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Another report Warriors, Stan Van Gundy nearing deal

May 13, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

UPDATE: This deal fell apart pretty much as Mannix talked about it. Now it looks like Stan Van Gundy is headed to Detroit.

We said it, a lot of people said it when Golden State’s owners fired Mark Jackson as coach, a guy the players loved and who just won 51 games:

You just put all the pressure on yourself to hit a home run with the next hire.

Stan Van Gundy would be pretty close to a home run.

That marriage seems to be moving on the fast track, with another report confirming it, this one from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

This is the best move by Golden State — he is the best coach available for this roster.

One of the knocks on Jackson was he was not an Xs and Os guy, he was the motivator who leaned on assistants for a lot of that. Van Gundy is a strong defensive coach with a great grasp of strategy and systems. He is going to not only put Stephen Curry in good spots to succeed, he will do it for Klay Thompson and others. Look at what he did in Orlando, where he spaced the floor brilliantly with Dwight Howard inside and three point shooters around him — a version of that can work in Golden State with their shooters.

What’s more, Van Gundy is one of the best defensive minds in the game. The Warriors were a good defensive team likely to even get a little better.

It’s likely going to take some roster tweaks to get Golden State competing in the West with the top three (San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the L.A. Clippers) but Van Gundy is the coach who can help that that roster to the next level.

Bottom line: Hire him and the Warriors get better. That’s all you can ask.

  1. muathjam21 - May 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Great move by the Dubs if this deal goes through. Mark Jackson did well – but when you’re not a strategist and not exactly the easiest guy to communicate with – you will eventually plateau as a coach.

    • antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      SVG is an easy guy to communicate with? We’ll see how well Stan’s strategies work without Dwight Howard or Shaq.

  2. detroitbasketballfan - May 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    great hire, Stan has coached many different styles of teams, with orlando it was shooters around the post and he coached Miami with shaq and wadeto what could have been a finals berth had wade not gotten hurt before the final game in his first year. He is a good strategist and the players will also respect him in my opinion.

  3. loungefly74 - May 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    great pick up to acquire Ron Jeremy look-a-like Stan Van Gundy.

  4. Empress Samantha - May 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    SVG was my first choice. Hope they get him.

  5. michaelxvo - May 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Shaq called him ‘FRONT RUNNER’ for a reason. At critical moment when the game is on the line. He seems to lose the mental battle. If he is all that good, why Pat Riley let him go and chose Erik Spoelstra over him five years ago.

  6. arrondior - May 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I like this hire. Looking forward to the Warriors being more successful in the post-season. IMO they had everything they needed to beat the Clips.

    • kgsf - May 13, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      They didn’t have a center! If they had any center they would have beat Clips. They have a porcelain doll playing center. If he stays healthy they can win. If not, they are a good team, not a great one. They won 51 games! In 11 seasons, Don Nelson won 50+ games 2 times, and only more than 44 wins once. Yet in 3 seasons Jackson, wins 23 games, then 47 games, THEN 51 games!!!! and you fire him?

      What comes to mind is when the 49ers fired Steve Marriucci right after they lost to Tampa Bay in the Championship game. They didn’t make the playoffs again for 9 years!!!!

      • arrondior - May 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        I think the real issue with Jackson is that he wasn’t the guy drawing the plays from everything I keep reading. I’m not knocking the importance of having a guy who can motivate men to give their best effort. HOWEVER, if you can find a guy who excels at strategy and is a good leader, you have a better chance at stepping up to the next level. I think that’s why Jackson was fired. I agree with you. They need to fix their front court to make that step to the next level as well, but you know I think Jackson fired himself in a lot of ways. By butting heads and not being as involved in the planning

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