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Report: Warriors to contact Thibodeau, D'Antoni

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 09 2014 10:31:48 AM CDT
Updated On: May 09 2014 11:56:47 AM CDT
Mike D'Antoni, NBA coach

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The Golden State Warriors are planning to contact Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and former Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni for their vacancy, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Thibodeau was an assistant with the Boston Celtics when current Warriors owner Joe Lacob was a minority owner of the Celtics when they won the NBA title in 2008.

D'Antoni, who resigned as Lakers coach after the regular season after the team refused to extend his contract, is on a list of names that also includes former NBA coaches Lionel Hollins, George Karl and Jerry Sloan, and current college coaches Fred Hoiberg and Kevin Ollie.

The Warriors are also reportedly waiting for NBA assistants David Fizdale, Alvin Gentry and Nate McMillan to complete playoff runs.

Lacob told the Chronicle that the search for a new coach may take anywhere from one day to two months and could include up to a dozen interviews.

The Warriors are looking to replace Mark Jackson, whom they fired earlier this week. They already contacted former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy about the job. Van Gundy was reportedly informed that the team has "a bushel of other candidates."

Thibodeau could be an odd fit for the Warriors. He runs a slow-paced, defensive-minded Bulls squad. The Warriors have had success in running a more quicker-paced offense featuring sharp-shooting guard Stephen Curry.

D'Antoni and Karl are known for their fast-paced brand of basketball.

TNT analyst Steve Kerr has also been reported as interested but he is also being pursued by the New York Knicks, who may formally offer him the job this week.

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