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Dave Cowans To Coach Warriors

April 19, 2000

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Dave Cowens, former coach of the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets, will take over from Garry St. Jean as coach of the Golden State Warriors at the end of the season.

St. Jean, the team’s general manager, took over as coach when P.J. Carlesimo was fired Dec. 28. He will coach the Warriors in their season finale Wednesday night at home against Phoenix, then turn the job over to Cowens.

Cowens, a Hall of Fame player who has been with Golden State as an assistant coach since Jan. 31, resigned as Charlotte’s coach 15 games into the 1998-99 season. He has a 136-111 record as coach with the Celtics (1978-79) and Hornets (1996-99).

Cowens, who starred for 10 seasons with the Celtics, spent his final season as a player with the 1982-83 Milwaukee Bucks on which St. Jean was an assistant. He said he feels comfortable with the Warriors.

``I know the personnel. I know the general manager and have a good relationship with him,″ said Cowens, who has never said why he left the Hornets in 1999 and skirted the subject again Tuesday. ``When someone wants you and they need you, it’s a good place to be.″

St. Jean said the move was made Tuesday so he and Cowens could discuss the change with Warriors players, and said he felt there was no need to look at other potential coaches.

``We felt, looking around the league, you’re not going to find a better candidate out there right now,″ said St. Jean, who announced the coaching change during a season-ending party for Warriors season-ticket holders.

St. Jean, who will remain as general manager, said it became too difficult doing both jobs. He had expected to stay as coach as well, but changed his mind this week.

``I came to the conclusion it would be best for me serving the team to go back upstairs. There were a lot of times I was looking over my shoulder to the office,″ he said. ``I look at our team and our record. We have a lot of decisions to make, basketball-wise.″

The Warriors are 19-62 this season, with three losing streaks of 10 games or longer. They have the third-worst record in the NBA.

The Warriors were 6-21 when Carlesimo was fired by St. Jean in late December. But the losing continued under St. Jean, who went 13-41 heading into Wednesday’s finale.

St. Jean coached the Sacramento Kings for five years before taking the general manager’s job with the Warriors before the 1997-98 season.

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