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Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 9:38 pm
The Golden State Warriors have announced the hiring of Mark Jackson as their next head coach. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-jackson

In a press release issued on Monday, the Golden State Warriors announced the hiring of television analyst and former point guard Mark Jackson as their next head coach.
“After an extensive search and a great deal of consideration, we have come to the conclusion that Mark Jackson is the best coach for this team,” Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. “He will bring a youthful and fresh approach to our team, and the fact that he enjoyed a stellar playing career, where he served most of that time as the leader of some very successful teams, will prove invaluable in the long run. We were looking for a coach with leadership ability and a strong personality and believe Mark possesses those qualities. He’s very well respected in NBA circles, is a consummate professional and his knowledge and background will be an incredible asset for our team and organization.”

“We are tremendously excited about the addition of Mark Jackson as our new head coach,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob said. “He epitomized leadership as a player in this league for 17 seasons, and we think that characteristic – and many other positive traits – will translate very well into his coaching duties with our young team. He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league, and we’re convinced that he is the right person to guide this team into the future and help us achieve the success that we are striving for as an organization.”
Jackson, a first-time head coach at 46 years of age, will assume his new duties as soon as the NBA Finals conclude. Yahoo! Sports reports the following contract details: "three years guaranteed, with team option for the fourth. He'll make $6 million-plus [total], league sources say." Jackson takes over for former coach Keith Smart, who was not retained following the 2010-2011 NBA season.

As noted last week, new Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber seemed intent on putting their own stamp on the franchise, and Jackson is certainly a big-name and fairly splashy hire. He should instantly command the respect of his players given his high profile, connections around the league and general basketball intelligence.

The Warriors were 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. As with any first-time head coach, it remains to be seen whether Jackson's leadership and toughness on the court transfer to the bench.

Jackson was floated as a finalist for the position last week. Other names the Warriors reportedly considered included Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey, Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw.


Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:31 pm

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

I know he has wanted to get into coaching for a while now, good for him....hopefully he can make some positive changes to the team.I wonder what kind of coaching philosphy he will bring to the table though?

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:28 pm

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

as I [[ DIE HARD ]] Knick fan...I couldn't stand Phil Jackson [while with the Bulls] since he and Michael prevented my beloved Knicks the chance to ever have a parade down Madison Ave. He prevented allot of players [Barkley, Stockton, Malone, Miller etc etc] from getting rings of their own as well.

But to say Phil rode on the backs of "great players" is laughable. Name one head coach to win a championship and NOT RIDE ON THE BACK[s] of GREAT PLAYERS.

You can't win without talented players OR A GREAT COACH. They go hand & hand. Players play; Coaches coach.

Red had Russell, Havlicek, Cousy etc etc
Riley had Magic, Kareen, Worthy etc etc
Jackson had Michael, Pippen, Shaq Kobe etc etc
'Antoni has Melo, Amare, Billups etc etc <- - - - - ok wishful thinking

actually I can't stand 'Antoni [no typo] I removed the D since he don't know anything about playing any. I was actually hoping they'd hire Mark Jackson. I guess New York can't take a chance with a head coach with no coaching experience. I'm sure Sloan is bored right about now. Somebody go bring him out of retirement. He's hard nose and wouldn't take no prisoners with the New York media either.

ok here's a nickel.....keep the change

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:45 pm

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Hey yeahohyeah, basketball isnt like football, Doc Rivers got a job with no coaching exp, same for coachs like Riley and Jackson, got shots with no experience, start to think ur just a moron and prob a racist

Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:14 pm

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Mama there goes that man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Hand down man down!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:47 pm

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

you sound like a big time hater... he could be the next avery johnson.. he knows toughness and will have them boysn playing defense. steph curry will become a great point guard not only a great shooter...ya dig ? stop all that hating , not good for you.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:26 pm

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

What is it about the NBA that coaches don't have to work their way up? This would be like the Chargers (random team) announcing that Deion Sanders (random former player/current broadcaster with no coaching experience) is their next coach.

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:50 pm

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Its about time for Mark Jackson.  He deserves his chance!  He has been looking to coach for years.  On a side note, phil jackson rode kobe's and michaels skirt tales to his championships.  Watch, if he does come out of retirement, it will be to coach the Heat!  He is scared to have his legacy tarnished by trying to actually build his own team.  He knows he cant do it, so he has to find a ready made team.  He is like robert horry, an above average coach, but is just in the right place and right time!  I think it would be great to see him coach a team like the timberwolves or cleveland.  He would get crushed!

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:47 pm

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

This is a good pick up.   I was hoping he would have gottin his opportunity when the New Knicks job was open.   I wish him luck !

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:22 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Opps...Golden State...I just like Mark, and feel he deserves this opportunity!!!

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:21 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Coaches do not build teams, that is the job of the GM. Also, when Phil Jackson returned to the Lakers, They were hardly an NBA contender but a barely .500 team.  At the start of the 2007-2008 season, the Lakers played the first game of the season on TNT. Charles Barkley called them the worst team in basketball. Magic Johnson, who worked for TNT at the time agreed.  At the end of the year, the Lakers lost in the finals, but made three straight trips to the finals winning two of three.  When people say that Phil Jackson was lucky to have ready made championship teams, remember that Doug Collins coached the same talent on the Bulls and did not win any titles, and Del Harris had not only Shaq and Kobe, but Nick Van Exel, Eddie Jones, etc. Some of the opinions posted must come from children because they do not make any sense at all.

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