HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

May 29, 2014 Updates

In his first public comments since Mark Jackson was fired by the Warriors, Curry said Thursday that he disagreed with the decision. Curry said the "semi-quick hire" of Steve Kerr as coach was "kind of a shock" to most players, calling it "a weird, expedited situation that we didn't see coming." Curry had been the strongest supporter of Jackson before the Warriors dismissed the coach May 6 after a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances. ESPN.com

May 21, 2014 Updates

In the meantime, the veteran guard is waiting to see who the team will hire as coach. He said he was shocked to learn of Mike Brown's dismissal. He was equally shocked to see Golden State fire Mark Jackson, whom he played for two years ago. "I was really shocked by Coach Jackson being fired,'' Jack said. "In anything that you do, you want to be judged based on your performance. His performance spoke for itself. You saw a lot of guys grow under his tutelage -- Steph [Curry], Klay Thompson, David Lee -- and then collectively he got that franchise and that team into a place they haven't been in a very, very long time -- the playoffs -- and being a team that people really had to take seriously. "I just didn't understand the move that was made. I think he'll do great anywhere he lands, and anybody will definitely be happy and privileged to have him.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

A source told Sporting News that, after slogging through with Byron Scott and Mike Brown for the last nine seasons, the Cavaliers were, “looking to hit a home run,” with their next coaching hire, hoping to attract a big name to the job. The lottery result makes it that much easier to bring in a coach. That means three names at the top: former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, former Nuggets coach George Karl and former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins. All won 50-plus games in the season they were let go. There has been talk that the Cavaliers would like to draw John Calipari away from Kentucky and hope that he could attract LeBron James in free agency, but that is almost pure imagination. Sporting News

May 20, 2014 Updates

Reggie Miller believes his former Pacers teammate Mark Jackson should at least get an audience with Knicks president Phil Jackson. “He certainly should get an interview going off his resume,’’ Miller said on a conference call to promote coverage of the Western Conference Finals on TNT, where he works as an analyst. “He certainly should get an interview. I’m not saying he should get the job if Phil wants someone whom he’s familiar with and understands triangle. Certainly Mark Jackson should get an interview. He’s born and bred in New York, knows the media landscape, was Rookie of the Year. He knows the city, the climate. That should warrant at least an interview.’’ New York Post

The Zen Master is “open” to talking to Mark Jackson about the Knicks’ opening, sources tell ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne. Phil Jackson’s preference, though, is to hire a coach who he’s worked with in the past, either as a player or as an assistant, Stein and Shelburne report. That’s why names like Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis, Luke Walton and Tyronn Lue are mentioned as potential head coaching candidates. ESPN.com

May 19, 2014 Updates

A more free-flowing offense focused on running and ball movement over halfcourt isolations and post-ups has been cited often as a reason to ditch Jackson, and Kerr’s willingness to add bright, powerful minds to his staff seems like a given. One potential concern with the Warriors’ decision stems from how the players will react to losing Jackson, but Barnett thinks the transition will be seamless. “The Warriors are very fortunate in the group that they have because they’ve got good chemistry and I expect that chemistry to be just as good with Steve Kerr as it was with Mark Jackson. And quite frankly, it’ll probably be a little bit better because I think it’ll be a little more real.” I know exactly what Barnett is referring to with that “real” remark. Jackson was always cordial with the media, but I never got the impression that he was ever all that genuine. He undeniably connected with many of his players on several levels, but that’s where the realness ended. Due to a combination of Jackson’s oft-repeated catchphrases and a hesitancy to provide more than the bare minimum in terms of access, Barnett sensed there was a wall between Jackson and anyone who didn’t wear a Golden State uniform during games. Bay Area Sports Guy

May 18, 2014 Updates
May 17, 2014 Updates

Most of his players liked him and were upset that he was fired. Yet, he had trouble with his own coaching staff, and in communicating with the front office. And those traits were getting worse rather than better in his two years. From what I hear, he won't be a serious candidate here. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jackson's tenure was strange. He had success on the court, winning 51 games. Most of his players liked him and were upset that he was fired. Yet, he had trouble with his own coaching staff, and in communicating with the front office. And those traits were getting worse rather than better in his two years. From what I hear, he won't be a serious candidate here. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Q: With Golden State giving Mark Jackson the boot after reviving the Warriors and turning them into a playoff team in a tough Western Conference, is he a realistic option for the Cavs? -- Frank B., Smyrna, Georgia. Mary Schmitt Boyer: I, too, was a Warriors fan from afar, but that situation ended so badly in Golden State, I think there's more to the story than we've heard. I went to the NBA Combine in Chicago thinking that Jackson was a viable option but found out he was difficult to deal with, although his players certainly seemed to love him. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is back at ESPN as an NBA analyst after agreeing to a multiyear deal with the network. Jackson will work Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers on Sunday, according to ESPN. Jackson reunites with play-by-play commentator Mike Breen and fellow analyst Jeff Van Gundy. That trio broadcasted the NBA Finals for five straight years up to 2011. Chicago Tribune

May 16, 2014 Updates

The Knicks coaching search is expanding beyond geometry. Phil Jackson, according to an NBA source, is OK hiring a head coach who doesn’t specialize in the triangle. According to the source, that means Mark Jackson is on Jackson’s tentative list that once included just one name. But now Steve Kerr is headed to Golden State and Jackson is headed on a more expansive search. New York Post

Since the Golden State Warriors announced Tuesday that Steve Kerr had been hired as their new head coach, replacing Mark Jackson, there has yet to be a welcoming tweet, interview or anything else seen or heard from one of the players. That, one of them said, is not by accident. "That is out of loyalty to Coach Jackson," said the player, who requested anonymity. "It has nothing to do with Steve. Just meeting him when he worked our games, he seems like a nice guy. It has to do more with how Coach was done. Guys loved Coach Jackson. They'd run through a wall for him. It hasn't really set in that he's gone and someone else has been hired." Bleacher Report

The players' pointed silence is about Jackson, despite their pleas that he be retained, getting axed less than 72 hours after their season ended with a first-round Game 7 loss on the road to the Los Angeles Clippers. It's about Jackson, as a first-time coach, having to settle for a four-year, $8 million deal, while Kerr, a first-time coach, signed a five-year, $25 million package, totally guaranteed. It's about the vast majority of the players and staff sharing Jackson's Christian faith and attending services to hear him preach at his non-denominational church, while knowing that Kerr developed a similar bond with team owner Joe Lacob over two decades of shared golf and venture capital interests. Bleacher Report

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