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Jackson to Replace McHale in Minnesota?

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  NBA Commentator Mark Jackson arrives at the Black Enterprises Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers Celebration at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 21, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Nick GelsoCorrespondent IJune 19, 2009

Multiple sources, including Twolves Blog and The Boston Celtics News Station are reporting that new Minnesota President of Basketball Operations David Kahn is considering Mark Jackson as a replacement for Kevin McHale.

Kahn has gone on record as saying that he will not look for a replacement for McHale until after the June 25 draft but according to Twolves Blog, multiple sources have told Pro Basketball News that Jackson, 44, is the leading candidate for the position and will likely wind up taking McHale's place on the sidelines.

Mark Jackson told reporter's that coaching has been "a dream of mine, like anyone who's ever played the point guard position and has been the extension of the coach on the floor. I've been tempted to run a show my entire life."

Mark Jackson has been lead analyst on ESPN/ABC for two years. If his work in the broadcast booth has acted as any sort of resume for scouting talent, player comparisons, and general basketball knowledge, I would say Jackson should never coach. He absolutely makes me cringe every time he opens his mouth with his ridiculous comments and EA Sports sound bites.

It would be a fantastic trade if ESPN/ABC could ditch Jackson to the Timberwolves and Kevin McHale can take his spot on the broadcast team. McHale, who can be reclusive, actually has a very compelling personality and colorful sense of humor. Though his front office decisions have rarely been applauded, his knowledge of the game has never been questioned.

Unfortunately, it's unlikely that McHale would accept any broadcast position.

As far as Mark Jackson is concerned, Please accept the position so I can take my TV off of mute during NBA games on ESPN/ABC.

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