When the Golden State Warriors gamble, they do so with every intention of collecting a jackpot payday at the end of their bets.
That's not unlike the rest of us. If it was, Las Vegas wouldn't be the global destination that it's become.
What separates the Warriors from us common folk, though, is their standard of acceptable winnings. Mark Jackson delivered the franchise its best two-year stretch in more than two decades (98 wins, nine playoff victories), but he'll back broadcasting games for ESPN next season, no doubt reminding the basketball world about the perils of uncontested shots—hand down, man down.
The Dubs have doubled down on the broadcast booth in unearthing a championship coach, this time in the form of TNT analyst (and former player-turned-executive) Steve Kerr. It remains to be seen if he knows coaching, but the guy knows titles, having helped capture five of them under two of the sharpest minds in the profession: Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.
Clearly, the Warriors believe Kerr can deliver similar success to this organization. The team staked a cool $25 million in his ability to do just that.
Whether he has the resources to do so is moot. This franchise wants results, putting intense pressure on a coach who hasn't even been formally announced yet. The clock hasn't started on his tenure, but somehow it's already ticking.
With win-now pieces in place—in the eyes of the front office, at least—the expectation is for Kerr to produce something of substance immediately. With that in mind, let's run through the most critical items on the first-time coach's checklist.