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Kevin McHale Should Be the Next Coach of the Golden State Warriors

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 01:  Head coach Kevin McHale of Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to a call on one of his players in the second half against the Boston Celtics on February 1, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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William ButchkoContributor IMay 21, 2011

The Warriors just had an informal meeting with Kevin McHale for their head coaching vacancy and those talks should be formalized immediately.

McHale's hiring could help with one of the Warriors' biggest problems: the declining play of Andris Biedrins. McHale would offer hope in the development of Ekpe Udoh and any possible draft prospect.

McHale worked wonders with Al Jefferson in Minnesota. With McHale as coach, Al Jefferson looked like the next great big man. Jefferson led a surprising Timberwolves team to playoff contention before an injury sidelined both him and the team's chances. What has happened to Jefferson's career since McHale was fired? His value and potential has disappeared as he disappointed first in Minnesota and now in Utah.

McHale, a Hall of Fame big man, gives Andris Biedrins the best chance at a revival. With Biedrin's near-elite rebounding skills, if he can get one-tenth of McHale's arsenal of post moves then he will no longer be an albatross around the franchise's neck, but, at worst, a great asset.

Ekpe Udoh has already demonstrated impressive defensive ability, but his offense is raw, to say the least. What better to increase his ability and make him a two-way player than to give him a coach that has a proven ability to develop big men offensively.

The Warriors could choose Mike Brown, who would probably work on the team's defense, but with the current lineup, who knows what can be done there. His fans argue that his simplistic offensive schemes were the product of Lebron James, a star who needed the ball in his hands, but what proof is there that he can come up with the kind innovative offense that the Warriors will need to be competitive?

Even if Brown greatly improves the Warriors defense, a counterbalancing decline in offense would leave the team out of the playoffs, but without the excitement of the high scoring.

Brian Shaw is interesting, but only one man (Phil Jackson) has made the triangle work at the NBA level. Why sign players like David Lee with the hopes of competing today in the playoffs and then sign a coach who will be a project? If Brian Shaw was a sure thing, then the Lakers would have locked him down.

If Golden State gets McHale, the worst-case scenario is that the team does not improve, but Biedrins, Udoh and possibly Lee become more valuable as assets. Without a clear choice as a future great, as I thought Tom Thibodeau was last year (not that the club could have topped the Chicago offer), the smart choice is to take the one that is guaranteed to bring the most to the table.

Let's get McHale and train a frontcourt that can make us competitive. Let's turn a weakness to a strength.  

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