According to a source, the Golden State Warriors do not feel especially good about their chances of landing Steve Kerr to be their next head coach. It seems the former sharpshooter and current TNT analyst is “too deep” in talks with the Knicks and Phil Jackson to suddenly change course, and given his pre-existing relationship with Jackson it would seem unlikely anything would dramatically change.
The same source says that the Warriors are interested in Bay Area native Stan Van Gundy, who last coached for Orlando in 2011-12 before being fired at the end of the season (possibly at the behest of Dwight Howard). With Kerr out of the running, though, it dials back the urgency for the Warriors given that they likely now have the top available job on the coach market.
They may have some damage control to do on their own end first after the firing of Mark Jackson last week, given that star Stephen Curry came out and said publicly that Jackson “deserves to be our coach” and “for him to be in a situation where his job is under scrutiny and under question is totally unfair.”
While it’s certainly management’s prerogative to have a coach in place whom they can work with, they also owe it to their team to at least listen to what they have to say. While they can’t un-fire Jackson, they’ll need to be very aware of what Curry et al. think when the next hire is made.