By RantSports Staff on May 7, 2014
The Golden State Warriors made a bold move on Tuesday by firing Mark Jackson. After getting the Warriors to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in over 20 years, Jackson's efforts apparently weren't enough.
So who's up next for the Warriors? Here's a look at five rumored candidates to be the next head coach in Oakland:
Stan Van's name has been all over the internet as of late. The T-Wolves were reportedly interested in him and now it's being said that the Warriors may want to talk with him about coaching as well. Is he a good fit with the Warriors? It's hard to see him doing better than Jackson did.
Golden State is apparently very high on Hoiberg. The ISU coach is getting lots of NBA attention these days, but it's very unlikely that he'll leave the Cyclones. Hoiberg is The Mayor of Ames for a reason and ISU is paying him more than fairly to roam its sidelines.
Ollie seems more likely to jump to the pros than Hoiberg. He's already won a national championship and it's thought that he'll seriously entertain the idea of going to the Association in the coming days and weeks. As for his fit with the Warriors? There's nothing about him that leads you to believe a relationship wouldn't work.
Every franchise wants Steve Kerr to be its coach these days. Once a lock to go to New York, Kerr is now said to be weighing his options before he leaves the announcers booth. The safe bet is still that he'll end up in New York with Phil Jackson, but the Warriors are clearly a much better team right now.
Believe it or not, D'Antoni is reportedly interested in coaching the Warriors. It's unknown whether the interest is mutual, but he is a realistic candidate. Golden State's size and speed seem to fit in with what D'Antoni does offensively, and the guy has definitely been around the block a time or two.
He may not be the best option, but of all the rumored candidates for this job, D'Antoni makes the most sense so far.
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