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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.

Comments

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:02 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

I think this is a POSITIVE move on the part of the Golden State Warriors.  It's nice to see management improve their franchise.  And with the addition of Mark Jackson as HC, the Warriors have increased their chances of making the playoffs, imo.  Jackson brings experience, knowledge, and most importantly, the ability to develop players into winners.  Oakland, get ready.  Here comes the Warriors.....



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

I will give Mr. Jackson a chance before I criticize the hire. Everyone has to get their "first start" somewhere. If Mr. West thinks that Mr. Jackson is a good hire then that's good enough for me. Also, I must say that I thought Doc Rivers would be a terrble coach...and the jury is still out on him because he has Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. Even I would have success with those three great players on my team. Best of luck to the Warriors. May they also have success in the upcoming draft.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Warriors fans you will not be disapointed...



Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

The guys you mentioned were in organizations for a long time(spoelstra started off in media relations years ago)and thibodeau was the master mind behind those defensive minded knicks teams of the 90's..



Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

So many haters.  I love Mark Jackson, and for those who think he is a bad analyst, why is he always right and Van Gundy always wrong?  (Okay, I guess that isn't THAT hard).  I am happy for you man, lost Escalade this year and I know that was hard, good to see you landing this job.  Show em what you got!



Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

what experience did spoelstra have? thibodeau? you gotta start somewhere, and besides what do the warriors have to lose are they gonna get worse? Hes a leader, and if you havent noticed point guards make pretty good coaches. Scott Brooks, Avery Johnson etc.



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:16 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

I guess the owners have forgotten all about the full page ad promising the playoffs next season.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Tell me how this is a good hire then?  What qualifies him to be a good coach?  Because his name is fresh in our mind's involving NBA basketball because he's a color commentator?  What coaching experience does he have?  One thing you notice from him on ESPN/ABC is that he's arrogant.  Arrogant, inexperienced coaching don't really go over well in the NBA....



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:58 pm
 

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!!!!!!!



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

jmart that is


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