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.