I hope the title of my article didn’t get people too excited because I’m not talking about Phil Jackson. I’m talking about Mark Jackson.
Until just recently, Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Jackson met with ownership and management today and was relieved of his head coaching duties. The reports were first released by Adrian Wojnarowski, who covers the NBA for Yahoo Sports.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Mark Jackson played in the NBA from 1987-2004 and then worked as an analyst. He was hired by the Golden State Warriors in 2011.
In his first season with the Warriors was the lockout-shortened 66-game season. His team finished 23-43 and missed the playoffs. In his second season, the team improved tremendously and finished 47-35 and made it all the way to the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs. This season, the Warriors finished with a better record, 51-31, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jackson didn’t have any coaching experience before his stint with the Warriors, so I’d say he had a fairly successful run in Golden State. He had the opportunity to work with superstars such as Stephen Curry, David Lee, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and other talented players.
With so many talented scorers on the Golden State squad, Jackson preached a more defensive philosophy to balance his team and win more games. He brought on the right personnel and was able to achieve that in a very short amount of time. In the past three years, he has grown in maturity and has more confidence leading a team. Jackson’s team loves playing for him and Curry, who spoke out about Jackson staying, will definitely be disappointed now that he is fired.
So why am I writing this article? Well, we all know that the moment Jackson is fired, there will be rumors that he is up for the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching job. So why don’t we start the rumors right here right now?
Do I like Jackson as the Lakers’ head coach? I don’t know yet. He’s young, he’s had decent success, he’s had playoff experience, he’s worked with star players and he has over 17 years of experience as a player.
His defensive philosophy will make him an attractive candidate for the Lakers’ job, but his limited time in the league might be a cause for concern for Lakers’ General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Actually, I take that back. Names like Kevin Ollie and John Calipari and Roy Williams have been thrown around for the Los Angeles Lakers head coach job, so Jackson will have no problem with his 3 years of NBA coaching experience.
As I write this article, I am convincing myself more that Jackson would actually be a good fit for the Lakers. With only a few veteran players on the roster and with the rebuilding plan starting this off-season, Jackson would be an excellent fit to help this team move forward.
Interesting Fact: Mark Jackson serves as the full time pastor of True Love Worship Center International in Van Nuys, California– another good reason why he is a good candidate for the Lakers’ position; he’ll be close to home.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Jackson is a good fit for the Los Angeles Lakers?
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