Mark Jackson To Be Named Golden State Warriors Head Coach

The Warriors will reportedly not pick up Keith Smart's option for 2011-2012. That means we are now into the first head coach search of the Lacob/Guber ownership. We'll provide updates as the search moves along. In the meantime, head over to Golden State of Mind to join the discussion about all things Warriors.

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Warriors Tab Mark Jackson As Next Head Coach

A grown man move?  The Golden State Warriors have hired current ABC-NBA analyst Mark Jackson to be their next head coach. 

Jackson's thoughts from an official Warriors' press release:

"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."

Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob on the hiring:

"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."

And Warriors General Manager Larry Riley:

"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."

The former NBA point guard has no prior coaching experience.  But he becomes the 24th head coach in Golden State Warriors history.  He will officially assume his duties at the conclusion of the NBA Finals.  The Warriors will formally introduce Jackson later this week.


Golden State Warriors Head Coach Update: Mark Jackson Interviewed

Add current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson to the list of coaching candidates for the Golden State Warriors.  From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Golden State recently interviewed Mark Jackson for its coaching job, a league source tells Y! Sports.

Jackson has no NBA coaching experience, but that hasn't stopped him from pursuing opportunities in recent years.  Via a 2010 FanHouse article by Brett Polakolff:

I think it depends on who's doing the hiring," Jackson said. "I think you've got great examples of it, just like any other hire. And then you have examples where it didn't work. Doc Rivers was hired with no experience, and he's as good as it gets as coaching goes.

The former NBA point guard been considered for several head coaching jobs before, including the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Hornets.  Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers wanted to interview Jackson for their opening before they hired Doug Collins, but Jackson reportedly was not interested.


Mike Brown Likely Next Warriors Head Coach, ESPN's Ric Bucher Reports

All signs point to Mike Brown being the Golden State Warriors next head coach, ESPN's Ric Bucher reported today in his weekly Friday chat.

Lakers assistant coaches Chuck Person and Brian Shaw "are serious about getting the job and will be interviewed. But all signs point to Mike Brown being the Warriors next head coach," Bucher wrote in response to a question from one of his readers.

Brown was the 2008-09 NBA Coach of the Year andcoached the Cleveland Cavaliers to 272-138 record over the course of five seasons, but was let go prior to last season and became an analyst for ESPN.

Brown's resume looks pretty solid, but it must say something that he was able to get a LeBron James led team to the NBA Finals just once in five seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Finals just one other season despite advancing to the NBA Playoffs each year as head coach.

Prior to his job with the Cavs, Brown's only NBA head coaching experience, the 41-year-old was an assistant with the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs.


Golden State Warriors Head Coach Update: Brian Shaw, Mike Brown on W's Radar

Matt Steinmetz of reported today that the Golden State Warriors are seemingly moving their timetable forward of hiring a new coach due to the high number of head coach vacancies in the NBA right now.

Along with the Warriors, the Lakers, Rockets, and Pacers, have head coaching spots to fill, and there is certainly a possiblity that places like Toronto and Detroit might have openings as well. With so many spots open and only so many people to fill them, the Warriors are trying to get a coach they like before someone else does first.

The W’s have reportedly had or will have meetings with Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, and current Mavericks assistant Dwayne Casey. They also were looking at big name coaches like Jerry Sloan and Jeff Van Gundy. As to how interested they are in coming back to the sideline is unknown, but those seem more like shots in the dark than actually leads.

Steinmetz points out that Shaw will likely draw the attention of the Pacers as he has a relationship with GM Larry Bird during their playing days in Boston. He also notes that Houston has seemingly chopped their shopping list to just 3 men: Dwayne Casey, former T-Wolves coach Kevin McHale, and current Boston assistant Lawrence Frank.

From Steinmetz:

As you can see, some of the same candidates are in the mix for different positions. In other words, maybe there is a sense of urgency — not just for the Warriors but for any team with a vacancy. Teams might want to identify their man quickly and go after him decisively. After all, if they don’t, some other team probably will.

If the braintrust for Golden State wants to make a big splash, they likely are going to to have swoop in and make a deal that is more appealing to a coach than other teams. It seems that these head coaches in waiting will be hot commodities this summer, ripe for the taking by the highest bidder.

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