Mark Jackson is New Warriors Head Coach

Here is Warriors release:


17-Year NBA Veteran Becomes 24th Head Coach In Franchise History

OAKLAND, CA – The Golden State Warriors have named Mark Jackson, a 17-year NBA veteran as a player and current ABC/ESPN broadcaster, as the team’s new head coach, it was announced today. Jackson becomes the 24th head coach in franchise history and the 19th since the team moved to the West Coast in 1962. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Jackson, 46, played for seven organizations – New York (twice), the L.A. Clippers, Indiana (twice), Denver, Toronto, Utah and Houston – during his highly-successful 17-year NBA career and helped guide his teams to the playoffs in 14 of those 17 seasons. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he ranks third on the NBA’s all-time assists list (10,334) – trailing only John Stockton and Jason Kidd – and was named a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star team in 1989. Jackson was originally selected by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 1987 NBA Draft (18th overall) and promptly captured NBA Rookie of the Year honors at the conclusion of the 1987-88 campaign. He established a still-standing NBA record for assists by a rookies in a single season (868) and played for five Hall of Fame coaches during his collegiate and professional careers (Lou Carnesecca, Lenny Wilkens, Jerry Sloan, Pat Riley and Larry Brown).

“After an extensive search and a great deal of consideration, we have come to the conclusion that Mark Jackson is the best coach for this team,” said Warriors’ General Manager Larry Riley. “He will bring a youthful and fresh approach to our team and the fact that he enjoyed a stellar playing career, where he served most of that time as the leader of some very successful teams, will prove invaluable in the long run. We were looking for a coach with leadership ability and a strong personality and believe Mark possesses those qualities. He’s very well respected in NBA circles, is a consummate professional and his knowledge and background will be an incredible asset for our team and organization.”

“We are tremendously excited about the addition of Mark Jackson as our new head coach,” said Warriors’ Owner Joe Lacob. “He epitomized leadership as a player in this league for 17 seasons and we think that characteristic – and many other positive traits – will translate very well into his coaching duties with our young team. He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league and we’re convinced that he is the right person to guide this team into the future and help us achieve the success that we are striving for as an organization.”

“I am really elated about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge of building the Warriors into a perennial contender,” said Jackson. “I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the organization during our meetings, beginning at the top with Joe Lacob and, of course, with Larry Riley, Bob Myers and Jerry West. I have sensed that Joe is committed to winning and building a team and a culture the right way. I think we all witnessed that with some of the recent front office additions as well and some of the other positive things that have been done in recent months. This is an incredible opportunity and I am honored and thank God that I have been chosen to be the next coach of the Warriors. The Bay Area has always had some of the best fans in the NBA and I look forward to being a part of that incredible atmosphere at Oracle Arena, along with my wife, my kids and my church family, who are thrilled as well.”

Jackson, who will assume his new duties at the conclusion of the NBA Finals, appeared in 131 playoff games during his career, including 23 with the Indiana Pacers in 2000, when he was a member of the Eastern Conference Champions (played L.A. Lakers in the NBA Finals). Additionally, he led the NBA in assists during the 1996-97 campaign (11.4 apg).

Jackson will be introduced to the Bay Area media later this week.

Marcus Thompson

  • Marc

    What a joke! speechless…….

  • rockridge

    I like it.

    Now hand Stef Curry the keys..

    Next hire:

    Former Golden State Warrior and NBA Champion as player and coach Clifford Ray.

    A bigman specialist is exactly what we need to wake Bumdrins up from his coma..


  • GR

    a guy with no experience that communicates the game of basketball through catch-phrases and clearly has a love of shoot first point guards. i’m already reading a “give it a chance” comments on other sites– please, they’ve had MANY years of having a chance.
    way to address the problems of the warriors, front office!

  • robert rowell

    i’ve got a great idea! let’s hired a GM and head coach with ABSOLUTELY ZERO experience. that’s a winning formula for sure.

    lacob’s b-ball decisions are making cohan look smart by comparison. yike, friends.

    thanks, MT2, for reprinting the press release, but ‘cmon, what’s the real thinking behind what appears to be another in a long line of boneheaded, short-sighted, ill conceived Warriors moves?

