After making the decision to fire head coach Mark Jackson following a 51-win season and a first-round playoff exit, the Golden State Warriors are reportedly targeting Stan Van Gundy to fill the job opening.
Jackson became yet another victim in the line of coaches relieved of their duties following successful seasons. The Denver Nuggets fired George Karl after a 57-win campaign in 2012-13. The Memphis Grizzlies, meanwhile, parted ways with Lionel Hollins despite a Western Conference Finals run.
Now it’s possible that SVG will have to live up to the organization’s lofty standards. He hasn’t coached in the NBA since 2011-12, but successful stints with the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat remain his calling card.
Bringing in the mustachioed Van Gundy brother has its fair share of pros and cons. He's a proven winner, but can he follow the yearly improvement Jackson put on his own coaching resume?
Management needs a perfect candidate to replace Jackson. Van Gundy’s overall experience and impact on specific players would make him an intriguing hire.