Pros and Cons for Golden State Warriors Hiring Stan Van Gundy

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Pros and Cons for Golden State Warriors Hiring Stan Van Gundy
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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.

Per a tweet from ESPN’s Marc Stein, Van Gundy’s first interview with the Warriors is "imminent." An ESPN report from Stein and Ian Begley also noted that he's the "closest thing" to a top target.

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.

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