The 2014 NBA Playoffs hasn’t ended yet but we already saw some movement around the league, from teams that are not participating in the postseason. Although the free agency hasn’t started yet and teams can’t sign players to improve their roster, what they are allowed to do is to ink Head Coaches. Some of them already did while some others are still searching for the right coach. Let’s examine the latest Head Coaching news around the NBA.
Stan Van Gundy to the Detroit Pistons
After a disappointing course in the 2013 – 2014 season, in which the Detroit Pistons were expected to at least make it to the playoffs but failed to do so, the team has decided to bring in the 54 – year old Stan Van Gundy. The new head coach will hopefully turn the Pistons’ ship towards the right direction next season. Detroit certainly has some talent on-board but SVG needs to pull things together. The Pistons will certainly need some upgrades during the off-season and they will have to find the best way to handle the Greg Monroe case, who is set to become a free agent.
Golden State Warriors – New York Knicks in battle of Steve Kerr
Who could imagine earlier in the season that Steve Kerr, who has never coached through his career, would be the most wanted head coach in the NBA. Apparently, this seems to be the case now, as both the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors are fighting to ink him. The Knicks’ new president, Phil Jackson, has already shown his desire to bring him in but the 48 – year old former NBA star hinted that he would be more eager to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, who also have a vacant head coach position. A few weeks earlier the Knicks parted ways with coach Mike Woodson, who superseded Mike D’Antoni who went to coach the Lakers.
On the other hand, the Golden State Warriors surprised the league when they decided to fire Mark Jackson, after he recorded a rather successful tenure with the Dubs. The Warriors are also actively pursuing Steve Kerr and they stand good chances to eventually land him.
Who will be the next Head Coach of the Lakers?
After not one but two very disappointing, dramatic seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers eventually decided to part ways with Head Coach, Mike D’Antoni. Now, the Lakers are in search for their next head coach, who hopefully can take them out from a two-year slump and historically terrible situation. As Mitch Kupchak recently stated, he is not in a rush. We might see the Lakers bringing in a college coach, like Kevin Ollie or John Calipari.