Mark Jackson: Coaching the Warriors ‘an Assignment from God’

by October 13, 2011

Grantland caught up with the Golden State Warriors’ new head coach, who claims that God sent him to run the team: “Have you been able to devote more time to the ministry because of the lockout? ‘My wife and I are co-pastors at a church in L.A., so it’s really been a blessing for me, being able to be with my wife and kids and being able to be with my church family. Right now I’m sitting in a hospital. My church was hit with tragedy. A mom is fighting for her life upstairs with burns all over her body, and a 9-year-old kid was killed in the crash. The dad called me and, thankfully, I was 30 seconds away and able to be there. It’s extremely tough, but if there’s a season, I’m not there.’ Do you have to put your pastor duties aside once the NBA season starts? ‘I never put it aside. It’s a full-time call. My wife is the co-pastor, and I’m a man of tremendous faith. I believe that me being the head coach of the Golden State Warriors is an assignment from God. I look at it from both positions. The Bible says to whom much is given, much is required. So I don’t believe the pressures on me to perform both positions. Were you able to devote time to being a pastor when you were an analyst for ABC and ESPN? ‘I’ve done it every Sunday for the last two and a half years, with the exception of Sunday games on ABC and when there would be Sunday playoff games.'”