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Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

Posted on: March 18, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2010 8:11 am

Mark Jackson’s decision to sign with an agent this week has not gone unnoticed in coaching circles, where it is believed that the former All-Star point guard and current broadcaster finally will get his chance to roam the sidelines as an NBA head coach. 

Jackson did not employ an agent when he was in the running for head coaching jobs in New York and Minnesota last summer and Phoenix in 2008, preferring to deal one-on-one with team executives. Jackson, 44, got passed over for all three jobs but is expected to be in demand once the NBA’s coaching carousel starts spinning at the end of April. 

“Despite the economy and the potential work stoppage, there’s going to be more movement than we’ve seen in the past,” said one person involved in the coaching business. 

The two most sensible landing spots for the ABC/ESPN commentator are the Clippers and Nets, according to sources familiar with both situations. Jackson lives in Los Angeles and is a native New Yorker. Despite turmoil in both organizations, the situations will be extremely attractive for top coaching candidates this summer. 

One person familiar with how coaching candidates view the Clippers job described the team as being in the “best shape in the league” payroll-wise and talent-wise. There are signs that frugal owner Donald M. Sterling, who demoted and then fired former coach and GM Mike Dunleavy in recent weeks, could be ready to open his notoriously tight checkbook for a high-profile name like Jackson. The Nets, according to sources, would be viewed as more of a longer-term growth opportunity for Jackson, who has no previous coaching experience. But the cap space to sign a max free agent, the possibility of landing presumed No. 1 pick John Wall, and the team’s eventual move to a new arena in Brooklyn – one borough over from Jackson’s native Queens – might overshadow the fact that the Nets (7-61) are on their way to one of the worst seasons in NBA history. 

Another situation that bears watching is Indiana, where Jackson enjoyed some of his best years as a player. Former Pacers GM Donnie Walsh, who also is represented by Jackson’s new agent, Steve Kauffman, thinks highly of Jackson and still holds sway over Pacers owner Herb Simon when it comes to transformational decisions such as a coaching hire. If the Pacers decide to dismiss Jim O’Brien after the season for a new voice, and Jackson’s communication skills and popularity within the organization will be among his biggest strengths. 

Jackson’s decision to sign with Kauffman Sports Management made official his well-known private desire to leave the broadcast booth for a chance to coach. Sources familiar with Jackson’s thinking say he is cognizant of the role his lack of experience would play and is determined to recruit the most experienced assistants possible to help him make the transition. Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans and Golden State are among the other teams that could be contemplating coaching changes this summer.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: March 19, 2010 6:22 pm

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

Mark Jackson is an awesome anouncer. He should stay, now who is Jeff Van Gundy gonna go against.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2010 1:52 pm

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

What makes Mark Jackson a legitimate coaching candidate?  Because he's a former player?  Point guard?  Color commentator?

When you listen to guys like Doug Collins, Van Gundy, Hubie Brown, ect. call games you can tell how knowledgeable they are and how they can explain the game or scenarios in the game to the casual fan.  I never got that with Jackson.  To me he just spits out comments like "oh momma know that bad boy didn't" or something ridiculous like that.

More of a sarcastic , arrogant guy than a coach type, X & O guy to me.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2010 1:06 pm

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

That would be great, because he annoys they crap out of me as an analyst.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2010 12:57 pm

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

Oh Please, please please let the Nets, Clippers or Pacers hire Mark Jackson: the king of restating the most obvious and the current winner of the Tom Tolbert award for worst NBA broadcaster this year.

I mean Mark Jackson makes Reggie Miller look like Hubie Brown as a broadcaster (sorry I'm a Bulls fan and have to hate Reggie Miller still tot his day, but I find Miller's broadcasts a welcome relief to those wtih Mark Jackson).

I also don't think Jackson will help any of these teams....

Though I did like Jackson as a player, so who knows.  He's a terrible broadcaster and ultimately I want to enjoy the TNT,etc broadcasts (not sure if he does TNT or ESPN offhand, but I've had to suffer through at least 10-12 broadcasts of his this year).

I used to always switch to the main broadcasts when my Bulls were on ESPN/TNT, but nowadays I still to Neil Funk/Stacey King....not because they're great (I do think King is hilariuos and that Funk has a great voice), but Neil can't see, and Stacey at times gets way too critical of really good players ont he other team and forgets when our players do the same thing.

I remember a few games this year Danny Granger came down and shot a 3 pt shot at the 24 second buzzer and missed, and King would go on and on about his bad shots--forgettign that it was a need as the clock expired, and then Deng would come down and shoot a 20 ft jumper with no rebounders around and make it, and King would be like, see he misses a [desperation shot he needed to make because the shot clock expired] and Luol makes him pay [by taking a contested 20 ft jumper that while he can hit wasn't really a smart play because there were no rebounders around and the Pacers were about to get back, but he got lucky).

Neil Funk though constantly can't see, but man he's great on the radio.....

Still anyway, Get Mark Jackson off the airwaves...

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2010 10:58 am

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

Jackson quit the Nets TV-team to concentrate on his music interests in the LA area.  Why would he want to come back to Newark next year?  Jackson is a little stubbborn and will make a Larry Brownish type coach towards his player.  Also, he still has not outside shot and can't guard anyone.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2010 9:16 am

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

Epiphany is right on the money...he's the best thing ESPN has going for them NBA wise...but it's time to hold down the sidelines and I hope he's sucessful..I think the Clippers would be the more attractive choice if Donald Sterling didn't own them...that siad, he'll have plenty time to rework the Nets and a better chance of making the playoffs/impact in the Eastern Conference...Along with the Atlantic division being the weakest in the NBA, he could win a division champonship in his 2nd year because the Celtics are old, the 76ers have no identity whatsoever, the Knicks are the Knicks, and the Raptors will probably lose Chris Bosh...

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2010 8:01 pm

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

If Jackson goes to the Pacers, who have no opening by the way, but why would that stop him from pursuing somebody's job(?), Larry Bird better be watching his back for the well-honed Jackson shiv between the shoulder blades.  Just ask some former teammates in citities like Salt Lake, etc... 

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2010 6:56 pm

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

Probably the Nets, but maybe not the Clippers............still a few guys that can beat you.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2010 5:07 pm

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

If Jackson gets picked up by the Clipper or Nets he will still be waiting for his first head coaching job in the NBA!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 4:56 pm

Jackson could be on radar for Clips, Nets

you couldn't be more wrong.  As bad as the clips or nets are, they would BLOW any college team out of the water.

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