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Stan Van Gundy? No. Steve Kerr? Likely no. Is Lionel Hollins next up for Golden State?

May 14, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

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There was a division early on in the coaching search conducted by the Golden State front office — some people (owner Joe Lacob) were very high on Steve Kerr, others thought veteran coach Stan Van Gundy was the best fit. It was those two then really nobody els

Well, Van Gundy is now both the coach and president of basketball operations of the Detroit Pistons.

Steve Kerr has not yet signed — he’s got leverage, he’s wise to drag this out and get what he can — and the Warriors are making one final push for him, reports Monte Poole at CSNBayArea,com. However, most people around the league still expect Kerr to sign to coach the New York Knicks under the tutelage of Phil Jackson.

So what is next for the Warriors?

How about Lionel Hollins? Marcus Thompson II of the San Jose Mercury News says he likely is the next Golden State target.

After Van Gundy, the next best thing available is Hollins. There is interest from Warriors management, per one source, and some in the front office might even be of the opinion the Warriors should have already locked up Hollins. So if their clear first two choices don’t pan out, Hollins will likely get some attention from the Warriors.

But, there are some fit issues.

Golden State wants an offensive guy and Hollins definitely a defense-first candidate. His best offensive rating in Memphis came in 2009-10 — 108.3 points per 100 possessions (good for 13th in 2009-10). Last season, he had the Grizzlies 17th in offensive rating (104.9)….

To that end, I’m told Hollins is going to bring on a respected offensive mind as an assistant. No doubt, the Warriors would want to approve, but one name being linked to Hollins as an offensive-guru assistant is Paul Westphal.

This is an interesting fit. If the Warriors don’t land Kerr (and they likely will not) they should take a step back, reassess, then move forward again.

But Hollins would not be a bad call.

  1. ravenswhat - May 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Get to the playoffs yet still get fired? What coach wants in there??

    • spursareold - May 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      The 2013 CoY (George Karl), who also took his team to the playoffs, didn’t have his contract renewed.

      It’s not all that uncommon. I think after making the second round last year, expectations were higher than a 6th place finish and a first round out. There were also ‘fit’ issues. Jackson didn’t seem to get along with ANYONE in the organization except the players.

      • adamsjohn714 - May 14, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        It was entirely about him not getting along, in my estimation. Who realistically expected them to even get to a game 7 without Bogut?

    • azarkhan - May 14, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      What coach wants in there? Lionel Hollins, who in 2012-13 led Memphis to a franchise best 56 win season and the Western Conference finals, and then was fired. NBA owners are crazy stupid with the way they fire coaches, but it is what it is.

  2. mogogo1 - May 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    If Kerr isn’t careful he’s going to leave himself in the cold when all the vacancies are filled. That’d be very funny to see.

  3. miamiheatles - May 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Lionel Hollins butts heads with management just like Mark Jackson lol.

  4. biggredbird76 - May 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    That is what they get for firing a qualified person. No matter who comes in might not do it like Mark Jackson. GS looks real bad right now for what they have done.

  5. wilsonsoriano - May 14, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Lionel Hollins was my first choice all along. Hope they hire him. Will be a big mistake to hire Kerr

  6. jattsoorma - May 14, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    paul westphal is garbage, he had the kings running a read and react offense, basically freestyle the whole game.

  7. hurricanegrabowski - May 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Why are they even bothering interviewing when by far the best talent available is already employed by the team? Of course I am talking about the man, the myth, the legend, the alpha and omega in all things NBA related, that man is the White Mamba, Brian Scalabrine.

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