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Reports: Fred Hoiberg, Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy interest Warriors as Mark Jackson replacements


Who will coach the Golden State Warriors next season?

If choosing one name, it has to be Mark Jackson. The team’s current coach led the Warriors to 51 wins and back-to-back playoff berths for the first time since the early 1990s, and he’s under contract for another year.

But Jackson or the field? That’s a tough question.

Golden State’s internal dysfunction among coaches and management has been well-documented, and even though it might not be Jackson’s fault, changing the coach might fix it.

No matter what the Warriors do, they’ll consider replacements for Jackson as they determine Jackson’s fate.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News:

Joe Lacob’s main momentous decision on Mark Jackson’s future might not be precisely about Mark Jackson at all.

It could be about Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg—is Warriors management’s theoretical top choice willing to talk about coming to the Warriors?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Two coaching names known to interest Golden State greatly, sources say, are Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy. I find it equally tough to picture Kerr turning Phil Jackson down now, as far as Kerr’s dalliance with the Knicks has gone, so look for the Warriors to explore the SVG option hard if (when?) Jackson’s reign is brought to an end.

Because the Warriors’ players have so strongly bought into Jackson’s coaching, Stein’s opinion – one I strongly endorse – is the Warriors should fire Jackson only if the replacement is an undeniable upgrade.

That’s not Kerr, who has no coaching experience. That’s also not Hoiberg, who has no professional coaching experience.

It’s probably Van Gundy – though he might be the hardest to land. If any available coach can keep the Warriors strong defensively and boost their middling offense, it’s him. As Stein reports, though, Van Gundy has grown happy broadcasting and spending time with his family.

Jackson – with his regressing offense, hockey-style substitutions and inability to work with his assistant coaches – leaves a lot to be desired. But finding and hiring an upgrade won’t necessarily be easy, and that might save Jackson’s job.

Kings’ Karl admits mistakes in DeMarcus Cousins trade controversey

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In the NBA, elite players have the leverage. It is just simple supply and demand.

DeMarcus Cousins is an elite player — and a favorite of owner Vivek Ranadive. He is not going anywhere.

Which made this summer’s “George Karl wants trade Cousins” a battle the coach couldn’t ultimately win — the owner wasn’t going to sign off on it, and the fans are going to side with Boogie. Remember Karl said he never had a player that was untradable, and that spiraled into reports Karl probed trade options with other teams, much to the frustration of management and Cousins himself.

Karl owned up to some of his mistakes in an interview on Comcast Bay Area, as reported by James Ham at

“To be honest with you, I apologized to DeMarcus for making the trade comment that I’ve never coached a player that’s untradeable,” Karl told Christensen. “That was wrong for me to say, because you all (the media) took it and blew it up into crazy.”

“But it’s my responsibility to be smart enough to not say things like that,” Karl continued. “So I did apologize because I thought that was the only thing, maybe some other things, but really the only thing that got us separated was that comment that then everybody wrote the we’re going to trade [Cousins].”

The relationship between Cousins and Karl — not to mention Rajon Rondo and other veterans — is the biggest key to the Kings’ season. Karl and Cousins say their relationship is solid now, but what happens when that is put under stress at some point during the season?

In talking to people around the team, the Kings players seemed to have formed a tight bond — even if part of the glue of that bond is a distrust of Karl that can work for them. This is a team that has the talent to compete for the bottom couple playoff seeds in the Western Conference, but everybody needs to be pulling on the rope in the same direction. We will see pretty quickly if the Kings can do that.

Pistons reveal “Detroit Chrome” alternate uniform

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I’m a fan of the Pistons’ alternate uniforms in general — their “Motor City” ones may be may favorite alternates around the league.

Now they have a new one — Detroit Chrome.

The Pistons will break these out for seven home games this season. From the official release:

The inspiration for the Detroit Chrome jerseys came about as a way to honor our coolest cars from the past and the cars of the future. Detroit is universally known as the auto capital of the world, where chrome leaves an indelible mark on the cars we create. The uniforms feature a matte chrome base color with clean simple lines inspired by the classic muscle cars that have roared up and down Woodward Avenue for decades. The navy trim and Detroit emblazoned across the chest represent the blue collar work ethic that the auto industry and region was built on.

Clean, simple, cool — I like it.

That would look good in the first round of the playoffs, too. (I’m predicting they get the eight seed.)