Slowly, the NBA's coaching carousel is winding down. The Lakers have their man. The Rockets, after interviewing everyone on the planet, appear to have theirs. What's currently left is Indiana's position and Golden State's opening.
And it looks like the Warriors might be closing in on a name. Via the Contra Costa Times:
Add another name to the list of finalists for the Warriors' head coaching vacancy: Mike Budenholzer.Budenholzer is part of a short list that is said to include Mavs assistant Dwane Casey, Boston assistant Lawrence Frank, former Rockets coach Rick Adelman (though he says he's done coaching) and ESPN analyst Mark Jackson.
It's not a new name, as the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach was mentioned almost immediately after Golden State parted ways with Keith Smart on April 27.
According to a team source, co-owner Joe Lacob is flying to San Antonio on Wednesday to interview Budenholzer. Lacob, who was present for the Warriors' predraft workout Tuesday at the team facility, didn't make himself available to the media and has declined to reveal the names of candidates. But if Lacob's trip to San Antonio suggests anything, it's that Budenholzer is being seriously considered.
Laker assistants Brian Shaw and Chuch Person were also candidates but reportedly didn't make the first cut.
The report says that it's likely a new coach will be hired before the June 23 draft, but that's not set in stone. Budenholzer has always been considered one of the top assistants in the game and coming from a rich pedigree in San Antonio under Gregg Popovich, he's an attractive candidate.
How would his system fit the Golden State roster? To be determined, obviously. However owner Joe Lacob has said he prefers to move into more of a defensive structured philosophy, which of course is in the ballpark of a coach like Budenholzer.