  • Italy415

    Marc you honestly think the hiring is a joke?? Do you even know what your saying??? Trust me its a GREAT hire..Great job to the Warrior brass!!!!!!!!

  • J-walk

    For all those who want to yell out that this hire is terrible and a joke. I say you are the joke. They did their due diligence and this is the person Lacob, Riley, Meyers and West decided on. What makes you think your narcissistic pathetic opinion means anything.

  • deano

    I never thought that Jackson was seriously under consideration. I was surprised that Lacob had even talked to him. This choice is very dispiriting. Why the rush? Why not talk to Casey? This decision will be wrong until proven right; and the only way this goes right is if Jerry West convincingly states says that Jackson was his first choice,
    or the Warriors make the Playoffs.

  • Marc

    Hey J-dork, I mean Fitz, suck it. I forgot that you have the only opinion.

  • Vegas Bill

    Same old Warriors. New owner, same result.

  • J-walk

    Back at you. My opinion is that you along with all the other nay Sayers don’t know the first thing about Jackson or wether he will be a good coach or not. The certainty in which you all proclaim this as a doomsday decision is narcissistic and nauseating. An organization at some point was going to give Jackson a shot. It turns out it’s the Warriors. It’s not like it’s unheard of for neo fights to make good coaches. i.e. Doc Rivers, Pat Riley. I’ll tell you one other thing to you and all the other blowhards. Jackson may not become a good coach and he may fail. However, if he does it won’t be because of your certainty that it will happen. So get a life.

  • i have a Q, who did Doc River coach b4 he landed n Boston? Juz asking!

  • Marc

    My bad, you are right J-Walk. I will call tonight and get my season tickets. BTW, anybody who uses narcissistic and nauseating in the same sentences is a complete deuchebag. Put down your dictionary and sports almanac and pull your pants up.

  • J-walk

    Is that the best you can do. Put down intelligence and glorify your stupidity. Don’t bother calling about those tickets. As if that’s an honor patch to manhood You’re a tool. Forget about those season tickets. You couldn’t afford them with that 2 cent education and meaningless no-money-making job.

  • Roll the bones

    “Lady luck, she favors the bold!”

    BTW word is we got Malone as lead asst.

    Compared to Keith Smart, I’d bet on Mark Jackson every time.

  • PapaKnowsBest

    Both of you are idiots, and apparently a bit under-educated.

    Marc, that Douche, not deuche.

    J-Walk, that’s neophyte, not neo-fight.

    You’re on a freaking computer, try spell-check.

    As to the hire, I’m pro-Jackson. He’s gonna be a player’s coach. As long as he has a couple of quality assistants, he’ll be fine.

  • BJ

    It’s neophytes not neo fights.

    Anyway this is Lacob acting out his Celtics upbringing. He thinks Jackson will be another Doc Rivers, plain and simple.

  • GR

    yikes. this comment section could use a bit of the ol’ spell check. mama there goes that team.

  • Wow, enlightening commentary. I guess that happens when Marcus doesn’t blog but once a month, eh? lol.

    Anyway, I like the hire, on the condition that the Warriors are successful in hiring a top assistant who has lots of coaching experience. I think Jackson certainly has the basketball knowledge to be successful; but his inexperience may affect his ability to manage games, practice schedules, etc.

    Having an assistant he trusts, who has been coaching a while in other successful organizations will give Jackson a much needed resource, and will allow him to focus on reaching players and changing the culture.

    I’m cautiously optimistic.


  • W’s in 2010

    I honestly laughed when I heard the news.

    Getting Mike Malone is huge though. You got to surround Mark Jackson with as much brains and experience as you can. It’s funny, because it’s like what we did with Larry Riley. Adding Jerry West and Bob Myers covers up Riley’s weaknesses. In fact, why even have Larry Riley around now?

    Anyways, we got our defensive coach, what we need now are an off coordinator, big man coach. Then Mark Jackson can just sit back, do nothing but watch the game and talk. “Stephen Curry, you got a guy who’s a knockdown shooter.” “Ekpe Udoh, you got a guy who, if they drive to the rim, he’ll tell you ‘not on my watch’.” “David Lee, you got a guy who just gets it done” “Monta Ellis, pound for pound, the best player in the game today” “Momma, there goes that man”.

