HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

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“Generally, as a staff we really didn’t prepare our team to be championship-caliber nor did we prepare our team to eventually be championship-caliber. “I respected him as a head coach going into that, but after a while, it was just like us not doing what I would feel like our job is. It was just kind of frustrating.” Contra Costa Times

Scalabrine offered examples of how he disagreed with Jackson on how to challenge players “to be great,” including All-Star guard Stephen Curry, who Scalabrine said wasn’t given the opportunity at times to do more on defense to the player’s detriment because of Jackson. “Taking the easy way out, right?” Scalabrine said. “Like putting (Curry) on not the best player, and that wasn’t his decision. That’s not Steph Curry’s responsibility. Steph wanted to guard Chris Paul. He wanted to guard Tony Parker. I can guarantee you. Everyone that knows Steph Curry knows that he’s like an elite competitor. “But as a staff, Coach Jackson made that decision in saying, ‘Hey, I’m not going to challenge this guy. I’m not going to push this guy to be better on both ends of the floor. I want to save him for the offensive end.’ Look, I think Steph Curry if he was challenged day in and day out to defend, if you want to win a championship, you have to be able to defend your position.” Contra Costa Times

On offense, Scalabrine said Golden State could have been “better organized” and was ultimately “an average offensive team with all that talent.” “Harrison Barnes should have been like an elite player in the NBA, taking the next step after his rookie year,” Scalabrine said. “It’s just like unfortunate that he didn’t get a chance to do it.” Contra Costa Times

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Diamond Leung: Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson preaching on the streets of Reseda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61kFNY8pRrs … Twitter @diamond83

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Any coaching search that involves Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and the complicated inner workings that come with his organization likely will be tough to predict, but one of the people downplayed the notion that former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson would be seriously considered. USA Today Sports

Sources told ESPN.com on Saturday night that the name of former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has come up internally as a potential candidate to replace Kidd if he indeed leaves the Nets. Jackson was ousted by the Warriors in May after his own flap with ownership, and he famously defended Kidd's decision to demote highly paid lead assistant Lawrence Frank. ESPN.com

Chris Mannix: One name to keep an eye on if Nets/Kidd split: Mark Jackson. Brooklyn native has a good relationship with GM Billy King. Twitter @ChrisMannixSI

June 17, 2014 Updates

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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