Steinmetz: Warriors poised to move soon on coach?

May 13, 2011, 1:48 pm
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Warriors owner Joe Lacob and general manager Larry Riley made it clear in late April that there was no timetable for naming a new coach. Both went so far as to suggest it wasn't even necessary for the Warriors to find a coach by the NBA's draft in late June.But that was then.Things have changed some. The reality is that if Lacob and Riley have a man in mind to replace Keith Smart, they might want to get a move on.Why?RELATED: 13 potential replacements for Keith Smart
Because there are too many coaching vacancies out there -- and possibly more to come - and perhaps not enough A-list coaches available.As of now, there are coaching vacancies in Golden State, Houston, Indiana and with the L.A. Lakers. But there could be more movement in the coming weeks.It is certainly possible that Detroit's John Kuester will be let go once an ownership change takes place for the Pistons. That deal is expected to close by the end of May.There are also plenty of questions in Toronto, where general manager Brian Colangelo has yet to have his contracted extended -- and it expires on June 30. So, as you would figure, there's no assurance that coach Jay Triano will return.And don't forget Minnesota, where there remains a chance that Kurt Rambis will be fired.Obviously, the Warriors have a head start in the selection process over those teams, and it might be something they want to stay ahead of. It only makes sense that the more jobs that are out there, the less the chances the Warriors stand of getting their man.It has been reported that the Warriors either have interviewed or will interview Dallas assistant Dwane Casey, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and current Lakers assistant Brian Shaw.RELATED: Warriors get permission to talk with Lakers' Shaw
The Warriors were also said to be interested in gauging the interest of former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy. It is unknown whether the Warriors have spoken to either or whether either would be interested in the job.Rick Adelman, who was recently let go in Houston, may be on the Lakers' radar when it comes to replacing Phil Jackson. Of course, that would free up Shaw, considered L.A.'s lead candidate at this point.Shaw would likely draw interest from the Pacers, where Larry Bird is president of basketball operations. Shaw and Bird have a history from their playing days with the Boston Celtics in the late 1980s and early 1990s.Shaw had discussions with Indiana back in 2007, but the Pacers hired Jim O'Brien. Indiana is also said to be interested in Casey and Brown.Houston reportedly is to down to three finalists: Former Nets head coach and current Boston assistant Lawrence Frank, former Timberwolves head coach Kevin McHale and Casey.As you can see, some of the same candidates are in the mix for different positions. In other words, maybe there is a sense of urgency -- not just for the Warriors but for any team with a vacancy.NEWS: Jackson leaves Lakers for adventures beyond L.A.
Allowing a candidate to emerge during the interview process might now be a risky strategy for a team, particularly when that guy may be under consideration elsewhere. Teams might want to identify their man quickly and go after him decisively.After all, if they don't, some other team probably will.