OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob has never been afraid to take a risk. And he knows his latest move -- firing coach Mark Jackson -- comes with a lot of risk.
Lacob just believes it’s one worth taking.
After jettisoning Jackson on Tuesday, Lacob and general manager Bob Myers moved forward on filling the team’s coaching vacancy Wednesday. Lacob said he has no set criteria for his next coach and no timetable to make the hire, but he’s counting on the search to attract more candidates -- and more top-tier talent -- than when he hired Jackson three years ago.
"We do have some ideas of what we want to do," Lacob said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "We will look at all the basic aspects such as basketball experience, and I don’t mean coaching necessarily. Someone like Mark Jackson had played 17 years in the NBA, that’s a lot of experience. In this case it might be more coaching experience, it might not. We’re kind of open to that.
"But it has to be someone with good pedigree, someone who’s a leader, someone who can deal with the pressure of a situation. We have been somewhat successful now and want to go to the next level."
The job is certainly a far more attractive one than when Lacob hired Jackson away from the ESPN/ABC broadcast table in June 2011. The Warriors are coming off a 51-win season and consecutive playoff appearances for the first time in 20 years, and they’ve surrounded star Stephen Curry with young talent.