Warriors hire former Utah Jazz player Mark Jackson as head coach

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  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    June 8, 2011 6:40 p.m.

    If I were an owner or GM this man wouldn't be hired as a ball boy!

  • Pasta Cedar City, Ut
    June 8, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    This is great! Now we don't have to hear the hypocrite talk about "selling the flop" and then hear him call out players for "flopping", worst announcer ever!! Whatever happened to Marv Albert doing the Finals games, Good Riddance Mark Jackson!

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    June 7, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    serves GS right for hiring this clown, too bad the writer of this story is so mis-informed about what kind of a player and "leader" Jackson was.

    He will make Isaiah Thomas look like a good coach, I can't imagine he'll take any of the blame when his team is horrible.

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    June 7, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    "He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league...."
    Jerry Sloan and John Stockton must be shaking their heads right now. Mark Jackson seems to talk a good game. Sounds like he's playing a new, inexperienced ownership group who do not know enough to see through him.

    Let's hope the Warriors are bad, but not too bad next year. I believe they keep their first round pick if it's top 7 and Jazz get it if it's 8 or higher. Come on, Jackson- shoot for 8th worst record in the league! If so, that would be four players taken in the top 10 in exchange for D Will.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    June 7, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    I was elated when I heard the news of Mark Jackson becoming the new Warriors coach! Why? Because I don't have to mute the the NBA games he does on ESPN anymore. The babble of "if I was this guy or that guy, I would do this" got tired.

    I have long wondered how some fall under Jackson's spell. Apparently the Warriors owner has taken the call from "The Point God" (as he used to be called in NYC) for his know it all attitude.

    How does the GS owner think Mark Jackson "epitomizes leadership" anyway? Jackson tried to divide the locker room against Stockton when he was here in Utah. Knicks fans in large numbers thought he was a clown so to speak back in the early 90's. And recently, he had been the most egocentric commentator I think I have ever listened to.

    We will see what Mark does at Golden State. It's not that I wish to condemn the guy, but I certainly will not miss him on ESPN with Van Gundy anymore.

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    June 7, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    I, too, am glad that he won't be doing the TV broadcasts any more. His commentary style makes me crazy and groan. But I wish him well in his new coaching gig, as long as they don't interview him very much during/after games. I try not to hold grudges, but I remember how much locker room tension he caused while here. At least that was the rumor floating around. Don't mess with my Jazzboys!!

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    June 7, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Jackson probably does not effect the Jazz a whole lot. GS is not likely to make the playoffs and they are not likely to be one of the 7 worst teams in the league. The Jazz should get a good pick next year.

    This year the Jazz have a great choice. They can take Kanter who is likely to be better than AJ and Millsap and a lot cheaper or they can take Knight who is going to be better than Harris. One of AJ, Millsap and Harris can be involved in a trade that brings back another lotto pick and other consideration. The Jazz do not have to trade any of the above for a couple of years to let the rookies develop.

    The Jazz can draft for need or take the BPA at 12. Jimmer may become better than Harris (different style) or they could get another shooter.

    The Jazz are in a good situation. They have good options at 3 and should get good value at 12. They will get better and less expensive in the long run.

    The biggest need is at SF as AK is not likely back.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    June 7, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    I must have been thinking about another Mark Jackson.

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    June 7, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    Jackson tried to divide the locker room when he was here. He tried to convince the other players that the team would be better if he was the starter and stockton was put on the bench. Thats blasephmy around here.

    His commentary is arrogant. If only charles barkley could do every game......

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    June 7, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    I hope Jackson the best as a coach. The longer he stays out of the broadcast booth, the happier I will be. I'm sick of his constant preaching, plus he does both things that a color commentator should not do: 1) Verbal replays, and 2) Try to convince us that we viewers didn't see what we saw. He's like a real estate agent who walks into the kitchen and says, "This is the kitchen," and then walks into the master bedroom and says, "This is the living room."

  • COOL HAND LUKE Old Ephraims Grave, UT
    June 7, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    @ Doctor J I couldn't agree more! I've been turning the sound WAY down on the finals games, his commentary is so bad and so biast. F.Y.I. Mark Jackson, don't go into officiating either, even with instant replay, you can't get a call right!

  • Craig Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2011 7:08 a.m.

    He was a cancer in the Jazz locker room. How is that showing leadership skills?

  • Doctor J Manti, UT
    June 7, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    I am so glad Mark Jackson was hired to coach!

    Now I will not have to hear him spewing about how wonderful he was/is on ESPN & ABC broadcasts. He is one of the worst announcers of all-time!

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 7, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    He'd do good...don't underestimate him...he may be a rookie coach...but everyone has to start as a rookie coach...

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    June 7, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    P.S. I hope Mark has a successful coaching career. I remember him being basketball smart, a pretty darn good player, and a nice guy.

    Too bad the Jazz couldn't make hay when they had him as the backup PG, which was the Jazz weakness for so many years.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    June 7, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    Could the Jazz get lucky in the lottery again?

    Probably not, unless there's a shortened season, not allowing the new coach to turn the team around to his style.

    What happens to that pick (position-wise) if there ends up being no NBA season at all?

    What happens to this year's picks? Do they have to sign a contract before even knowing if there'll be a season?

    I haven't seen anything on these issues.

  • Large Tuna Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    "Give him credit!" Good, now we don't have to listen to him commentate next season.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    June 6, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    I hope he finishes with the 8th worst record in the league.

  • Wiley Old School RIC, VA
    June 6, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    Wow... going with a rookie coach. Perhaps this is just a strategy to prevent Utah from getting Golden State's 2012 first round draft pick (top seven protected)...