Mark Jackson Has Been Named Head Coach for the Golden State Warriors

Unfamiliar LuminaryContributor IIJune 6, 2011

The Golden State Warriors have named their 24th head coach in franchise history earlier in the day, choosing the 17-year NBA veteran Mark Jackson.  Jackson was one of the most versatile point guards in NBA history, and has been a broadcaster for the past few seasons for ESPN, ABC and the YES Network.  Many have figured that Mark Jackson would eventually become a head coach in this league, but it was unknown exactly when that would be.  The time is now, and Jackson seems as if he will be a great fit for the rising franchise of Golden State.

"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," said an excited Warriors general manager Larry Riley. At 46 years of age, the first-time coach will be making over $6 million dollars for a guaranteed three years, according to league sources.  

Not only is Jackson a great hire all-around, he will also be very valuable in the development of the young, smaller players such as Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Acie Law and Jeremy Lin.  

Throughout his 17-year career, Mark Jackson recorded 12,489 points, 10,334 assists and 1,608 steals.

Jackson expressed much excitement when talking about his first head coaching job:  "I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the organization during our meetings, beginning at the top with Joe Lacob and, of course, with Larry Riley, Bob Myers and Jerry West.  I have sensed that Joe is committed to winning and building a team and a culture the right way.  I think we all witnessed that with some of the recent front office additions, as well and some of the other positive things that have been done in recent months.  This is an incredible opportunity and I am honored and thank God that I have been chosen to be the next coach of the Warriors.  The Bay Area has always had some of the best fans in the NBA and I look forward to being a part of that incredible atmosphere at Oracle Arena, along with my wife, my kids and my church family, who are thrilled as well."

For Golden State's full press release regarding their new head coach hire go to their website.



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