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Kerr overhauled a team culture that had grown poisonous, for well-documented reasons, under Jackson and his assistants. In his zeal to motivate players, Jackson fostered resentment among them and toward the front office. He fired two assistants, requested Jerry West stay away from practices, and asked a younger front-office official to stop rebounding for players, sources have said.
Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson picked James Harden for Most Valuable Player, and hours before his old team potentially wins the NBA title in Game 6, he supported LeBron James for Finals MVP. An ESPN broadcaster calling the game for ABC, Jackson indicated on Mike & Mike on Tuesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers star would be his MVP pick even if Warriors won the championship. “He is the MVP of this series thus far,” Jackson said. “There’s no question about it. When you take a look at what he’s doing, this Warrior team is a superior team. They have great depth, 67 wins, talent and versatility to throw at you. To have a chance to win, LeBron James has got to be spectacular, and he’s been that. Up until last game, Andre Iguodala would have been the MVP for the Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry exploded, and he’s in the discussion right now for Warriors MVP. But there’s no question in my mind, the MVP of these Finals has been LeBron James, and he would get my vote.”
Mark, you seemed to get a little emotional the other night during the trophy ceremony when the Warriors clinched. What has it been like doing their games this year? Have you ever thought, ‘What if I had stayed?’ Mark Jackson: No. To me, people blew out the emotional — a guy came over and said thank you. If you came to my church, you would say, ‘Well, he cries every week.’ People say thank you. People show appreciation. I’m an emotional guy. That was all it was. One guy saying thank you and me appreciating his thoughts and his feelings. Other than that, there’s no emotion. To me, I’m calling games between two teams, just like The Finals. I read articles that I shouldn’t be doing it. To me, it was laughable. I’m absolutely winning and having the time of my life calling games with incredible friends and incredible people and working for an incredible organisation. So it’s been a blast for me. I’m excited about having the opportunity to be part of an incredible group to call a spectacular Finals.
Mark, what do you think of Andrew Bogut’s role with the Warriors this season? JACKSON: He has played well. They’ve had a total team effort. They’ve done a great job of buying in and following the game plan and filling the role that is the blueprint of Steve Kerr and his staff. Collectively, they’ve got to be extremely proud of what each and every one of them have done to put them in position to possibly win a championship.
Mark, what do you think about having Gentry’s impact with Golden State? Did you feel that pace was a problem and do you think that that’s the trend going on in the NBA, particularly in the Western Conference, that you have to play fast? And do you think that’s what’s going on, obviously, with Golden State? But how much do you think he’s made an impact being the lead assistant there at Golden State? Mark Jackson: Well, let me just try to answer it different ways, and then you page through it whatever way you want. Jeff has talked about it already. Monty Williams doesn’t get enough credit for the job he did in New Orleans. When you think about making the playoffs, there are so many key players, valuable players missing a huge amount of the season, keeping that team tied together and competing on a nightly basis and then making it to the playoffs, valuable experience. As far as Alvin Gentry, proven coach, knows the game, has been successful. And this is a Warriors team that they played with pace before. They’ve had a great season. And that staff has done an outstanding job and is being rewarded. I wish them nothing but the very best. But what I will say is you can’t take away what Monty Williams has been able to do to that New Orleans team. Sometimes you try to make changes too fast, and it can hurt you in the long run. You don’t appreciate what a masterful job he did during the course of the year. But I’m sure Alvin Gentry is an outstanding coach, outstanding offensive mind, and he’s going to do a very good job in New Orleans.
Last week, while answering a question about Steve Kerr, Bogut said, “Whenever you get a head coach who’s not full of himself it makes a big difference.”
Andrew Bogut was amused by the videographer description. “That’s a good analogy,” he said. “I’d call it a caterpillar to a butterfly.” That, of course is a reference to Jackson’s comment on his first Warriors broadcast in January when he said, “You cannot disrespect the caterpillar and rave about the butterfly.”
When I asked him if it was uncomfortable, like being the videographer at your ex’s wedding (an analogy that’s been popular on Twitter), he said it wasn’t. “We move on,” he said. “I’m too blessed to be stressed.”
At the end of the day, one thing is clear. Having Mark Jackson announce Warriors playoff games is extremely awkward. Not to him, of course. “I’ve read articles that I shouldn’t be doing it,” Jackson said on an ESPN conference call Monday morning. “To me, that was laughable. It’s been a blast.”
