HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

April 22, 2014 Updates

Scott Howard-Cooper: Mark Jackson: "It's 1-1. We're not going to overreact." Mentioned having home-court advantage several times. Twitter @SHowardCooper

April 21, 2014 Updates

As other coaching candidates emerge, we'll of course keep you apprised. (One could imagine beloved ex-Knick Mark Jackson, if let go by Golden State, entering the fray.) But until Kerr says he isn't interested, it's difficult to fathom a more sensible choice. What better way to find your way as a head coach in the NBA than with the most decorated coach in the history of the sport working behind the scenes and serving as your daily sounding board? What better way to persuade Carmelo Anthony to stay than to add five more championships to the 12 Jackson has won as a player and coach? CBSSports.com

April 20, 2014 Updates

The Warriors had battled and come away with a surprising 109-105 win Saturday at Staples Center in Game 1 of a best-of-seven series, and Jackson was left explaining why he and his players excelled in the underdog role. "When you look at the makeup of this basketball team individually and collectively, they're fighters," Jackson said, noting his own relative inexperience at coaching. "Top to bottom, we've got a bunch of guys that survey says, we're not supposed to be here." Oakland Tribune

"(Jackson) did an excellent job of subbing on the fly," said small forward Andre Iguodala, who fouled out and played only 20 minutes, getting his fourth foul midway through the second quarter. "I heard somebody try to say a knock (against Jackson) is X's and O's or rotations, but tonight it was almost perfect. ... The second unit was really good for us, especially in that second quarter. We won that second quarter. You'd think (the second unit would) play a lot in the second half, but (Jackson) saw something he really liked and it got us going in the third." USA Today Sports

Lacob will keep watching and waiting. He'll seek counsel from his revered consultant, legendary player and executive Jerry West, and make the cold and calculated decision that he bought the right to make when his group paid a then-league record $450 million. "When I speak to Joe, he likes what we have," O'Neal said. "But hey, it's a different era right now. We have a new breed of owners in our league and their patience is a lot shorter. So I don't know ultimately what his plan is — that's up to him. He pays the bills. He can do whatever he wants to do with his team. But from the conversations I've had with him, he likes Mark." USA Today Sports

April 19, 2014 Updates
April 11, 2014 Updates

Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob declined to assess the job coach Mark Jackson has done this season, saying it would be evaluated after the season whether or not the team meets expectations. "We're having a good year, and it's not over yet," Lacob said after being honored Wednesday with an award at a fundraiser for First Graduate. "Interim results do not matter. Remember this: What matters is at the end of the year. We take a look back at how we did and see where we can improve." Asked about Jackson, Lacob noted general manager Bob Myers already addressed the issue with a vote of confidence and that he would "let those words suffice." "We believe that Mark is fully capable, and we're confident in his ability to keep going in the right direction, keep propelling us like he has all year, and we believe that he's going to continue to be successful," Myers said Saturday after the firing of assistant coach Darren Erman. "We believe in his ability the rest of the way." Times-Herald

April 7, 2014 Updates

The man in the middle of the storm smiled, joked and arched his eyebrows at the thorniest questions Sunday. No, Mark Jackson wasn't about to lose his cool. Especially not now, not after two of his assistants have lost their jobs within the last few weeks, not with the NBA universe openly curious about Jackson's job security. That's his great strength -- the Warriors' self-assured coach never melts under the spotlight, and his players take their cues from him. Oakland Tribune

But this is who Jackson is, it has worked well for the Warriors so far, and he's not changing now. In fact, as the questions piled up Sunday, Jackson all but yawned. "My job will be determined on winning," Jackson said before an easy victory over Utah. "I'm fine with that ... "The talk about what these two (ex-assistants) have done, that has nothing to do with me." Oakland Tribune

But there has been grumbling about the team's occasional lack of urgency and Jackson's offensive system, which often bogs down in isolation sets with little movement. Some of that grumbling has come from people in the Warriors front office, by the way. At times, Jackson has reacted to the chatter indirectly by declaring that this franchise has a history of losing, is winning now and should act like it knows the difference. On Sunday, when I asked how he'd describe his relationship with co-owner Joe Lacob, Jackson said there are no problems between them. Oakland Tribune

April 6, 2014 Updates

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