Warriors Name Mark Jackson Head Coach

by June 06, 2011

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.”