Friday, June 19th, 2009 at 3:07 am  |  53 responses

Mark Jackson to Coach Minnesota?

by Ben Osborne

Pro Basketball News is reporting that Mark Jackson is going to be named the new head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Multiple sources have told Pro Basketball News that Mark Jackson has emerged as the leading candidate for the position and will wind up with his first coaching gig.

Jackson, 44, has worked as a lead analysts on broadcasts for ESPN/ABC since 2007 and was linked to the New York Knicks opening filled by Mike D’Antoni last offseason. He’s made no secret of his desire to coach in the NBA, telling reporters in L.A. just last week that it’s “been a dream of mine, like anyone who’s ever played the point guard position and has been the extension of the coach on the floor. I’ve been tempted to run a show my entire life.”

Given the utmost confidence I have in Mark, arguably the biggest overachiever in NBA history, we may not be calling them the “L-Wolves” much longer.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Mr.GOODE


  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Poor Mike Breen, as Game 5 wound down he practically begged Jax and JVG NOT to go back into coaching and to come back to the booth next season… Both Mark and Jeff just gave him a tired smile (guess negotiations were already (in the final stages)…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Mr.GOODE, Mark brings out the best in me.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    I have this sneaky feeling that Mark’s gonna be a very good Headcoach… after the initial up’s and down’s of a newbie in that position.. he seems to really understand the game from all aspects, and listening to him explain B-Ball is nice

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    I concur: Mark’s gonna be a good Coach (after the initial ups and downs of a Newbie Nba Coach). Call it intuition.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    aww geez, slam server probs. are killing me.

  • http://fjdkslf.com Jukai

    He may be a great coach, but uhm… they’ll be the L-Wolves until they get talent.

  • The Cool

    Al jefferson’s got game

  • The Cool

    and cue the do*che who was on Telfair’s nuts, trying to convince everyone he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Watch the pleasant language, The Cool. Not sure I get who you’re aiming at.

  • Word of God

    Let’s see, a novice GM hires Jackson who has never coached. Yea, the recipe for success?

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    no way, no way. You get rid of McHale for Jackson? yikes. I really don’t think he can make a good NBA coach. Listening to him throughout these playoffs makes me think this. no way. but i hope he gets the job so i can see him fail

  • Hubert

    Is JVG not interested in the position? I believe he is way better than Mark Jackson when it comes to coaching and holding on to opposing players’ legs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Great great great news for the woofies. Thanks for the heads up

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I’d like to see this happen. Mark Jackson should at least be able to give some nice post-game interviews.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Aww man! I’m gonna miss Mark and Jeff and Mike doing the play-by-plays. I’m happy for him if that’s what he wants, but I sure will miss him on air.

  • WhaHuh

    mama there goes that man

  • jumpman3224

    I hope this happens, as much as I like the play by play crew he analyzes more like a coach than anyone when doing a game and deserves a chance!

  • Czar Ruke

    Well I feel like a horse’s a$$ for my Mark Jackson comments. I still see him putting in 2 years for a bad team and then get fired for not making the playoffs. Of course, talent will be a huge factor.

  • Czar Ruke

    This will be more of a D-League job for him I guess. Then maybe sign with a quality franchise.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Will Troy become the new mascot, or is the international and1 thing too good to pass up? If Telfair doesn’t fair well(ha ha) he could pull a Bill Russell and be player/coach!

  • Babygab

    Every body in here can suck my D_ck

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Anthing to get Jackson off of the airwaves would be appreciated by me!

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Of course this is the same site that said the Cavs were firing Mike Brown…

  • http://slamonline.com B. Long

    Good for Mark. Lets just hope his New York point guard bias doesn’t keep Sebastian starting when he shouldn’t be. MIKE MILLER! YOUR BETTER THAN THAT!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Good for Mark, as B. Long said. I have faith that he’d be a good coach, but I’d miss his analysis on TV. But his basketball IQ is unquestionably above average.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Why the hell are you guys up at 3 am???!

