HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

January 28, 2015 Updates
January 18, 2015 Updates

One respected NBA assistant coach even called here to insist Cleveland already had spoken to Mark Jackson about taking the reins, though Cavaliers sources vehemently denied the claim and were speculating on the source of the rumor. That aside, nothing short of winning — and winning big — is going to cool Blatt’s chair. LeBron James has missed nine games, Anderson Varejao is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon and general manager David Griffin’s trades have altered the rotation. Boston Herald

January 13, 2015 Updates

Warriors center Andrew Bogut is one player who says he no longer has a relationship with Mark Jackson. "No way," Bogut said Monday when asked if he had a relationship with his former coach. "I haven't heard from him since (his firing). I know he keeps in touch with some guys on the team, but I'm kind of in a different crowd I think." Contra Costa Times

"To me, a rim protector is overrated in this league," Jackson said on the telecast. "You look at the Warriors. No Andrew Bogut, their defense stays or even improves because of the identity, because of what they force you to do." Bogut, who played for Jackson in two injury-plagued seasons, heard the comments. "Well he gets paid to talk," Bogut said. "He gets paid to give his opinion, and it's one of those things you've got to deal with. Every coach is different. Some coaches value rim protection. Some coaches value ball movement. Some coaches don't. It's just a matter of each coach going toward what they believe is going to win them games." Contra Costa Times

Andrew Bogut: People value what he says on a broadcast but I value what coach Kerr is telling me so I’m not really too worried about what was said. People have jumped to conclusions with the whole issue, not knowing I’ve got a smile on my face throughout this so called “escapade." I think it’s absolutely hilarious. Sportal

January 12, 2015 Updates

Bogut's comments came three days after Jackson returned to Oracle Arena to work the Warriors game against the Cavaliers as a color commentator for ESPN. "To me, a rim protector is overrated in this league," Jackson said on the telecast. "You look at the Warriors. No Andrew Bogut, their defense stays or even improves because of the identity, because of what they force you to do." Bogut, who played for Jackson in two injury-plagued seasons, heard the comments. "Well, he gets paid to talk," Bogut said. "He gets paid to give his opinion, and it's one of those things you've got to deal with. Every coach is different. Some coaches value rim protection. Some coaches value ball movement. Some coaches don't. It's just a matter of each coach going toward what they believe is going to win them games." San Jose Mercury-News

Rusty Simmons: Andrew Bogut said Mark Jackson "gets paid to talk." He said he no longer has a relationship with the former coach. Twitter @Rusty_SFChron

January 10, 2015 Updates

Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson returned to Oakland on Friday night as a broadcaster to call their game against the Cavaliers. Jackson helmed the Warriors through some pretty good seasons, so it stands to reason that he’d get a favorable reaction from the Golden State faithful. He did. For The Win

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