HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

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Curry and Jackson forged a close bond in the three years together at Golden State. The Warriors lost an opening-round series to the Clippers in seven games, and three days later Jackson was fired. The news took Curry by surprise. “You fight so hard every day for three years with a coach that has bought into every guy in the locker room, and he did a lot for me as a player and put me in positions to be successful,” Curry said. “So you see that era end, it’s difficult for sure. “A lot happened at once. I had to take a moment to let it sink in. Honestly it still kind of hasn’t because we haven’t been together as a team in the locker room.” Charlotte Observer

Kerr has no previous head coaching experience, but Curry has talked with Kerr several times this offseason and feels confident Kerr and his staff will continue the success Jackson helped build. “Coach Kerr and our front office, I know they’re committed to winning and putting a product out there that they feel like is ready to be where the Spurs are right now,” Curry said. Charlotte Observer

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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

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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

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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

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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

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