According to a report from Marc Stein and Ian Begley of ESPN.com, former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy is the top target of the Golden State Warriors.
It comes as no surprise that the Warriors would target an established coach like Van Gundy. After firing Mark Jackson despite all of the success he had with the Warriors, making the playoffs twice, including a 4-2 upset of the Denver Nuggets in 2013 and pushing the Los Angeles Clippers to seven games this season without center Andrew Bogut.
According to Tim Kawakmi of The San Jose Mercury News, Van Gundy is indeed the frontrunner.
My thoughts on Stan Van Gundy: I think he’s the clear leader of the “known commodity” group, which would also include Lionel Hollins (whom the Warriors will interview at the draft combine in Chicago, according to Yahoo’s Marc Spears), Nate McMillan and a few other veteran coaches who do not currently have HC jobs and therefore can be discussed relatively openly.
All very solid names.
But I also think the Warriors will have a side “unofficial” pool of candidates–guys who currently have HC jobs or guys who otherwise don’t want to be discussed publicly, so the Warriors cannot acknowledge them or speak to them officially until they get permission.
Van Gundy is 371-208 in the regular season and 48-39 in the playoffs in his career.