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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: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:30 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

I am not a fan of the Golden State Warriors. I am glad they decided to hire Mark Jackson as their new head coach. I would have also liked Brian Shaw as the new head coach.

I am getting a little tired of the retreads that go around in the coaching profession. Same coach new team.

There are some of the former head coaches the might deserve a new position because of player or management conflicts.

It is nice to see new faces with, perhaps new offensive or defensive ideas if that is possible in the NBA.

Good hire, now the future will decide if the hire was a great, good or a poor one.


“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 7:04 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

....I'm talking about assisting in the NBA counting as some experience, as opposed to MJ's zero experience. It's unusual to take somebody that hasn't been on the bench at all. Assistant's run offense and/or defensive practices, and have their hands in many aspects of coaching and scouting and working with players that is valuable. Perhaps that distinction wasn't clear enough. B. Shaw and other candidates would've made more sense in that regard. Thibodeau and Spolestra had asst experience before getting head coaching jobs.....same point applies. They had valuable experience and it made way more sense then pulling a guy straight out of the booth. 



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:56 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Those pics are pretty cool anyhow for a stroll down memory lane, even though cbs is lame and pulled the okie doke on me. The fact remains.



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:54 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Some fun pics of his time as assistant. Let me know if you need more proof.




http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/spo

rts_blog/2011/03/lakers-moments-a-t

ime-to-work-and-time-to-play.html

Soak it up: The Lakers take a poolside break during their Palm Springs training camp Sept. 12, 1980. From left:  , , , , ,, and . In the back on the diving board are and .

Despite the sunny weather, the rest of the year did not go too well. The was a huge disappointment and set the stage for Westhead's departure as coach of the team early the following season. The Lakers lost Magic Johnson for much of the season to a knee injury and finished second in their division.

Read more about the  in , the L.A. Times’ interactive database of all things purple and gold.



http://projects.latimes.com/lakers/

season/1980-1981/


 
http://www.aolnews.com/2009/12/22/a

ge-wont-slow-down-paul-westhead/

 



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:36 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Nope...you're wrong, too. Riley was assistant for two years under Westhead.

http://www.nba.com/coachfile/pat_ri

ley/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Ri

ley#Coaching_career
 



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:22 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Riley was assistant under Westhead. Assistant coaches actually do a lot of coaching and run practices, and more. Mark Jackson hasn't coached at any level. 
Paul Westhead was an assistant to then Lakers coach Jack McKinney who was injured and Westhead took over as interim HC, he then selected Pat Riley to join his staff from his job as a Lakers commentator from the broadcast booth.  After winning a title Westhead and Magic Johnson had several conflicts that eventually led to Westhead's dismissal and Jerry West was actually named the HC, however he declined but instead said he would only assist and help Riley who was obviously in over his head.  Riley didn't have the experience but he was given the chance and opportunity and that's all Mark Jackson needs, I wish him the best.   



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:41 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Wrong. Phil Jackson was assistant under Collins and head coach in the CBA; and Riley was assistant under Westhead. Assistant coaches actually do a lot of coaching and run practices, and more. Mark Jackson hasn't coached at any level. 



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:10 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

I mean really, aren't there enough Thibodeaus in–waiting, Mark is just...Mark. Don't hate because for all the supporters of this move are gonna have to wait and prove me wrong, not the other way around.



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:06 am
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

Colossal mistake better yet. They just hired an announcer that can barely pull that job off...



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

I agree with blackphantom.  I even started a board on bringing in Sloan.  I am also a long suffering Knicks fan and I have grown tired of D'Anphony.  It is time for a change because he does not know what it means to play defense.  His style of play is exciting, but does not win titles, as evidenced in Phoenix.  Basketball is a half-court game in the playoffs where the best defenses win.  Knicks-Heat games in the late 90s-early 2000s often did not even make it to 80 points for either team.  Like you said, NY does not have the patience to bring in an inexperienced coach, even if he once played for and was a very popular Knick.  But the Warriors have the same problem.  They are fun to watch and can light up the scoreboard, but they play absolutely no defense.  They may even be worse than the Knicks (if that is possible), so his first order of business is to preach defense.  If this team learned to play defense, they have the scoring and talent to make a playoff push.  If Jackson can teach defense, this team may be able to do some nice things.


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