Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 9:37 pm  |  36 responses

Warriors Name Mark Jackson Head Coach

by Ryne Nelson

It’s about time. Mark Jackson is officially moving from the announcing booth to the sidelines as an NBA head coach.

The contract reportedly has three years guaranteed, with team option for the fourth. He’ll make $6 million-plus, league sources say.

Warriors execs Larry Riley and Joe Lacob had this to say about the 17-year vet and 24th head coach in Warriors franchise history:

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. 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.”

Warriors’ Owner Joe Lacob: “We are tremendously excited about the addition of Mark Jackson as our new head coach. 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.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Good Luck! We’ll miss you arguing with JVG.

  • Flash

    Love this move as a GSW fan. Jackson has the charisma to lead a locker room and he’s an ideal mentor for Stephen Curry. Now we just need the right Xs and Os people in charge.

    Nice to see Lacob and his brain trust aren’t afraid to think big and gamble.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    hmmm…..I’ve always wanted Mark Jackson to get a head coaching position…but this one in particular I wanted for Brian Shaw….well, whatever, best of luck boy!

  • http://www.slamonline.com blackvictory23

    Mama, there goes that man. Good luck Mark!!!!

  • thecomputerdude

    Word! I agree with Rick, I would have like to have seen B Shaw get the gig. Congrats to Mark Jax

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  • Lan

    hope he does a dance after a succesful play! go Turtle!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Whoa! Nice job, Mark. Best of luck.

  • Will Lee

    time for Van Gundy to get a job as Mchale and MJ both are coaching now. I would take JVG anyday over Brown if I were Buss

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    But now who’s going to deliver the emphatic one-liners during the slow-mo replay rolling into commercial break!?!

  • http://slamonline.com JJAkroyd

    Aw man, now we are stuck with Van Gundy still commentating? Send him somewhere please…

  • Jay Cutler

    Momma.. there goes that man.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Clay

    MAMA there goes that man!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yep, I can see JVG getting back on the bench without Jackson around. Hopefully in Toronto or Minnesota where he can mould a young team.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Now, that’s a GROWN MAN MOVE.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    You know the rules…HANDS DOWN…MAN DOWN!

  • Jose

    Looks like it’s Time to call in the Big Sportscaster.

  • al29

    I wonder if he will shout his famous slogans everytime an opposing team dominates the Warriors on a possession. “Momma, there goes that man… beating my team’s defenseless ass.”

  • fruizm

    ahhh i wanted to say “mama there goes that man” so bad before any of you…thats what i get for not being FIRST.

  • harrry leong

    im shocked, what is a no experience pro coach doing coaching a pro team asst ok not head coach of a pro team. didn’t the owner want an
    experience coach?

  • S_kemp

    deserves a big pay day. THose old guys from the 80s must be wishing they had been playing in these days of 100mil contracts to arenas,rashard lewis etc, jax was good enoguh for a big pay day! love the guy-good luck!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Congrats on finally getting that coaching gig!

  • johnny boi

    Im a huge fan of the Warriors. This is a great move because Mark Jackson is arguebly one of the the greatest true point guards to ever play. Having his experience can greatly help players such as: Ellis, Cuury and Lin. I hope they don’t trade Ellis away either. Just imagine that offense line with Monta and Curry at the one and two, and Lin at the six, coming off the bench to provide a huge spark

  • SikhWitIt

    Great move! Warriors are going place y’all! They will be in the playoffs next year; you heard it here first!

  • SikhWitIt

    Now, is Brian Shaw going to stay in L.A.? Or is someone going to offer the man a job?

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Milk Carton: Ben Osborne.


    Good luck to Mark Jackson man.

  • rich

    lots of players in gstate have their hand down lets hope he can fix it

  • Red Star

    I’ll miss hearing “hand down, man down” and “that’s a grown man move young fella”. One of my favorite commentators ever!

  • kiwi_intheUK

    grown MAN play

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    @Michael NZ: hysterical! I exchanged texts w Mark last night and tweeted up a storm. On road w only my bberry so a little hard to comment. But here I am. I am ecstatic for Mark. He is incredibly smart and a very hard worker (how else would a lightly recruited, unathletic guard who was considered the 4th-best PG IN NEW YORK CITY in HS, behind Kenny Smith, Pearl Washington and Kenny Hutchinson become #2 all-time in NBA assists). The W’s roster needs some work but if Mark is given some good pieces and three years he will be a huge success. On a personal level I want to shout out all the people who blew me up w texts, emails and tweets last night. I appreciate it. And for those of you who don’t even understand my excitement, please check Mark’s page on basketballreference for a little background.

  • Brahsef

    Welcome to the team Jackson. And convince the upper management not to trade Ellis. The Warriors have this habit of always giving up their best player for lesser players that don’t pan out. Lets not make the same mistake again! Keep Ellis and add depth

  • MikeC.

    I’m just glad he’s out of the broadcasting booth. Good knowledge of the game, but I’m sure tired of his forced catch-phrases. Nowhere near as bad as Chuck Swirsky, but still a little too much.

  • http://weaksideawareness.wordpress.com/ wiLQ

    Mark Jackson’s leadership skills as a player more than outweighed his lack of coaching experience?
    Here’s a look at other coaches who became head coaches without previous experience:

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s interesting that so many people are fans of Jackson.
    But I am happy he got to realize his dream.

  • 978_Lawrence

    damn the best in game commentator is gone now no more you know the rules hands down…man down….