Warriors continue search for coach

MIAMI – The Golden State Warriors’ search for a new head coach could extend past the NBA Finals if Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey becomes a finalist for the job.

Casey is among a group of candidates that also includes ex-Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman, Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, Los Angeles Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, New Orleans Hornets assistant Mike Malone and former NBA point guard Mark Jackson, now a TV analyst. The Warriors hope to hire a coach after owner Joe Lacob meets with some of the candidates over the next one to two weeks, but league sources said that timeline could stretch past the Finals if Casey is a finalist.

Casey went 53-69 as the Minnesota Timberwolves coach from 2005-07. He was fired midway through the 2006-07 season with the Timberwolves owning a 20-20 record and still in playoff contention. Casey interviewed with Warriors general manager Larry Riley and assistant general manager Bob Myers in Dallas when the Mavs were playing the Lakers in the second round of the playoffs. Casey was also a finalist for the Houston Rockets’ coaching vacancy that was recently filled by Kevin McHale.

“I had the initial meeting with the Warriors and I like the potential of the roster,” Casey said Monday. “But right now all my concentration is on the Miami Heat and preparing to play for the championship.”

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