The Golden State Warriors hired Steve Kerr away from the New York Knicks this past week but only after the Detroit Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy away from them. While the hiring of Kerr is a big deal, we are learning more about why Stan Van may have spurned the Dubs in favor of the Motor City.
According to Marc Berman from the New York Post, Van Gundy may have rejected the Warriors out of respect for Mark Jackson and how that how situation ended for a man he considers a friend.
Van Gundy could have been turned off by Golden State’s handling of Mark Jackson, a dear friend of his brother, Jeff Van Gundy.
“He’s real close to Jeff,’’ Stan Van Gundy said. “I respect him as a person and what he did in Golden State.”
It’s unclear just what drove Stan Van to agree to be hired by the Pistons over the Warriors but his relationship with Jackson may have played a role. There was also more power to be had in Detroit, but Golden State didn’t really do right by Jackson with the way things ended and it’s clear that something about the situation bothered Stan Van Gundy enough to choose another job.