Mark Jackson rumours

The Golden State Warriors took a chance on a former NBA player turned basketball commentator (ESPN and ABC) to be their head coach in June 2011. It has worked well for the Warriors franchise because this will be consecutive years that they make the playoffs.

The last time the Warriors made the playoffs before Coach Mark Jackson’s arrival was 2006 – 07 season.

Jackson has reassigned assistant coach Brian Scalabrine. The Warriors franchise will keep Scalabrine on the payroll in another role. They will let Coach Jackson decide who he wants on his staff as long as he is the head coach.

This incident is creating rumours that there is a power struggle going on within the Warriors organization.  The media has run with the rumour and have mentioned Jackson is looking for another job.

The obvious destination would be New York Knicks because Jackson played high school in Brooklyn (Bishop Loughlin), college (St. Johns) and had his best professional years with the New York Knicks.  He had great success at each level and is a fan favourite.

Coach Mike Woodson will be fired by the Knicks as soon as the season ends. Phil Jackson will be responsible for choosing the next Knicks coach. It would be a great fit: hometown hero returning and will lead New York to success.

Jackson still works for the Warriors and his team will be a playoff team once again. He led his team to the playoffs two out of the three years he coached. The Warriors can’t afford to return to the loser they were for so many years before Jackson’s arrival. Jackson may be looking for leverage to get a better contract, but he is still under contract for one more year.

The biggest problem will be how his players respond to the rumours and how Coach Jackson explains to his team that he is focused on the players in the locker room. The Warriors have a chance to move from the sixth to the fifth in the Western Conference with a strong finish and have a chance to surpass the 47 wins total of last year.

Jackson is looking out for number one and always wanted to coach in New York. He needed some experience before he could get his dream job. The Knicks job is looking like a great opportunity with the recent hire of Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony willing to stay with the Knicks. The Eastern Conference is diluted. Coach Jackson can come in and be a hero in his hometown.

Do you believe Coach Jackson will leave the Warriors?

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10 Responses to “Mark Jackson rumours”

  1. akwesi says:

    Man if they allow Jackson to leave, it gives leg to what I always believed that many of these owners and gms are idiots and really don’t wish to put personal issues aside for a teams success.

    • gambitsports says:

      It is only a rumour for now. Warriors hadn’t made playoffs since 2006 – 07 now have a coach that gets them there 2 years in a row. Yes, not smart to let him go if it is true.

  2. groda says:

    Dear Gambit
    at 30 years of age, I am not sure you give a new contract to Carmelo if he opts out; if I can have the chance to pressure Carmelo a little bit, I would ask him to opt out only next year.
    This way, if he does, the Knicks will have Bargnani, Stoudamire, and Anthony’s contract off the book, free to go after better free agents.
    Carmelo will always take the team hostage, with opt-out clauses in every year’s of his contract.
    Personally, I hope Carmelo opts out, and that Phil Jackson lets him walk. This will send shudders through the league, and smoooth out the arrival of any new coach.
    No way Carmelo is worth more than 15 million dollars a year in a 5-year contract.

    • gambitsports says:

      The Knicks 2014 payroll will all e off the books. They don’t have a first round pick.
      Melo at 30 years old is still young. The Knicks don’t want to be patient, which means they will go hard after free agents.
      The Knicks are two year away from being a threat in the East. Phil will rebuild quickly.

  3. rommel says:

    Forget the quick fix gambit….with the great Phil Jackson now in town,this is the time to do things right…..get rid of bargnani,stoudemire and Carmelo…..yes i agree with groda and i said it before on your site,Carmelo is a cancer…..Phil will have a chance to assemble players of his choice to lead nyk in future…..this is a great franchise that needs to get back to it’s winning ways….patience in Gotham will be key to rebuild this organisation the right way…..heeeeeeeeeeeho

    • gambitsports says:

      New York Knicks owner Dolan will not be patient. It is a big market, huge media and fan base; therefore, patience will not be practiced.
      You know it’s true!

  4. rommel says:

    Haven’t you heard??? Phil is in charge…..the zen master will preach patience…the Dolan way hasn’t worked that’s why you have to change attitude of this organisation and change doesn’t come overnight….nyk gave Phil carte blanche to do his thing,so sit back relax and enjoy the show but it will take a little time and given mr jackson’s great résumé the people of new York will cut him some slack……heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeho

  5. rommel says:

    Marc Jackson,Avery Johnson,Lionel hollins….all decent candidates…..heeeeeeho

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