Golden State Warriors Hire Mark Jackson As Head Coach

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Golden State Warriors Hire Mark Jackson As Head Coach

A press release by Warriors general manager Larry Riley confirms that Mark Jackson will be the 24th head coach in team history:

“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. 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.”

Mark Jackson also issued a statement regarding his new position:

“I am really elated about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge of building the Warriors into a perennial contender. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the organization during our meetings, beginning at the top with (owner) 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.”

As a player Jackson spent 21 seasons in the NBA with the Knicks, Clippers, Pacers, Nuggets, Raptors, Jazz, and Rockets. He’s currently 3rd in NBA history with 10,334 assists. He was the Rookie of the Year for the 1987-1988 season and made one all-star appearance in 1989. The Five Second Back-to-the-Basket rule, preventing a player from dribbling with his back to the basket below the free-throw line for more than five seconds, is commonly referred to as the “Mark Jackson Rule” after he became known for holding the ball in a post up position for extended periods of time in the low post.

After his playing career was over Jackson was an analyst on the YES Network for the New Jersey Nets. He most recently worked for ABC and ESPN. He will continue calling this year’s NBA Finals with Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy and will assume his new role when the series is completed.

Jackson’s catch phrases will be missed but from everyone at TheBowse, congratulations on your first head coaching job.

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