  • http://www.unitedplayersofamerica.com John Delaware

    I’m in Minneapolis, and Mark Jackson would be good for the Timberwolves and the city of Minneapolis. Mark has a calm demeanor, I think he has potential. Now, how are the Twolves going to handle this draft is the question?

    If they keep the number 6 pick, I expect them to draft Tyreke Evans or Jonny Flynn. I think Randy Foye will be traded on draft day.

  • Babygab

    I’m happy for Mark but I’m gonna miss the broadcasting Jeff/Mark combo !!!! Good luck my man !!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS


  • riggs

    im going to wait til the wolves start losing again and see how long it takes for people to burn mark at the stake.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Mama there goes that man’s enjoyment of work.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Good luck Mark! You da magician!

  • niQ

    This almost GUARANTEES the Wolves in getting a Point Guard. Mark is starting fresh with a fresh new point guard.

  • Luke


  • Phil

    Mark Jackson stinks as a broadcaster so he might as well try coaching.

  • http://crashwallace.org nate the great

    im interested in who they would trade, and who they get.
    i hear the phionex and suns might trade bigs.

  • Josh D

    They should get Charles Barkley to coach a NBA Team

  • niQ

    the phoenix and suns might trade bigs huh? with themselves? :P

  • The Cool

    My bad Ben, i just remember some guy who wouldn’t calm down about telfair on here a while back, i think his name was ‘usa4life’ or something close, either way, he was very unpopular

  • Bostonballer

    I haven’t read the article or any of the comments yet. I just have to say that if Action Jackson wants to coach I’d stand behind him. Any team needing a coach (especially one with a young talented team)would be crazy not to give him a chance. A four year contract atleast b/c it takes time to mold a team and get them going in the right direction.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    He would have a play called “Mama there goes that man.” Boy it would be awesome to hear him on the white-clip-board gestating to each position and their cuts with only those words. Mama-> there goes(cutter sharpie swipe)->That man(3 pt corner kick out). After the successful play he would point to the 3pt hitter. “Mama there goes that man! That man!” while they get back to the huddle and get daps for the job well done.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    He was however bold enough to point out Kobe should have been called for an offensive foul elbow while Stan and Breen of course slunk in their seats worrying about big brother over their shoulders. Who’s the underdog Point general who will be molded in his image on their roster?

  • Airswade

    At least we won’t have to listen to him suckin’ Kobe off in the booth.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    This is hilarious

  • http://and1.com styliztik_jones

    The T-Wolves are going to be great, just watch. Most of those young guys on the team were able to watch Mark Jackson play with the Pacers, as oppose to Kevin McHale, who they only saw through video footage. Will Escalade join him in the coaching staff?

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick


    “Ummm…man down?”


  • Saku 39

    I don’t understand why there is such a high demand for him to be a coach. At this point I just don’t know if he’ll be good or not.

    His playing experience definitely makes him qualified but I never thought his commentary was all that insightful.

    Plus, you know that teaching defense won’t be his strong suit.

  • http://nba.com Daniel

    f is for ferendship and flying and free G is for good as good friends ought to be whats after G and then comes before I H is harold
    way up in the sky lets sing about harold our friend in the air up in the ciouds he can see eveywhere Patrollor the island on eye in the sky a friend to all engines and so that is why

  • http://nba.com Daniel

    Kobe byants basketball game is good

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    mark jackson…the next avery johnson?

  • Tom

    Mark Jackson is the most underrated point guard ever! He was a great player, great announcer, and now in time he will be a great coach. Wanted him for the Bulls job last year (although i love what Del Negro is doing)

  • Harlem_World

    Mark Jackson should have gone to Chi. Tom, you love what Del Negro is doing? Or Del Harris and the rest of his ‘assistants’? Del Negro lucked out with Rose and an always talented team who were underachieving. His coaching SUCKS. Give Chicago a decent coach and they are at least as good as ATL. Plus Mark Jackson coaching Rose only spells good things.