Posted by Royce Young
The Warriors seem to be closing in on a narrowed list of candidates for their head coaching position. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com tweeted Monday that Mavs assistant Dwane Casey would be meeting with owner Joe Lacob once The Finals are over.
Another candidate that's said to be leading, though, is ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, according to NBA.com.
"Jackson is in the lead, according to a league source, having interviewed twice, the second time with owner Joe Lacob," the report says. "Lacob has also conducted interviews with Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and was believed to have conducted the Malone interview Sunday.
"Those two trail Jackson at the moment. But former Lakers assistant and Oakland native Brian Shaw and Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank aren't out of the mix. Shaw has yet to get a first interview set up by Golden State."
Right now, Detroit, Golden State and Toronto still have openings to be filled, and I think a lot will start to fall in place once The Finals wrap up. Casey seems to be in the mix for all three, and he's said previously that his attention is entirely on Dallas right now.
Jackson, though, has pushed hard for multiple coaching positions, but with no prior experience it's hard to say what kind of fit he'd be with the Warriors. He seems to favor defense because that's the sort of team he typically played on, so if that were so, it would be a bit of a culture change for the Warriors. Which is something Lacob has said in the past he favors, as he'd prefer that Golden State adopt more of a defensive-minded approach rather than run and gun.
Berger said that Jackson, Casey, Michael Malone and Mike Budenholzer are on a list that have or will meet with Lacob.