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Warriors contact Stan Van Gundy (and he sounds interested)

May 8, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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As expected, the Warriors have gone after Steve Kerr.

Also as expected, they’ve contacted Stan Van Gundy.

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

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Stan Van Gundy was on the Amani and Eytan show on NBC Sports Radio on Wednesday night sounding interested, as much as any coach says so publicly.

“I’m certainly willing to talk to, listen to, and I think from there you decide if both parties are interested in going further. It’s hard to say you’re interested until you sit down with people and I certainly have not done that with them….

“I think there are some positives with Golden State. As you say the talent level is there. Of the jobs that are open now they are clearly the most talented team out there. No. 2 you have a great, great fan base there, one of the best in the NBA . Number three, and I grew up there so I can speak to it, there aren’t many better places to live in the United States than the Bay Area in California. There are some positives and they are going to have a lot of people interested. I think it’s a matter of fit, that’s key in coaching jobs. It’s not going to work if there is not some common ground on philosophy.”

The search could take weeks, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. That should give Golden State time to pursue the third of its previously reported preferences, Fred Hoiberg.

After firing Mark Jackson, the Warriors need a strong replacement to win the trust of a locker room that supported Jackson. I think Van Gundy could be that coach.

He took the Magic to the NBA Finals, building a tough defense and efficient offense. The Warriors definitely need a coach who better takes advantage of their offensive strengths, something Van Gundy has shown he can do.

Van Gundy’s personality can also be grating over time, but that’s something to worry about down the road. Golden State needs a good coach now, and in that regard at least, Van Gundy fits the bill.

  1. csbanter - May 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    This a no-brainer, someone that has a proven track record vs. Kerr who hasn’t coached one minute in the NBA.

    • casualcommenter - May 8, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Absolutely – the Warriors’ owner made it clear that he has championship aspirations this year with the roster they’ve built. They don’t have time for a first year head coach to figure things out for a year or 2 – they need a guy who can coach games in the playoffs and win ASAP.

  2. jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    That’s gotta get the barbecue sauce in a mans veins flowing.

  3. ocgunslinger - May 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Stan would be an excellent selection for the Warriors. He just needs to remember who is signing his checks.

  4. au1978 - May 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    “Van Gundy’s personality can also be grating over time, but that’s something to worry about down the road.”

    Actually, considering what just happened with Jackson, that’s something to worry about right now.

  5. lastdukestreetking - May 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Jackson’s issue was with ownership/management and not the players. SVG’s style will eventually grate on the players & he should be fine with the owner.

  6. unxpexted1 - May 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    To me this is the only hire that would make the Jackson firing worth it if I was a GSW fan.

  7. convincedofthehex - May 8, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Noooooo!!! He can’t leave LeBatard’s radio show. Wednesdays were appointment listening!!!

  8. kb2408 - May 8, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    SVG is the man for the G. State job. I like Kerr and think he will be a successful coach but the Warriors need a coach that has been there and done that. Kerr can go to N.Y., install the Triangle and lean on Phil when things get rocky, as they most surely will in N.Y.

  9. Dogsweat - May 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    SVG is overrated and could not get a loaded Orlando Magic(Dwight Howard included) a NBA Ring.

    Steve Kerr is the guy for GSW job.

  10. campcouch - May 8, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Uh,he’s unemployed and someone just offered him a potential salary worth millions. interested.

  11. onlyavoice - May 9, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Stan “The Mouth” Van Gundy was not contacted,
    he was asked in an interview if he would be interested.
    Marc Spears has never been accurate in his reporting, never.
    his only source is himself.
    Bad blood in Miami twice. He blasted everyone from the Magic’s owners down, something you do not
    do as an NBA coach. (Losing is Never Stans fault)
    When Miami fired him, Riley kept him on the payroll with 1 stipulation, “Keep your Mouth Shut”, because they knew stan.
    Not 1 Heat players was sympathetic towards Stan when he got fired. None.
    I’d be VERY surprised if any team wanting to really compete for a title will call The Mouth & offer him a job. This is just typical Van Gundy brothers throwing their name in the pot. (No One wants Jeff, ever notice yet)

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