  • deano

    Apparently, GSW has hired Mark Jackson for the same reasons that the 49ers hired Mike Singletary – presence and command. At least Singeltary had experience as a coach. He had already decided on coaching as a career, and was passionate about coaching. Jackson’s only demonstrated career passion is arguing with Jeff Van Gundy on TV broadcasts. There is no reason to think that Jackson will be any better of a head coach than Singletary. Good luck to us all.

  • Reason

    Great hire at least motivationally, but I hear the Warriors have also just about landed Mike Malone as the top assistant. That’s a boon for the Warriors. With Malone they get one of the top defensive minds in basketball, and a great personality in Jackson as the head figure. It’s perfect. You love and respect the head coach, but the detail work is put in by his staff.

  • sperry

    I dont think anyone can be happy or upset with this move, everything is obviously unknown. I do like coaches who were previous pg’s though, that position above all others must know the roles of every position on a team. Obviously Mark Jackson was successful being the floor leader for many years. That said, Hiring Malone as assistant is a great move and makes the unknown easier to be satisfied with.

    Most importantly though, All moves done with this management team were to bring in big names amongst the NBA community. Player friendly management. Now we wont be a team that good players avoid at all costs. At least it should be a very exciting year.

  • DKnight007

    Good hire to by the Warriors to give Jackson a shot. Better than any retread out there. Jackson has always been a student of the game and he knows what it takes to win in this league and being analyst has helped his knowledge even more.

    I have been saying for over a year now, the Warriors have needed to get what they can and trade Monte Ellis. They need talent.

    They can look to draft PF/C 7′0, 225 Donatas Motiejunas or the guy I’m high on SF/BG 6′8, 228lbs Jordan Hamilton to replace Monte Ellis at the BIG 2 GUARD position if they indeed trade Ellis for a big man. Hamilton can swing as a big guard or small forward and he will get stronger and has solid upside.

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  • Reason

    I agree with you Sperry, we’re bringing in some respectability. I like the names and cast of characters so far, West, Jackson, Meyer. It’s an improvement over Bobby Rowell who loved to screw up the team and then find ways to villify some scapegoat player/coach in the media, see e.g. Baron, Latrell, Webber, Mullin, Jackson, Caelesimo, Twardzick… Bye the way, is Rowell still on the payroll?

  • Bill

    It’s wait and see, isn’t it? At least if we’re raiding ESPN for “talent” it’s not Van Gundy. And this rumor mill about Iguodala for Monta? That just hurts. I can see it happening and Monta comes back to Oracle and drops 50 on a struggling team led by the wonderful firebrand Biedrins!

    oh, one more thing…and I do hate this bickering blog-itis that’s taken over the site…but really—neo fight? before you try to duel intellectually sharpen your vocabulary, spelling and rhetorical skills….it’s sad…

    hopefully West signed off on Jackson….hopefully a lot of things…but let’s wait and see…after all, as devoted Warriors fans, waiting is something we’ve done well for centuries…

  • improvise

    Very disappointing hire.

  • Marc

    My bad Papaknowsbest, as Booger said, “I thought I was looking at my mother’s old douche bag, but that’s in Ohio”.

  • JimPunkrockford

    the interesting thing about this hire is we all know what mark thinks (at least in basketball terms). we have been able to hear his opinions about players and styles for years on TV. personally i’m not a fan, but winning would make me feel better. but c’mon, any W’s fan that feels hopeful about next season has not been a W’s fan for too long. every year they sell hope and every year they fail to deliver. not opinion, fact.

  • will

    Marc & Jwalk, I hope you guys can make up at the season opener when you blow eachother in the bathroom. On the hiring of Mark Jackson, who knows? All I know is if monta ellis is getting traded, Stephen Curry needs to work on all of his turnovers I saw last season. I’m glad they fired keith smart, they need to need to something different.

  • will

    no I don’t stutter (need to need to)