Recognizing that their No. 1 choice as their next head coach has yet to finalize a deal with the Knicks, the Warriors are chasing Steve Kerr halfway across the country.
They could find out as soon as Wednesday if their trip to Oklahoma, where they met with Kerr, will pay off in landing the coach they've coveted for months.
Kerr and his agent, Mike Tannenbaum, have spent weeks negotiating with the Knicks, who by all accounts remain the front-runner for Kerr. He has a long history with new Knicks boss Phil Jackson, dating back to when Jackson coached Kerr with the Bulls.
The Warriors, according to sources, believe the ongoing but inconclusive Knicks-Kerr talks provide an opportunity to persuade Kerr that he'd rather remain in California, where he has lived for most of his life.
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Another reason the Warriors remain hopeful is Kerr's personal familiarity with CEO Joe Lacob and his son, Kirk. Joe Lacob says he has known Kerr for almost 20 years.
The Warriors also interviewed their No. 2 candidate, Stan Van Gundy, but those talks ended Monday when the team denied Van Gundy's request for a measure of authority over the roster. Van Gundy on Tuesday turned to the Pistons, who met that request. They reached an agreement and he is scheduled to be introduced Thursday in Detroit.
The Warriors, as first reported by Yahoo! Sports, immediately refocused on Kerr.
Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers traveled on Tuesday night to Oklahoma City, where Kerr is working the Thunder-Clippers series as a TV analyst for TNT. Kerr said he plans to continue his TV work through the conference finals, which could last until early June.
A decision is expected very soon, partly because the NBA Draft Combine gets under way Thursday in Chicago.