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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: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:59 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Not saying he is a good or bad hire, it's the way the NBA is now. Now with Phil and Jerry Sloan gone, there are only a few real coaches left. The rest are former players posing as coaches (excluding Doc Rivers) allowing the league to be run by the players. They are the main attraction to this fading family entertainment outlet which is destine for a lockout. The NBA used to be a team game with players that believed in a system and identified with the city they played in, a great game with coaches knowing X & O's. Today's game is about clearing out so the star can do his thing, no D (yet scoring is down, weird), and no coaching. Just hood ornaments trying their best to motivate guys who aren't listening. Good Luck Mark!

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:46 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

What a great hire!

High IQ! This guy can think.,, I saw him give assist after assist in his career,, he knows how to break down a defense.  if the warriors build a good coaching staff around him , he can really affect a game, season and a playoff push. The guy knows how the nba works.  

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:28 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

I bet he's elated he doesn't have to correct Van Gundy anymore. I can see him getting the players jacked up the first few times he hits them with "Grown man move, Mr. Curry!" and "Mama, there goes that man, Monta Ellis!" in the huddle. But after reality sets in that they're the Warriors and start losing, it may be tough to him to remain as animated on the sidelines as he was a both a player and broadcaster.

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:06 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

I've been a suffering W's fan since the 70's; as such, they rarely disappoint me. The beauty of low expectations.

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:01 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Yeah, Jackson's "always" right, and Van Gundy is "always" wrong. Great analysis, professor. Very credible.

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:00 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Actually, he brings no experience to the table and no demonstrable evidence about this alleged "ability to develop players into winners." The only positive (no need to capitalize it) is that he won't be punching up his mundane analysis to make it sound more profound than it is on ESPN anymore. The downside for the locals, like myself, is we'll have to listen to him day in and day out with said non-sense. Sucks for me. What needs to happen is that Jerry West squeezes out Riley and takes over the basketball operations with their new, young UCLA hotshot lawyer to handle the business and contract side.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:57 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Don't care about the move other than it means he's finally off of TV!!!!! YES!!!!!!!

I do care about the move  and I'm ELATED that he's finally off TV announcing games.  

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:19 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

How can anyone says if this is a good or bad move on the Wariiors? I like MJ as a player and as a head coach? That remains to be seen but I would give him a chance. For all we know, he might be the best coach ever, who knows right? Every coach has to start somewhere and for MJ, it's the Warriors. Personally, I think it's a good move as I think he can relate to the younger players in the NBA.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:11 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

In the huddle will he say: "If you're Stephen Curry--and you are, Stephen--you have to stop Lebron from taking it to his left"?  I will miss him as analyst.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:06 am

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Its great that they are giving him a chance.  My only doubt is not in his qualifications but in his ability to be able to tolerate bad habits in some of the overgrown children in the NBA.  I think the problem with great players is the same as all over achievers.  They cant understand why people need prodding and encouragement to be great.  Its hard to look at someone with all the potential in the world but that persons doesnt want to live up to that potential.  I think the ability to put yourself in the same place as someone else and motivate them is a skill that very few people have.

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