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Report: Mark Jackson among Warriors coaching finalists

May 30, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

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Would you hire a man who says “Mamma, there goes that man” as your head coach? A guy who says “give me better offense any day” every game?

The Golden State Warriors are apparently considering it.

Former player and current ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jackson is a finalist for the Warriors head coaching job, according to Matt Steimmetz at CSN Bay Area. Also on that list are Brian Shaw, Lawrence Frank and Dwane Casey.

Jackson — the former New York Knick, Indiana Pacer and current analyst for ESPN and ABC — is very much being considered for the Golden State job. In fact, Jackson has had two conversations with the Warriors, including one with owner Joe Lacob, according two NBA sources.

That is significant because Lacob was not in on the Warriors’ first set of discussions with candidates. It is unknown whether Shaw, Casey or Frank has met or talked to Lacob up to this point. Jackson has.

Jackson has wanted a job, but he has no coaching experience. It is a big risk to take a guy straight out of the broadcast booth and throw him on the bench as a head coach. Especially with experienced assistant and former head coaches out there. Guys where you have a better idea what your getting based on some track record.

  1. trbowman - May 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    This hire would mean we wouldn’t have to listen to him on ESPN anymore. Sounds good to me.

    • rajbais - May 30, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      @trbowman AMEN TO THAT BRO!!!!

    • rajbais - May 30, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      @trbowman After that, coaching jobs should then go to Van Gundy and Mike Breen!!!

      That crew sucks!!!

  2. passerby23 - May 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I actually enjoy the banter between Jackson and Van Gundy, but Mike Breen is not a prime-time commentator in my opinion. I miss the days of the NBA on NBC. ABC broadcasting has hurt the NBA.

  3. mk2323 - May 30, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Are u guys nuts? That crew is way better than Miller and Kerr. At least Van Gundy calls it how he sees it. Miller was too busy having an orgasm every time a bulls player dunked the ball.

  4. randommofo - May 30, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    I can see the Wired/Inside Trax stuff now:

    Mark: STEPH- WE’RE GETTING BLOWN OUT- GO MAKE A GROWN MAN MOVE!

  5. dysraw1 - May 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    i couldnt think of a better candidate for coaching job in the league, i wish he wouldve gotten the knick job. i know the whole experience thing is hurting his chances. but dude lives & breathes basketball

    • mytthor - May 30, 2011 at 9:35 PM

      I don’t get it. How many players and non players live and breathe basketball? Doesn’t mean you can coach it. The guy was a point guard but never really a team leader, I’m sure he knows the game, but so do most NBA players, especially ones who lacked athleticism like Jackson.

  6. feartherallythong - May 31, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Much as I hate the Lakers, Shaw is a great candidate – and not because he is a fellow UCSB alum. He has NBA coaching experience at least, and seems very knowledgeable. Lacob, please don’t hire a booth guy with no experience!

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