HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

June 3, 2014 Updates
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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

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

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. But he would be content with the idea of playing for Jackson, who led Golden State to back-to-back playoff appearances. 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

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

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