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Report: Warriors' list includes Thibodeau, Hollins, D'Antoni

By James Herbert | NBA writer

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The Golden State Warriors are considering more than just "top candidates" Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy for their vacant head coaching position, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons.

The Warriors are expected to contact the Chicago Bulls to explore the availability of their head coach, defensive whiz Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant in Boston when Lacob was a minority owner of the 2008 champion Celtics.

They're also believed to be considering the merits of former NBA head coaches Lionel Hollins, Mike D'Antoni, George Karl and Jerry Sloan, and college head coaches Fred Hoiberg and Kevin Ollie, and are waiting for assistants David Fizdale, Alvin Gentry and Nate McMillan, the latter two former head coaches, to complete playoff runs.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob told the San Francisco Chronicle that the search could take anywhere from one day to two months and could involve up to a dozen interviews, but "we have a very good idea of what we're interested in."

When Golden State reached out to Van Gundy, he was informed that the team would be speaking to "a bushel of other candidates."

Thibodeau is obviously a compelling one if Chicago allows him to explore the opportunity. The 2011 Coach of the Year has a track record of overachieving with the Bulls, and it would be interesting to see how he handled a roster with as much as scoring talent as there is in Golden State.

The slow-it-down style he's employed in Chicago would make zero sense for Stephen Curry and company, but he's a brilliant basketball mind and you'd think he'd adapt his offense to his personnel. Lionel Hollins, who last worked with the grind-it-out Grizzlies, is in a similar category. Mike D'Antoni and George Karl could have the Warriors averaging 130 points per game.

The Knicks are still the favorites to land Kerr, who hopes to decide on his next destination by Friday, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman, and he reportedly never had any interest in the Lakers or Jazz. New York is expected to give Kerr a formal offer on Friday, and, according to Berman, Knicks president Phil Jackson has already told Carmelo Anthony that he believes Kerr will be aboard. While the Warriors have a more talented group of players, Kerr's relationship with Jackson has reportedly made Golden State a fall-back option.
According to Simmons, the Warriors are looking to take their time, but they may have to make a decision quicker than they'd like to because of the Kerr situation.
 
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