Friday, March 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  28 responses

Nets, Clippers Interested in Mark Jackson?

CBS Sports speculates that both the Clips and Nets may want “Action” Jackson to join their coaching ranks: “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.”

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  • Randy Brown

    If it keeps him away from commentary I’m all for it. “Hand down, man down” x10000

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Finally a chance!

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    I hope he does the shimmy after every win!

  • Michael Scorn

    Bill Simmons

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Will also be a major candidate at St John’s if he wants to deal with recruiting. He would have been better than Dantoni, better than Rambis, and he will be a great fit in NY, LA, Queens or wherever else. One of smartest basketball minds ever.

  • albie1kenobi

    Him and JVG are the best announcing tandem there is. I hope he stays there. TNT please fire Reggie.

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

    I think Ken Berger’s “source” is a post by Peter Vescey, which doesn’t mean a thing. I highly doubt soon to be Nets owner will hire, with all due respect, a coach with no experience.

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

    meaning Prokhorov of course.

  • LA Huey

    Mama, there goes that man!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @Gerard, I think Vecsey is as good a source on Net coaching rumors as anyone. And if Doc Rivers was good enough to get plum jobs with no experience, why wouldn’t Mark be?

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

    Hey Ben. Well, I read a lot of my Nets news on Netsdaily, and Vescey… well, I don’t know what to say about this guy. Anyway: Mikhael Prohorov want to make a huge splash. The guy has an ego and wants to win. Of course it means building a team, and he understand that’s too, but from what I’ve read so far, it’s a fair guess that he’s looking for a proven coach. I think we should think along the lines of a Avery Johnson or JVG. Mark Jackson could be a good coach one day, but I really doubt he’ll start his career with the Nets. Indiana? Maybe.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I just read the first sentence of this story. I thought Bobby was “action’ Jackson?

  • http://www.twitter.com/retepadam Peter Nygaard

    I think they got things a little mixed up.

    Turns out the Nets actually wanted to pick up Mark Jackson as their starting PG while Devin Harris is injured.

  • AL29

    @Ben: Doc Rivers had experience coaching Orlando under reconstruction (hardly a plum job) before coming to coach Boston’s youth movement (another non-plum job). I thought he Clippers were going to try to land Lebron. You won’t land anyone with Mark Jackson coaching.

    Why won’t somebody hire Avery Johnson, a proven success?

    ESPN: Please fire Reggie, Cheryl, JVG and Mark Jackson.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @AL29 Orlando was under construction for a year before they were going to be signing All-Stars (which they did in Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady). Doc was brought in to be there for the whole process, which actually made it potentially one of the best jobs in the League (get your feet wet for a year, establish yourself, and then enjoy coaching two of the best players in the League). It was actually a GREAT gig, undone only by T-Mac and GH’s injury problems. It’s what the Knicks should’ve done with Mark: let him learn the ropes for two years and be part of rebuilding with LeBron or whoever. Instead Knick fans get D’Antoni and his arrogance.

  • Stillballin

    Move out of the way,cuz he wanna dance..

  • Michael Scorn

    I’m pretty sure his team will get real tired of his “Kobe Bryant will go down as a better player than Michael Jordan” soapbox.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    welcome to your kodak moment jackson! now get rid of miller…

  • Justin

    Anyone who says “Kobe Bryant will go down as a better player than Michael Jordan” doesn’t deserve to be coaching any NBA, college, high school, or grade school team and should definitely be fired on the spot from announcing. Take Reggie Miller with him

  • Michael Scorn

    He should coach. Anything that gets him out of announcing, i’m all for it.

  • Sparty’s Law

    I always used to think he would make a great coach. Then I got subjected to listening to him talk every week or so, now I’m not so sure.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    FINALLY! He deserves it, definitely.
    And JVG and Mark Jackson are awesome announcers, ya’ll need to chill.

  • Casey Jacobsen

    Coaching an NBA team is a lot different than playing or announcing, in my opinion. I’m surprised Marc doesn’t want to become an assistant first. That would seem like a logical step, but if he can be a head coach right now…I guess he should go for it.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    If he can be a head coach with no experience, then once he leaves ABC I’d like to replace him.

  • chintao

    Co-sign Ben Osborne on everything but a sub-prime mortgage.

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com/ ClutchPerformer

    Co-Sign Justin, to the Fullest,
    the guy is an idiot

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    There are a lot of potential coaches out there with experience – Avery, JVG, Mike Fratello etc. I’d def want Avery or JVG over Jackson but surprised neither of them have already landed a coaching job. Maybe neither Avery or JVG are interested in coaching again? I just think for either the Nets or Clips they need an experienced coach rather than a former player and announcer. If they can’t get a head coach then maybe an assistant coach from another team. I’m not sure what make Jackson so ‘qualified’.

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