No coach is perfect.
The Golden State Warriors are presumably aware of that fact, but they'll be looking to find the head coach who's perfect for their team all the same. In the wake of firing Mark Jackson on the heels of a 51-win season and a first-round exit in the playoffs, the Dubs aren't exactly lacking options.
Thus far, 12 names have stood out, via Rusty Simmons of SFGate.com, and they can be broken down into three overarching categories:
- The unemployed crop: Mike D'Antoni, Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Steve Kerr, Jerry Sloan and Stan Van Gundy
- The college guys: Fred Hoiberg and Kevin Ollie
- The coaches currently employed by NBA teams: David Fizdale, Alvin Gentry, Nate McMillan and Tom Thibodeau
Of the dozen, we'll be breaking down 11 here. Karl is immediately being ruled out because his lack of success in the postseason is the antithesis of what Golden State owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers are looking for in their Jackson replacement.
Analyzing a coaching fit is essentially a process filled with weighing pros against cons. Every candidate has some of both, but we'll be focusing on the biggest of each throughout this article.
The Warriors are a long way from making a decision (unless there are some serious behind-the-scenes machinations going on), but you can make yours any time you want. So, who's it going to be? Who should Golden State hand the clipboard to this offseason?