HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors


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"Listen, we had a great relationship while he was there," Welts told the radio station. "Actually there were a couple points in time where he and I, I really had to go into his office and say, 'You know, here's how you handled something, and here's what you said about that that I don't think you understand how that affected me.' "We had the conversation, and after he left the organization this summer, I had a trip to L.A. and texted him and asked him if we could meet for a cup of coffee, which he said, 'Absolutely, let's do it.' We got together in Santa Monica, had a great talk, a great laugh about all the great things that had happened. He's going to be amazingly successful going forward, and we wish him nothing but the best." San Jose Mercury-News

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Sources tell PBT that Jackson has “no chance” of being the Kings’ next coach, adding that the meeting was both personal in nature and mutually beneficial for all parties – sending Karl a message at the negotiating table and for Jackson, keeping his name in the news as a future head coaching candidate. NBCSports.com

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Yet late Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena, after the Kings fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-92, another possible candidate emerged in the most convenient of ways: former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson. After calling the game courtside for ESPN, Jackson had a lengthy meeting with Mullin, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins inside the "Chairman's Lounge" where they had requested that arena workers and others give them some privacy. USA Today Sports

The Jackson possibility was previously known, and the dynamics on display leading up to their meeting said everything about why the Kings might be seriously interested in bringing him aboard. According to one of the participants, Cousins expressed a desire to meet Jackson, whose ability to connect with his players during the last three seasons with the Warriors was a very real and valuable part of his successes there. And while his firing with the Warriors had everything to do with his inability to connect with owner Joe Lacob and management near the end, the deep roots that already exist here would clearly aid the potential partnership. USA Today Sports

Jackson, Mullin, and Cousins entered the room at approximately 10:20 p.m. Pacific time, with Cousins sporting a black suit as he continues to recover from his bout with viral meningitis that has kept him out of action since Nov. 26. D'Alessandro joined them approximately 20 minutes into the meeting, and the group finally exited just before midnight, long after the room had been cleared so that they could have a moment to discuss, well, connect the dots yourself. USA Today Sports

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