After openly expressing affection for the Bay Area last week, interviewing to become head coach of the Warriors and becoming their primary target, Stan Van Gundy has chosen to go elsewhere, according to multiple reports.
He chose Detroit over the Bay Area for a couple reasons, neither of which was the weather or the living experience.
Reason No. 1 is, as usual, money. The Pistons reportedly were willing to pay $35 million, spread out over five years. That's almost $2 million per year more than the Warriors were offering – and more than double what the Warriors paid former coach Mark Jackson.
Reason No. 2, which may be more relevant in a position of constant turnover, is that the Pistons were willing to give Van Gundy broader authority than he would have received with the Warriors.
That evidently trumps a homecoming for Van Gundy, who spent most of his youth in Martinez, about 30 miles from Oakland.
Van Gundy, as first reported by ESPN and NBA.com, will become head coach and president of basketball operations in Detroit. Van Gundy becomes, like Gregg Popovich with the Spurs and Doc Rivers with the Clippers, the foremost voice on all basketball matters for his team.
Though Van Gundy is expected to hire a general manager, he has position himself to be fired only by owner Tom Gores.
The Warriors will continue their search for Jackson's replacement. They are making a final push for Steve Kerr – who is lined up to sign with the Knicks – and are expected to speak with former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins by the end of the week.