The Golden State Warriors recently fired head coach Mark Jackson, after he led the team to three straight years of improvement, and its first 50-win season in 20 years.
Now the search is on for the next head man to lead one of the NBA's best young rosters, and the candidate pool centers around Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy.
Kerr, who was the Phoenix Suns president and general manager from 2007-2010, has neve been a head coach at any level, but the fact that Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are in hot pursuit of Kerr, has validated him as a potential hire in some NBA circles.
A rookie coach hired off the television has been tried in Golden State, and while Jackson did improve the team, he ended up not being the right fit, and his unconventional approaches to practice and game preparation, are among the reasons he lost his job.
Those factors can't be at play with a team with such potential, and Stan Van Gundy would be the much better hire.
Van Gundy knows how to shepherd young player into becoming stars; his first season featured a rookie Dwyane Wade, who was making All-NBA teams after his rookie season, under Van Gundy.
He also brings major playoff coaching experience, having taken the Heat to game seven of the East finals, and the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals.
Van Gundy offers more in a preparation and experience way than Kerr, and he also will know how to handle the media through difficult circumstances.
He navigated the entire Dwight Howard debacle extremely well, and while he eventually lost his job, it was due, in large part to Howard wanting him gone and Magic management siding with its star player.
Stan Van Gundy's third shot in the NBA should be an outstanding one, with this outstanding young team, and with this experienced leader, they should be a threat to win the west for years to come...
If the Warriors brass makes the right call.
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