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Report: Cavaliers inquire about Mark Jackson

Jun 12, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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With the pace of the Cavaliers’ coaching search, you’d almost think they’re slow-playing to let LeBron James make the decision.

Just when it appeared Cleveland might have narrowed the field – with Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue interviewing with Dan Gilbert – new names have begun to surface. Mark Price interviewed, and Nate McMillan was contacted.

Now, add Mark Jackson to the list of potential targets.

Joe Kotoch of Pro Basketball Draft:

Before the Warriors hired him, Jackson was notoriously choosy about accepting a job. Now that he actually has coaching experience – and a strong record of success, at that – I don’t see Jackson becoming any less selective. Like the situation a few years ago, Jackson has a cushy ESPN job that makes coaching a lower-rung franchise less appealing.

The Cavaliers will have the opportunity to hire a good coach, though it might take keen talent evaluation by Gilbert and general manager David Griffin. There are just too many quality candidates on the market for Cleveland, or any team, to get shut out (unless they needlessly limit their pool to only those with previous ties to the team, but that’s their own doing).

However, Cleveland might have more trouble than most.

John Calipari turned down a ton of money work for the Cavaliers, and other coaches must be turned off by the franchise’s dysfunction. It’s a hard sell at this point.

I don’t know whether Jackson is the best fit for the Cavaliers, but if they can convince him – with his high standards for jobs – to even consider them, that would be a victory. It might even urge other potential coaches to give Cleveland a second look.

  1. ljl2 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    2 days old info. And no thanks on Jackson.

    • kinggw - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Yeah cause much better candidates are lining up to take that job.

      • ljl2 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM


    • musician0785 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      It would be an inspired hire from the cavs……..which is why they wont do it.

      • srgpsycho - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        Agreed. It took a ownership change to make this turnaround possible in the east bay. The way the Cav’s do it reminds me of the old Warrior days lol. Cav’s are on the road to Nowhere as Golden State was in the early 2000’s. Shouldn’t change either.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        How inspired were the choices of Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni for the Lakers?

        How inspiring is their coaching hire going to be this time? Come on, PLEASE let it be Rambis…

      • musician0785 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        Stop Laker trolling on a an article having NOTHING to do with the lakers…..loser

  2. goldmember21 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Hand down… Man down..

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Momma look at that man turn down that job.

  3. cantonb0und13 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Who cares about the Cavs.. All they do is get the 1st pick and miss the playoffs.

  4. cantonb0und13 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    In other news, am I the only one who mutes their T.V. when Mike Breen is talking?

    • cruzan80 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM


      • sellahh - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        In other news, i don’t get the all-around love for JVG, he’s awful, his rants make me want to punch him in the face and now it’s only gotten worse now that they’ve added Mark Jackson to the crew where they just go and talk about some meaningless bull**** for like 2 minutes of game-time. However I don’t get the hate Mark Jackson gets, he’s cheesy as hell but his voice is so much better to listen. JVG is annoying as …….

  5. mungman69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    The Cavs’ owner will stick his opinion where it isn’t needed so any coaching candidate should beware of this. Parker should be their pick.

  6. srgpsycho - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Jackson instilled a defensive approach which successfully changed the complexion of a dismal Warriors recent past. Can’t see any reason he couldn’t do likewise in Cleveland. The Warriors players loved playing for him. I just can’t see why he’d go back into coaching when he can make boatloads of cash behind the mic. Either way I love his commentary & feel he’s a adequate addition to a lackluster Cav’s staff. The question is whether they can land him.

  7. chiadam - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    The reason no one wants the Cleveland job is the team itself, not dysfunction. Irving is leaving. They just wasted one first overall pick on a complete bum. Waiters, Thompson, Hawes and Gee are interesting pieces but you don’t build a franchise around them.

    • blzelman - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Gee?!?! Alonzo!?!? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. You know you’re basketball.

    • jeffkx - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Kyrie is not leaving.

    • hbdbrowns33 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Hawes is a free agent and Gee is absolutely terrible. Its pretty clear you know nothing about basketball.

  8. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    They misspelled Jackson. It’s spelled P-R-I-C-E

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