Lacob’s axe has fallen on Keith Smart. No surprise there, of course. He never had a chance. Lacob didn’t want him, and made absolutely sure that he couldn’t succeed by gutting his bench.
It will be interesting to see whether Lacob begins his coaching search before the NBA lockout. Other teams, such as Houston, seem to be moving forward regardless.
It is difficult to overstate how important Lacob’s choice of coach will be for this Warriors team. The wrong coach, like the frequently mentioned (and completely execrable) Mike Brown, would be disastrous. The right coach, like Mike D’Antoni, could have added 10 wins to this season’s team, and would have next year’s team in contention, provided the Warriors pick up a difference-maker at center.