HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

June 6, 2014 Updates
June 5, 2014 Updates

When asked during ABC’s NBA Finals conference call if it takes a unique person to work and be successful in New York, Jackson said: “As a kid that grew up in New York City, a fan of the Knicks, everybody’s not made for New York City. That’s whether you’re management, whether you’re playing, whether you’re coaching. “I remember as a kid watching very good to great players play other places, be traded to the Knicks and not be the same type player. Whereas some propelled when they got the opportunity to put on a Knick uniform. And it’s something about the fans. It’s something about the pressure. It’s something about the media. So to be quite honest, everybody is not built for it. New York Daily News

“It’s a different animal,” Jackson added. “It’s a different monster and it takes a special personality and a person understanding the things that come into play to a ‘T.’ And I thought — obviously I’m biased — but I thought Jeff (Van Gundy) did an incredible job juggling all of them during his time as coach of the Knicks. But everybody’s not capable or qualified to do just that.” New York Daily News

June 4, 2014 Updates

Mark Jackson may not be a candidate for the Knicks' coaching job, but the native New Yorker and ESPN analyst said whoever gets the position had better be a tough-minded individual. "Everybody's not made for New York City," Jackson said during a conference call Wednesday promoting the NBA Finals on ABC. "That's whether you're management, whether you're playing, whether you're coaching. "I remember as a kid watching very good to great players play other places, be traded to the Knicks and not be the same type of player, whereas some propelled when they got the opportunity to put on a Knick uniform. And it's something about the fans. It's something about the pressure. It's something about the media. "So to be quite honest, everybody is not built for it. It's a different animal. It's a different monster and it takes a special personality and a person understanding the things that come into play to a 'T'." Newsday

According to a person in his inner circle, Mark Jackson may be reluctant to coach the Knicks with too heavy an influence from the president’s office, making it a bad match. The Zen Master has been interested in interviewing the ex-Knick and former St. John’s star, who is working the NBA Finals for ABC. New York Post

Weems was head boys basketball coach at Menlo School from 2004 to 2011, when he took a job with Golden State as an assistant coach for player development. After two years, Weems was fired by recently fired Warriors coach Mark Jackson. Weems didn't give a reason why he was let go by Jackson, only that Weems "didn't like the way it went down." Weems quickly landed on his feet, being hired as a scout by Warriors General Manager Bob Myers and Assistant General Manager Kirk Lacob, who played basketball for Weems at Menlo School. "I traveled all over the country," Weems said. "Must have seen 60 to 70 college games. Saw a lot of D-League (NBA Development League) games at our affiliate in Santa Cruz. I really enjoyed it." San Jose Mercury-News

Weems may know more about firing than hiring, having been linked to the Warriors the past three years. Not long after the Warriors lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA playoffs, Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob fired Jackson on May 6. "Jackson gave the Warriors some credibility," Weems said. "He did a good job with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but, then again, Jackson was a guard in the NBA." San Jose Mercury-News

June 3, 2014 Updates
June 2, 2014 Updates

The possibility of going directly into coaching seemed unlikely, but Jason Kidd had a moderately successful, if not always smooth, first season in Brooklyn. And Steve Kerr and Mark Jackson have been hired out of the broadcast booth without coaching experience. “I’d say the last maybe decade or so, I really felt like my purpose in life or my calling, so to speak, was to be in a leadership position or some position of impact on other people,” Fisher said. “I’d somehow been blessed and gifted enough to positively impact other people. Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people’s lives. That’s exciting to me.” New York Times

May 31, 2014 Updates

The whispers have already started in Indy about Bird turning to his old point guard, Mark Jackson, to take over. Jackson and Reggie Miller were the leaders when Bird was the Pacers' coach ... and Bird isn't the only big fan in the organization of the man Golden State just ousted. Fellow Pacers exec Donnie Walsh is another huge admirer who has long maintained privately that he wouldn't consider Jackson for the Indy job unless he had coached somewhere else first. ESPN.com

May 30, 2014 Updates

But here's what we do know: One source familiar with Anthony’s thinking on the matter said recently that the star forward would “embrace” the opportunity to play for Mark Jackson. In no way, the source stressed, does that mean Anthony wants to play only for Mark Jackson. It also doesn’t mean he would be uncomfortable playing for Fisher or any other candidate Jackson chooses to hire. ESPN.com

There has been no indication Phil Jackson has any plans to interview Mark Jackson at this point. ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein reported this month that the Zen Master would be "open" to talking to the ex-Warriors coach about the job, but it is unknown if there has been any contact between them yet. ESPN.com

May 29, 2014 Updates

In his first extended public comments since Mark Jackson was fired, Curry said Thursday that he voiced his support for the coach but the team "made a decision otherwise." He also said the "semi-quick hire" of Steve Kerr was "kind of a shock" to most of his teammates. "There's no sugarcoating it -- it was a weird, expedited situation that we didn't see coming," Curry said. "And guys are human. You have to be able to adjust to it and have some time to respond. That's kind of what happened. I think we'll be fine once we have a clear picture of what's going on next year." ESPN.com

"One thing I can say about this organization, they want to win," Curry said. "Each decision is geared toward winning. That's something that flies well with a lot of players -- that they're going to try to put us in the best position to win. Obviously, I had a certain opinion of Coach Jackson that they made a decision otherwise, and I heard the reasons, but I won't dwell on it. "As long as we're focused on winning and taking advantage of the roster we have and the opportunity we have with this window to try to continue to get better, I'm just looking forward to next year and getting back to making that happen," Curry said. "I haven't lost faith in that at all. As much as I supported Coach Jackson and loved everything about playing for him, I think they're about winning." ESPN.com

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