Steinmetz: Warriors poised to move soon on coach?


Steinmetz: Warriors poised to move soon on coach?


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.

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.