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Mike Malone Joins Mark Jackson, Mike Budenholzer As Top Warriors Coach Candidates

Mike Malone, an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets, will reportedly interview with Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob for that team's open head coach job, reports Ken Berger of Broadcaster Mark Jackson and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer have already met with Lacob, according to Sam Amick of

Malone is also under consideration for an assistant job with the Los Angeles Lakers under Mike Brown. Prior to coaching under Monty Williams in New Orleans, Malone served as a key assistant under Brown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He ran Brown's defense for several years, and took over offensive duties in 2009-10 after the departure of offensive coordinator John Kuester. (Kuester could be considered for an assistant job with the Lakers, as well, if the Detroit Pistons let him go in the coming days or weeks.)

Jackson, currently working the NBA Finals with eternal candidate Jeff Van Gundy, has no coaching experience at any level, but nonetheless seems to interest Lacob, who recently added legend Jerry West to the Warriors' front office.

For more on the Warriors' coaching search, visit Golden State Of Mind and SB Nation Bay Area.