HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors


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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. Boston Globe

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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.' New Orleans Times-Picayune

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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. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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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.” Contra Costa Times

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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. San Jose Mercury-News

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. San Jose Mercury-News

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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. San Jose Mercury-News

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. San Jose Mercury-News

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. San Jose Mercury-News

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