Jarrett Jack Says Mark Jackson Would Be Great Coach for Kyrie Irving and Cavs

Stephen BabbFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2014

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack certainly isn't the only one to express surprise over the Golden State Warriors' decision to fire head coach Mark Jackson. According to The Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer, Jack said, "I was really shocked by Coach Jackson being fired. ... His performance spoke for itself."

In fact, Jack has been so impressed by Jackson's results that he could see the newly minted ESPN analyst coaching the Cavs:

To be honest, I think he would be good anywhere. Being in our particular position, he'd obviously help a guy like Kyrie [Irving] being as he played the position. The type of person he is and the attitude he has, he demands certain things -- respect, discipline, togetherness. Those are three things that he definitely incorporates. That's the thing you can't measure in wins and losses.

Of course, the wins and losses suggest Jackson did a pretty good job, as well. He took the Warriors to two consecutive postseason appearances and tallied 51 wins this season. It remains to be seen whether new Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be an improvement, but he certainly has some shoes to fill.

Jackson has already begun his stint with ESPN after signing a multiyear deal with the network. But according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley, "Jackson's ESPN work is not believed to preclude him from taking a head-coaching job."

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It's hard to say whether the Cavaliers front office is in line with Jack's sentiment, but there certainly may be offers coming Jackson's way. ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne report that "sources say [Phil] Jackson has not ruled out a sit-down with Knicks fan favorite Mark Jackson."

Taking the Knicks gig would require some patience given the team's current disarray, but Mark Jackson proved during his stint with Golden State that he was not only willing to turn a team around, but also capable of doing so.

He would need to do the same were he to wind up with the Cavs. Cleveland finished the 2013-14 campaign with a disappointing 33-49 record. Despite promising pieces such as Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, the organization has struggled to gain any traction. It recently fired head coach Mike Brown after just one season.

As Jack noted, Jackson would be especially valuable for point guard Kyrie Irving. In addition to having played the position, Jackson helped develop Stephen Curry into an All-Star.

Jackson's penchant for coaching floor generals stems in large part from the fact that he played the position without elite speed or athleticism. That forced Jackson to develop his game IQ and manage games with skill rather than sheer natural talent.

Jackson played in the NBA from 1987 to 2004. His longest stints were with the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers.