After being passed over last week for Kevin McHale for the Houston Rockets top coaching gig, C’s top lieutenant Lawrence Frank is reportedly in the mix of finalists to replace Keith Smart in Golden State according to CSN Bay Area:
Mike Brown was considered a leading candidate, but then he took the Los Angeles Lakers head job. Dwane Casey, Lawrence Frank and Brian Shaw are now said to be on the Warriors’ short list.
Put Mark Jackson on that list, too. He appears to be a finalist.
Jackson — the former New York Knick, Indiana Pacer and current analyst for ESPN and ABC — is very much being considered for the Golden State job. In fact, Jackson has had two conversations with the Warriors, including one with owner Joe Lacob, according two NBA sources.
With reports coming out of Detroit that John Kuester is due to be dismissed, the chances of Frank landing a head coaching spot have improved. With that said though, he faces stiff competition for all of these positions, based on these reports. Lacob has strong ties to Boston, so a recommendation from Ainge and company could mean more than usual. From the sounds of this article however, Jackson appears to be the front-runner at this point.