As most of you have heard by now, Warriors' associate head coach Luke Walton has agreed to become the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Now comes the question of who replaces him next season. Here are a few options:
Mike D'Antoni: Currently an associate head coach with the 76ers. Great offensive mind with the most impressive resume of all candidates, including NBA Coach of the Year in 2005. Could be a great fit along with defensive guru Ron Adams.
David Blatt: Brilliant basketball mind who unfortunately was fired mid-season by the
Cavs LeBron. Never got a real shot to prove himself because instead of coaching a young, developing team, LeBron came over and changed it all. Also, Blatt was offered the associate head coaching role before by Steve Kerr but decided to go to Cleveland.
Brian Shaw: Another great coach who was fired by the Nuggets last summer. Spent six seasons as assistant coach under Phil Jackson in Los Angeles and two with the Pacers before joining the Nuggets as head coach. He is considered to be one of the most successful assistant coaches in the league.
Jarron Collins: A current assistant with the Warriors, has been part of the staff for the past two seasons. He was promoted along with Luke Walton last summer when Alvin Gentry left for the Pelicans job. Being a part of the the team the last two seasons makes him familiar with the system and the players.
Personally, I would like to see Mike D'Antoni on the Warriors' coaching staff next season. I think he fits the Warriors perfectly and no question that he has got enough experience as a head coach in case Steve Kerr misses some time.
Let me know who you guys want to see sit next to coach Kerr next season!
And congratulations and good-luck to Luke Walton!