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Mark Jackson in front for Warriors job?

Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:37 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 5:05 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Warriors seem to be closing in on a narrowed list of candidates for their head coaching position. Ken Berger of tweeted Monday that Mavs assistant Dwane Casey would be meeting with owner Joe Lacob once The Finals are over.

Another candidate that's said to be leading, though, is ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, according to

"Jackson is in the lead, according to a league source, having interviewed twice, the second time with owner Joe Lacob," the report says. "Lacob has also conducted interviews with Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and was believed to have conducted the Malone interview Sunday.

"Those two trail Jackson at the moment. But former Lakers assistant and Oakland native Brian Shaw and Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank aren't out of the mix. Shaw has yet to get a first interview set up by Golden State."

Right now, Detroit, Golden State and Toronto still have openings to be filled, and I think a lot will start to fall in place once The Finals wrap up. Casey seems to be in the mix for all three, and he's said previously that his attention is entirely on Dallas right now.

Jackson, though, has pushed hard for multiple coaching positions, but with no prior experience it's hard to say what kind of fit he'd be with the Warriors. He seems to favor defense because that's the sort of team he typically played on, so if that were so, it would be a bit of a culture change for the Warriors. Which is something Lacob has said in the past he favors, as he'd prefer that Golden State adopt more of a defensive-minded approach rather than run and gun.

Berger said that Jackson, Casey, Michael Malone and Mike Budenholzer are on a list that have or will meet with Lacob.


Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 7:36 pm

Mark Jackson in front for Warriors job?

Please, please, please, GS, give him the job. His shtick is getting SERIOUSLY old as a commentator. If only someone could hand him a thesaurus so he could look up at least ONE alternative for 'outstanding'. Or let him know that 'clever' phrases like 'hand down, man down', or 'three ball, corner pocket', etc., have a definite shelf-life (and it's not measured in years). Oh, and calling it 'the painted area' doesn't make you sound smarter. I used to laugh that he sounded like a preacher. And then I found out he is one. Explains his final-judgment condemnations of everything from 'bad defense' to 'unacceptable effort'. Good gawd, what a pain in the ass.

Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 6:15 pm

Mark Jackson in front for Warriors job?

I'd love to see Mark Jackson as a head coach in the NBA.

However, I worry he will be scapegoated after a bad team loses too games.
If he's going to coach anywhere, I prefer he either become a top assistant for an experienced head coach, or at worst become the head coach of a roster full of veterans.

I just dont think Mark Jackson will get a fair shake coaching a bad Pistons or Raptors team. 

And the Warriors? Jeez.  If he's gonna take the Warriors job, he's better off stayin on ESPN, seriously.

At least on ESPN boradcasts his talents are appreciated and he'll be valued. 

I just dont want to see Mark Jackson become the next Sam Mitchell.

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