With only three weeks left before the NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors are still without a a head coach. But according to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Steinmetz, majority owner Joe Lacob is making sure to do his due diligence as he will reportedly meet with New Orleans Hornets assistant Mike Malone sometime next week.
Of the slew of possible replacements for Keith Smart that have swirled around the rumor mill, the only other candidates aside from Malone to have met with Lacob at this point are ESPN analyst Mark Jackson and San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer. There currently are head coach openings in Toronto and Indiana, and could have more in Detroit and Minnesota, so the window of opportunity to get their guy is whittling away for the W’s.
Malone is the son of longtime NBA coach Brendan Malone, and went to the playoffs five years in a row when he was an assistant to Mike Brown for the Cavaliers. He’s a defensive minded guy who would be a good fit for the Warriors moving forward.
But for now, we’ll just continue to wait.
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