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Warriors met with Mark Jackson for head coaching gig

May 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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Yahoo! Sports reports that former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson interviewed for the head coaching position for the Golden State Warriors shortly after Keith Smart was let go. Jackson may get another interview, though Mike Brown remains the leading candidate.

Jackson’s experience in… broadcasting certainly makes him an attractive candidate considering how he’s never been an assistant coach past his playing days and how often that works out well. Wait, no, that’s not right.

Jackson’s chances are pretty slim considering the number of experienced coaches with head coaching work, not just assistant coaching work on the market. There are a number of capable candidates available, so Jackson’s unlikely to land the gig.

However, in the spirit of exploration, here’s a list of possible techniques used by Jackson on the Warriors were he to get the job:

  • Handcuffing Andris Biedrins to the rim in an effort to make sure he knows he can not leave that area.
  • Teaching the Warriors, a systemic and personnel disaster defensively, to be an elite defense by saying “That’s just terrible defense” over and over again, without any adjustments or suggestions for improvement.
  • Celebrating every Monta Ellis pull-up jumper by screaming  “Great players make great plays!” followed by some sort of pun.
  • When Stephen Curry expresses consternation at defending experience veterans, Jackson will simply repeat “Hand down, man down” at every turn, eventually driving Curry into a mental institute.
  • Responding to every off-court issue by shaking his head and saying “You’re better than that.” No fine, no counseling, just a catchphrase and a head shake.
Maybe Jackson will go the Vinny Del Negro route and surprise everyone despite his lack of experience. After all, Del Negro made the playoffs his first two years with the Bulls and managed to get the Clippers to be at least watchable again. Granted, everyone thinks Del Negro is a terrible coach with a two-year shelf life, but hey, non-playoff results are non-playoff results.
But with so many respected coaches, it’s hard to see MJax jumping to the front of the line.
  1. jstrizzle - May 22, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    This was truly entertaining

  2. ocgunslinger - May 22, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Jackson must have accumulated some useable air miles.

  3. dannomac21 - May 22, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Idk why this is such a joke? Jackson’s going to be a great head coach someday. He has plenty of people behind him (former coaches, colleagues, etc..) and has extreme knowledge for the game.

    He’s gonna be the twice the coach VDN ever will be.

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