At some point, it will become clear whether Steve Kerr worked out as the Warriors coach. Is starting anew with another rookie coach the right move? That will have to play out on the court.
But for now, the Warriors got their man. Improbably. Again.
When management knew they were parting ways with Mark Jackson, Kerr was on the shortlist along with Stan Van Gundy. And even though Phil Jackson and the big stage of New York were knocking at Kerr's door, the Warriors won him over.
Sure, they had to pay big bucks. Kerr's five-year, $25 million contract is a pretty penny for a guy who's never coached at any level. The New York Knicks, where most thought Kerr would land, reportedly would offer him only a four-year deal.
The Warriors set their sights on a guy, and they made it happen. They knew who they wanted and went all in.
They have a penchant for doing that, landing the against-the-odds coup. They got Andrew Bogut for Monta Ellis, pulling off a center-for-a-guard trade rarely seen in the NBA. They've managed to procure a first-round pick in each of the past two drafts. They got Andre Iguodala with no cap space and few valuable assets to trade.
Perhaps this trend was foretold when Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the Warriors, surprising a fan base that just knew Larry Ellison would buy the team.
It doesn't always work out as planned, and they have overpaid at times. Sometimes their stubbornness about pulling off a plan they've hatched can work against them. (See: Piers 30/32).
But there is something to be said for a front office that can execute a plan even if it contradicts feasibility.
The Warriors don't always get their man. They weren't serious players for LeBron James' infamous decision. They didn't get Dwight Howard last offseason.
But based on their history, can they be counted out if they set their sights on Kevin Love? If they're determined to move David Lee's cumbersome contract, can such be ruled out?
The Warriors' ability to target, plan and execute proved clutch this time, as it saved them from an elongated coaching search. It won't end the scrutiny that came with firing Jackson, but it moves the conversation forward. The Warriors desperately needed that to happen.
Until they landed a coach, the Jackson era wasn't over. The aftertaste of 98 wins in two seasons still made the Warriors' decision to fire Jackson the prime subject. If they didn't land Kerr, or the third choice, or the fourth, this would've become an ugly soap opera that would've undone the credibility the Warriors have worked so hard to accrue.
Wednesday's Knick-jacking was a pretty defiant message to the naysayers. The Warriors had no shortage of critics after ousting a winning coach, but this is a shot fired back at those who doubt they can adequately rebuild what they'd torn down.
They wanted an advanced offensive mind, someone to usher them into the new era of basketball and metrics. Kerr has been identified in executive circles as such a mind.
They wanted a coach who could mesh into the chemistry of the front office and embrace their management style. Kerr is reputed for being an amiable personality, and he already has a relationship with the Lacobs as a foundation.
They wanted a credible hire to signify they still meant business about winning, they were still relevant and an ascending franchise. Kerr was regarded as arguably the hottest commodity on the market.
And they got him. Will it work? No way that can be known right now.
There will be plenty time to pontificate on whether Kerr can keep the defense among the best in the league. His plan for maintaining, or improving, team chemistry, and his coaching style will unfold over time. Whether he can handle the pressure or a combustible Joe Lacob sitting courtside when things don't go well is fodder for down the line.
But for now, it's worth noting the Warriors got their man. Improbably. Again.