The Golden State Warriors are having a hard time reaching a deal with potential candidates. Steve Kerr has been the first choice from the beginning, however upon thinking he was lost to the cause the Warriors began courting Stan Van Gundy.
However, it was leaked Tuesday that Van Gundy has reached a deal with the Detroit Pistons (according to an anonymous source close to the team). Van Gundy will not only be coaching the Pistons, but also running their basketball operations. A potential reason he chose the Pistons over the Warriors.
Upon hearing the news, the Warriors flew to Oklahoma City to meet with Kerr in person. Kerr is also in talks with the New York Knicks, who are apparently his top choice due to his relationship with president Phil Jackson. At the moment, the only problem being discussed is the length of contract; Kerr wants five years while the Knicks are offering four.
Was the visit successful? It’s difficult to say. One selling point is that the Warriors are coming off of a 51 win season, while the Knicks finished with 37 wins. This alone may make it a hard sell.
Kerr’s agent, Mike Tannenbaum told ESPN that “Steve’s a really thoughtful guy, he’s weighing all his options right now.”
Replacing Mark Jackson is proving more difficult than expected. The Warriors must not reach a point of desperation. A good fit needs to be found rather than settling on a coach who is “good enough”. Those rumored to be in the forefront of additional choices are Mike D’Antoni, Fred Hoiberg, Kevin Ollie, George Karl and Jerry Sloan.