Stan Van Gundy likes the talent on the Warriors’ roster. He grew up a Warriors fan and appreciates that the fan base in one of the best. He went to high school in Martinez and recognizes the attractiveness of living in the Bay Area.
But the biggest factor for Van Gundy is going to be synergy with ownership and management, something he recognized was not there for Mark Jackson, who was fired last week.
“There are some real positives,” Van Gundy said on NBC Radio last week about the Warriors coaching job. “They’re going to have a lot of very good people interested, but it’s a matter of fit I think from both sides. And I think that’s what’s key in coaching jobs.
“It’s not going to work if there’s not some common ground on philosophy, on the culture you want around the team, on the way things are going to be done, and clearly that was the problem in Golden State. They were not on the same page with Mark. Mark was effective, very effective in the way he did things, but it didn’t meet the way their front office wanted it done. They’re going to have to find that fit.”
Many believe Van Gundy was forced to resign from his head coaching job at Miami midseason in 2005 so that his general manager, Pat Riley, could take over and go on to win the NBA championship with that team.
Van Gundy, who cited a need to spend more time with family when he resigned, now might want to get back into coaching if the situation is right. And the right fit might come down to how he gets along with Joe Lacob and Bob Myers rather than the attractiveness of coaching Stephen Curry and company.
“I look at jobs a little bit differently I think than even most coaches out there,” Van Gundy told The Dan Patrick Show earlier this month. “The roster really is not of much concern to me. I think jobs — probably not just coaching jobs, but that’s all I know, probably jobs in any industry — I think it all comes down to who you’re working for and who you’re working with.
“If you go in somewhere and you’re on the same page, you have similar core values, similar philosophy to your front office, to your boss, then I think that is a really good job regardless of the roster. You could go in somewhere that has a great roster, but where you’re going to be at odds with your front office because you don’t agree with the way they do things, that to me is a bad job.”