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Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

Posted on: May 30, 2011 4:01 pm
 
Mark Jackson is reportedly a finalist to be head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-jackson

The King of Corny Catchphrases could have a new title in the near future: Golden State Warriors caoch.

CSNBayArea.com reports that Mark Jackson, the NBA television commentator notorious for screeching "Hand Down, Man Down" and "Mama, there goes that man" is reportedly a finalist to replace Warriors coach Keith Smart, who was let go in April.
Dwane Casey, Lawrence Frank and Brian Shaw are now said to be on the Warriors' short list. Put Mark Jackson on that list, too. He appears to be a finalist.

Jackson -- the former New York Knick, Indiana Pacer and current analyst for ESPN and ABC -- is very much being considered for the Golden State job. In fact, Jackson has had two conversations with the Warriors, including one with owner Joe Lacob, according two NBA sources.

That is significant because Lacob was not in on the Warriors' first set of discussions with candidates.
New Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber seem intent on putting their own stamp on the franchise, and Jackson would certainly be a big-name and fairly splashy hire. The team is also said to be seeking a more defensive-oriented approach, and Jackson played for two physical, intimidating teams in the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks of the 1990s.

With no head coaching experience, it's difficult to gauge Jackson's style or coaching philosophy. However, he's just 46 years old, seven years removed from his playing days and boasts an All-Star game plus a Finals appearance on his resume. In other words, he should be able to command the respect of -- and connect with -- today's players with ease.

It's been more than a month since Smart was let go and the NBA Draft is less than a month away and the Warriors hold the No. 11 pick. Golden State was reportedly interested in Mike Brown, but he was snatched up by the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether it's Jackson or someone else, the clock is ticking.
Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 3:43 am
 

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

  Boy, these negative comments are surprising. I like jackson, and I do think he'll be a effective coach.



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

Coaching and broadcasting are very different things. He's not my favorite color guy, but he does know the game. He's played under some great coaches (Riley, Larry Brown), and it seems that he would have the credibility to get his point across. I think he could do a good job.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:28 am
 

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

Good. Anything to get him away from the microphone.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:42 am
 

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

Bird consistently gave him the highest praise - calling him one of the smartest basketball players to have played.
So were Bird, Isiah Thomas and Magic and all were horrid coaches.

Lawrence Frank or Brian Shaw would be be better choices for The Warriors. Frank would instill defense and Shaw should have gotten the Laker job over the overrated stiff they hired.

In addition he has always been a great personality
Really? I believe he has zero personality.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:39 am
 

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

He is such an awful color "analyst" that I would prefer he coach my 2nd favorite team rather than announce the NBA finals.    

 I couldn't agree more. He's unintelligeable. I can't believe anyone would hire him after hearing him.

I liked Jackson a lot as a player both @ St.John's and in the NBA. However, I despise him as an analyst. He obviously knows the game, but is he patient, can he communicate and also can he handle criticism from the media? If I was Golden State, I'd think seriously about those issues before I waste money and 2-3 seasons on this novice. There are far more NBA-ready assistant coaches and former coaches who would be safer bets.


The guy I feel bad for is Mike Breen. Best in the business and stuck with a couple of shmucks.
 Breen and Brown would be worth watching alone. Both are smart and real pros.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 1:55 am
 

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?


No  not trolling, stating my opinion. Just because someone states an opinion different from yours does not mean that person is trolling. 
I'll rephrase it for you. He is such an awful color "analyst" that I would prefer he coach my 2nd favorite team rather than announce the NBA finals.    
That is a bold move by GSW considering they didn't want Keith Smart but would take Jackson with zero coaching experience. If Smart had won
5 more games he keeps his job.  Since you're such a fan of this great Mark Jackon guy please alert me when he says something insightful on the air.  

Hubie Brown should announce the NBA finals. Doris Burke would be better. Poach Steve Kerr from TNT. Get Bill Walton for crissake!  

The guy I feel bad for is Mike Breen. Best in the business and stuck with a couple of shmucks.


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Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:49 am
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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

Wow!  acc: 
Everyone has their own opinion, but what are you basing yours on? Are you just trolling and provoking responces on this website? Never have I seen such crass comments about a good guy - both on and off the court.

I'll leave you with your opinion now....cause I sure don't want it.




Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

   Though not as pysically talented as many of his counterparts at the point, he always made his great contribution with his basketball committment and intelligence. he was a favorite of Larry Bird when Jackson played at Indiana. Bird consistently gave him the highest praise - calling him one of the smartest basketball players to have played.
   He always heightened the play and productivity of his teammates.
   In addition he has always been a great personality, - on and off the court. I hope he gets a chance to hire on with a team that's committed to winning - so his skills will not be wasted.



Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Mark Jackson is a finalist for Warriors coach?

Would love to see Mark Jack as a coach and GS would seem like a good opportunity. I personally enjoy him in the booth also, especially the catch phrases. I'll always be a Knicks fan and picturing Mark at the free throw line lining up his shot, he was automatic. Too bad the Knicks didn't hire him. Good Luck.


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