Steinmetz: Warriors' coaching search to quicken


Steinmetz: Warriors' coaching search to quicken


Warriors owner Joe Lacob is on his way back to the country, which figures to mean the team's head coaching search is likely to pick up some.Warriors general manager Larry Riley has been contacting potential candidates and even meeting with a few, but with Lacob returning from a two-week trip overseas, things could accelerate. On April 27, the Warriors announced they were not picking up Keith Smart's option for the 2011-12 season.
Lacob will be in Secaucus, N.J., for the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday, and then it's familiarizing himself with some candidates.Here's what we know so far:
--The Warriors have asked for permission to talk to Dallas assistant Dwane Casey and Lakers assistants Brian Shaw and Chuck Person.--The Warriors also have reached out to former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown.--According to SI.com, Golden State officials met with Brown and Casey last week.--The Warriors contacted former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, but both declined interviews. According to sources, Sloan indicated to the Warriors he is not likely to return to coaching and Van Gundy told the Warriors he wasn't looking to get back into coaching at this time because of family matters.--The Warriors had interest in San Antonio assistant coach Mike Budenholzer, but Budenholzer indicated at the end of the Spurs' playoff series that while he wanted to be a head coach some day, the time was not now. There is a belief among some around the league that Budenholzer is likely to replace Gregg Popovich when Popovich eventually steps down.

Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'


Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

After four years in Oakland, Harrison Barnes was forced to leave town when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant last summer.

Barnes just finished the first year of a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

So, does the former first-round pick miss his old home?

"I like living in Dallas but will always have love for Oakland!!" Barnes said in response to a question on Twitter on Sunday.

Barnes also picked his favorite restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco.

"Belly in Oakland or Amber in SF," Barnes wrote.

Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'


Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'

For the third straight summer, Steve Kerr has had a shortened offseason to work with.

While he is working on things for the 2017-18 season, he's not trying to cram as much work into a short period of time. He's taking time to relax and enjoy the summer.

In an interview with The Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday, Kerr pulled back the curtain on how's spending the time before training camp starts.

“I’m on the phone, talking to Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat. It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden, I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room,” Kerr said.

What could Kerr and Myers possibly talk about every single day?

“We talk about players, talk about roles. We talked a lot about Nick Young and [Omri] Casspi before we signed those guys. Talked a lot about our center position. Bob and I talk every day, kind of the first thing in the morning we check in with each other, usually talk for a half hour. We’re really close. He just got back from a great vacation, in Italy,” Kerr said.

Kerr and the defending champion Warriors get back on the court Sept. 30 in a preseason tilt against the Nuggets in Oakland. Then they head to China to play the Timberwolves twice before returning to face the Kings at home on Oct. 13. Four days later, they raise a banner, get their rings and tip-off the regular season against the Rockets.