Hennigan ultimately conducted face-to-face interviews with four candidates from outside the Magic. In addition to Skiles and former Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks coach and current Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson, the Orlando Sentinel has learned that Hennigan also met with former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson and current Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.
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So, a little more than a year after being forced out, Jackson watched on national television as his team made it to their first NBA Finals in decades. So how did he feel? “Proud,” he said, from his new perch on ESPN. “At the end of the day, proud.”
The Celtics gambled on freshman James Young in last year’s draft and he spent most of his rookie season in the NBADL, contributing little to the Celtics’ playoff run. The ABC television analyst duo of Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, both former head coaches, tackled the question of drafting for the present or for the future. “I think one thing you have to have is great and realistic ownership, outstanding management, and outstanding scouting departments because there’s coaches in this league, you don’t get to see as many of these guys live or, you know, you’re worried about the team that you’re coaching,” Jackson said. “So you’ve got to trust the scouting department and trust people. Different teams have the luxury of where they can wait on guys, and there are teams obviously in this lottery this year that need immediate help. So it’s important to understand that you’re not going to turn a franchise around with a lottery pick, whether it be a No. 1, a No. 7, what have you, immediately.
Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he has not contacted by the New Orleans Pelicans for their vacant head coaching job. When asked if he has any interest in the opening, Jackson says he is happy with his job as an NBA analyst for ESPN. ”I’m having a time of my life calling these games,” Jackson said during a conference call on Wednesday morning. ”It was a dream of mine to be a player, a coach and to be an announcer. I’m sitting beside friends for over 25 years, guys I respect and love. ESPN has been great to me and I’m enjoying what I’m doing and I have not been contacted. I’m having a blast announcing games.’
Although sources have not confirmed, potential candidates for the Pelicans’ vacancy could include former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, Warriors current lead assistant Alvin Gentry, Pacers assistant and former Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, former Sacramento Kings and Pelicans assistant Mike Malone, Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin,University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets Jeff Van Gundy.
Asked if he had the opportunity to explain to Stephen Curry his pick of James Harden as the MVP, former Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Thursday he wasn’t going there. “What I will say is there are people that will attempt to create nonsense and create friction,” Jackson told the Dan LeBatard Show. “From my end, that’ll never take place. I’m forever grateful for how he conducted himself as a player of mine. I’m forever grateful for who he is as an individual and the accomplishments that he’s had. And there will never be no issues between him and I as far as I’m concerned. I wish him nothing but the very best, and I’m going to love him.”
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Are there still some Mark Jackson in this team? Where would that be? -CURRY: That’s a tough question. I mean, we’re the same core guys that he had and the experiences that we went through the last two years are still with us. That’s basically it. He got us to a certain level in the playoffs and we tried to go a little further but we couldn’t get it done. But I think those experiences we went through will help us this year get over that hump. And that’s going to be a big deal.
How important was it to you that Kerr was so respectful of Mark Jackson and all you guys had done and still were doing? -CURRY: It was important–I guess it would’ve been weird if he didn’t, because there’s no denying the foundation we built the last couple years under Mark and culture change that he was responsible for. I don’t think he could’ve handled it any other way. Especially to the guys that were so openly backing coach Jackson when the whole thing happened. So yeah, he handled it well.
And Kerr has allowed the Warriors leaders to keep remnants of Jackson’s tenure, including the “Just us!” chant at the end of every team huddle and the poster that remains in the locker room: “mUSt be jUSt about US”. Jackson, of course, never would’ve allowed a slogan from a previous administration in his locker room. But when Curry and others asked Kerr to keep some of these Jackson traces, Kerr quickly agreed. “I guess it would’ve been weird if he didn’t (let the players keep some traditions),” Curry said, “because there’s no denying the foundation we built the last couple years under Mark and culture change that he was responsible for.
I saw Jackson’s reaction, though: The former Warriors coach was startled at first, smiled quickly as Curry blew past him, and then walked away with a small shrug. These two men are still friends; Curry still credits Jackson for lifting the Warriors out of the muck; and in fact, Steve Kerr gained credibility with Curry by praising Jackson from the moment Kerr took the Warriors job.
Stephen Curry was sprinting through the Oracle Arena hallway into the Warriors locker room, so everybody had to move aside. Even Mark Jackson had to move. Maybe especially Mark Jackson. I didn’t see Curry make any gesture to Jackson or even slow down on his way through the locker room doors before Saturday’s Game 1, which Jackson worked for ABC.