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Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson
Position: -
Born: 04/01/65
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Earnings: $38,885,000 ($62,115,148*)
It’s unclear who else New York will interview. Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson both have fans in the organization. There is some support in the organization for Kidd to be among those who get an interview for the opening, per sources. Spurs assistant Becky Hammon was described by a source as a name to keep an eye on, as Newsday first reported. There is also some interest in bringing in former Cavs head coach Mike Brown in for an interview, per sources.
“Steve Kerr is a heckuva basketball coach and an even better person. So he’s done a heckuva job with the Golden State Warriors. (But) I would say get the facts straight,” Jackson said, referring to his tenure as coach. “The fact is we were a top five defense over the course of that tenure and we were a top 10 offense when it was all said and done. You have to understand – and these guys will admit it – the Steph Currys, the Klay Thompsons, the Draymond Greens: the team that I had are not the same individuals (that they were when I coached them). They look the same, and they’re the same people , but they’re not the same players that they were when I first got ahold of them.
“That being said: I’d be a fool to sit here and tell you that there’s nothing that I would do differently. There’s certainly things that I would do differently. And I look forward to the opportunity of one day proving that. But there’s no question about the success. This is a team that, one time in the previous (17) years made the playoffs. All of a sudden, they propel themselves into a dynasty. I don’t want credit for making them a dynasty. But from that one time in (17) years to all of a sudden being a playoff team, something good takes place.”
Jalen Rose compared today’s NBA with the league from more than 20 years ago after Mark Jackson’s comments that players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant had a different mindset. The former NBA player made a comparison between LeBron James and Karl Malone, who are both of the same height and weight but are playing entirely different positions. “Two players embodied that for me that I played against to show the difference in the eras. They’re both similar if you look at their height and their weight. The two players are Karl Malone and LeBron James. They’re listed the same. Karl Malone had skills for a big man. LeBron James has skills for a guard.
Mark Jackson: Kobe meant a tremendous amount to me. As an opponent, he won his first championship with the Lakers against my Pacers team. But as a fan of the game, I looked at him and appreciated everything about him. Not just in terms of his greatness, but how passionate and hard he worked. Kobe kept improving, not just as a basketball player—as a father, as a husband, as a man. He just continued to get better and wasn’t willing to accept anything less than getting better. Kobe sought incredible knowledge across the board, and was determined to be the best he could possibly be. That’s why so many people embraced him.
Mark Jackson: I’m a guy with tremendous faith. I’m not gonna slit my wrists if I never coach again. If you do what you’re supposed to do, it’s a promise from God that I will not withhold any good thing from you. So if I’m not coaching, that means it’s not good as long as I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. I truly believe that the day will come when I have the opportunity to, you know, to walk the sidelines again and lead a basketball team. For three years in Golden State had the time my life impact and plays, developing relationships and changing a culture. I truly was blessed to do that and I look forward to the opportunity to do it again. I don’t believe that no man can blackball me at all. If an opportunity presented itself, I’ll be locked and loaded and fully prepared to finish the task
Mark Jackson: I’m a guy with tremendous faith. I’m not gonna slit my wrists if I never coach again. If you do what you’re supposed to do, it’s a promise from God that I will not withhold any good thing from you. So if I’m not coaching, that means it’s not good as long as I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. I truly believe that the day will come when I have the opportunity to, you know, to walk the sidelines again and lead a basketball team. For three years in Golden State had the time my life impact and plays, developing relationships and changing a culture. I truly was blessed to do that and I look forward to the opportunity to do it again. I don’t believe that no man can blackball me at all. If an opportunity presented itself, I’ll be locked and loaded and fully prepared to finish the task
Van Gundy has done the NBA Finals for ABC/ESPN for 13 straight years with Mike Breen and Mark Jackson. “There’s a lot of disappointment,’’ Van Gundy said. “If you’re involved in the NBA, you certainly miss it especially this time of year coming down the stretch and playoffs. But NBA people, when I talk to them, the conversations don’t center around, ‘I wish we were playing.’ It centers around, ‘Gosh, I hope we can make moves to get this (coronavirus) under control.’”
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Asked if he can envision Jackson coming back home to coach the Knicks, Kleiman said: “There’a few things in life that like would check certain boxes for me. If he ever had a chance to coach the Knicks, obviously I’d be over the moon. But more importantly he’d be a tremendous coach. Somebody who brings a certain amount of credibility to any room he walks into. He can’t help but infuse positivity into a culture. I’ve seen it.’’
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We know that Leon Rose has connections to Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy. Both are expected to get consideration from New York. But Rose – and his longtime business partner William ‘World Wide Wes’ Wesley – certainly have relationships with dozens of coaches around the NBA and NCAA. Included among that group is former Knick Mark Jackson and ex-Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.
