The Warriors coaching search seems to have lost one big name in the past few days -- with reports surfacing that TNT analyst Steve Kerr may be too engaged in talks with the Knicks to be a legitimate contender for the Warriors job. However, there are still plenty of high-impact names out there as Chat Sports presents to you the Top 3 Warriors Coaching Candidates As Of 5/12:
3. Alvin Gentry
A newcomer to the Warriors' coaching wishlist, former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry was run out of the Valley of the Sun after a 13-28 start to the 2012-13 season. While the current Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach has a sub-.500 record as an NBA head coach, his time in Phoenix was marred by bad-to-extremely awful personnel decisions by the team's front office. The overt lack of talent Gentry had to deal with in Phoenix won't be an issue in Golden State -- something management may take into account as they extend their search.
2. Lionel Hollins
According to the New York Post, "Lionel Hollins is the latest candidate to enter Golden State’s radar, as he will interview with the Warriors at the Chicago predraft combine that starts Thursday, an NBA source confirmed."
His defense-first philosophy wouldn't be a far cry from the direction the Warriors have been heading in the past two seasons. However, his advanced level of game-planning and offensive/defensive system installation may be just the boost the Dubs need to skyrocket to the top of the Western Conference.
1. Stan Van Gundy
Check this out from ESPN's Marc Stein:
Hearing Stan Van Gundy's first formal Warriors interview is "imminent." ESPN reported Saturday that SVG is "closest thing" to GSW top target
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 12, 2014
Stan Van Gundy's experience and proven track record in difficult-to-manage situations (here's look at you, Dwight Howard) make him an ideal candidate for any opening. He's reportedly a personal favorite of Warriors' owner Joe Lacob -- something which can't be denied as the interview process begins to ramp up in the next few days.