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Less than a week after the firing of Mark Jackson, the Warriors appear to be zeroing in on their next head coach.
Former Miami and Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy is the leading candidate, according to a Yahoo! Sports report as well as another league source.
Van Gundy has moved ahead of the team's top choice, Steve Kerr, mostly because Kerr is only a few details away from becoming the next coach of the Knicks. Kerr has a long relationship with Warriors CEO Joe Lacob and his son, Kirk. Kerr, however, has a longer and deeper relationship with new Knicks boss Phil Jackson.
Which leaves Van Gundy, 54, as the top candidate, even though the Warriors are considering several others and have not dismissed the possibility of luring Tom Thibodeau from the Bulls.
Van Gundy, who has not coached in the two years since he was fired by the Magic in May 2012, sat out one season before serving as a college basketball radio analyst in 2013-14.
Last week Van Gundy expressed a desire to return to coaching, going so far as pointing out the virtues of the Bay Area. He attended Alhambra High in Martinez, a half-hour drive from Oakland.