KLEIMAN: “That being said, whether it’s the Knicks, Timberwolves, Pacers, Clippers, any team, Mark Jackson is, to me, just one of those unique individuals that knows how to lead people, that knows how to inspire people. He’s got a personality that demands a certain level of attention. And I think it’s unfair that he hasn’t gotten a shot in the league, but I’m confident that he will. And I try not to get caught up in the six years that he hasn’t gotten a job and understand that for me, as his friend, he’s still the lead national analyst for the NBA (on ESPN) and the right job will come for him. And if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Mark is winning in life. He’s got a great family, he’s got a great job and he’s a great person…. I’m rooting for him as a friend but again, I think Mike Miller deserves a shot to see this through. He’s doing well.”
LaVar says he not only stands by his decisions to take LaMelo Ball out of high school in the United States (he went to Lithuania and Australia) … but says he’s convinced Melo will be the #1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Ball says his dream would be for the NY Knicks to hire Mark Jackson as the next head coach — who would then take Melo with their first pick. In fact, Ball says he sees a world in which all 3 of his sons sign with the Knicks and play in Madison Square Garden. He thinks his fam can save the franchise.
Storyline: Knicks Coaching Search
Once you are on the floor with an elite passer, be ready. The ball might catch you. “Your awareness is heightened,” said Carter, who has shared the court with point guards such as Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and Jason Williams during his 21-year career. “[Trae Young] is definitely in the conversation with those three guys as far as passing and no-look-passing ability,” Carter adds. “He does it so easy. Effortless.”
In addition to Bryant, Duncan, Garnett and Bosh, other players nominated for the first time this year include Shawn Marion, Michael Finley, Mark Eaton and Buck Williams. Meanwhile, Chauncey Billups, Mark Jackson, Tim Hardaway, Richard Hamilton, Chris Webber, Ben Wallace and Marcus Camby are among those on the ballot who have been nominated multiple times.
TMZ Sports spoke with the ex-NY star about the coaching vacancy … and, while he lists off a number of ex-Knicks who are qualified for the gig, Ewing ain’t one of them. Why?? “Ya gotta be a different type of coach than Patrick,” Oak tells us. “I think he tried before and they didn’t hire him. So, I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
The Knicks did some due diligence on Jackson’s Warriors tenure prior to hiring Fizdale. It’s unclear how far along Jackson got in the process with New York. But the idea that they chose Fizdale over Jackson, an ex-Knick who would have been mostly embraced by the fan base, is telling. According to sources, there are members of the organization who remain wary of hiring Jackson.
Storyline: Mark Jackson to Knicks?
Early coaching names floating around league circles as a replacement include former Knicks guard and Brooklyn native Mark Jackson, who last coached the Golden State Warriors to a 51-31 record in the 2013-14 season. “I think he could do well there,” one Eastern Conference scout told CNBC shortly after Fizdale’s dismissal was reported. “But would they hire Mark?”
Storyline: Mark Jackson to Knicks?
He currently ranks 10th with 8,879 assists, but he will soon surpass Gary Payton (8,966), Isiah Thomas (9,061) and perhaps even Chris Paul (9,290) this season. Assuming he maintains his season average of 11 per game, James should top Payton and Thomas at some point in the middle of this season. Paul, who is currently with the Oklahoma City Thunder in his 15th season, has stayed healthy and productive thus far. Considering Paul’s extensive injury history though, James could make up enough ground to climb ahead of his close friend either late this season or early next season. James should also eclipse Oscar Robertson (9,887 assists) next season and Magic Johnson (10,141), Mark Jackson (10,334) and Steve Nash (10,335) in two years. It seems like a stretch James could surpass Jason Kidd (12,091) and John Stockton (15,806). “I’ve been fortunate to be able to play with great teammates and great coaches in three great organizations so far in my career,” James said. “I just hope I make anyone who has followed my career proud.”
Fizdale was a good soldier during last season’s 17-win tank-a-thon, but how hard this team plays in the next few weeks is worth watching. One name to consider if the season really starts to careen: Mark Jackson. The ex-Warriors coach (and ex-Knick) was a favorite of GM Scott Perry during the interview process in 2018, and Jackson has made no secret about his desire to coach again. Fizdale won’t be expected to perform miracles with this group but New York can’t let the season slip away quickly.
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“One particular issue was, from what I heard, his views on gender or marriage, or what the Bible said about your sexuality.” Now as then, Warriors COO Rick Welts was a valuable executive on the team’s business side. “He just went in the Hall of Fame,” Iguodala said. “He was the brains behind All-Star weekend. He’s celebrated as one of the top execs in sports.” He also is openly gay, with beliefs that would have conflicted with Jackson’s. “So there were conflicts with that,” Iguodala said. “It was widespread. Everyone was talking about that.”