Reports: Fred Hoiberg, Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy interest Warriors as Mark Jackson replacements
Who will coach the Golden State Warriors next season?
If choosing one name, it has to be Mark Jackson. The team’s current coach led the Warriors to 51 wins and back-to-back playoff berths for the first time since the early 1990s, and he’s under contract for another year.
But Jackson or the field? That’s a tough question.
No matter what the Warriors do, they’ll consider replacements for Jackson as they determine Jackson’s fate.
Because the Warriors’ players have so strongly bought into Jackson’s coaching, Stein’s opinion – one I strongly endorse – is the Warriors should fire Jackson only if the replacement is an undeniable upgrade.
That’s not Kerr, who has no coaching experience. That’s also not Hoiberg, who has no professional coaching experience.
It’s probably Van Gundy – though he might be the hardest to land. If any available coach can keep the Warriors strong defensively and boost their middling offense, it’s him. As Stein reports, though, Van Gundy has grown happy broadcasting and spending time with his family.
Jackson – with his regressing offense, hockey-style substitutions and inability to work with his assistant coaches – leaves a lot to be desired. But finding and hiring an upgrade won’t necessarily be easy, and that might save Jackson’s job.