The “San Jose Mercury News” reported Monday night that the Golden State Warriors have named former NBA point guard and current ABC/ESPN broadcaster to become the team’s next head coach. The Warriors released a statement Monday evening announcing the hiring and will formally introduce him at a press conference next week. Jackson replaces former coach Keith Smart who was fired by Golden State in late April.
Jackson played 17 seasons during his career in the Association having stints with seven different teams. The former guard played for the New York Knicks, the Indiana Pacers, the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Toronto Raptors, the Utah Jazz as well as the Houston Rockets. He is third all time in assists in the NBA as he averaged 10.334 per contest trailing just John Stockton and Jason Kidd.
Jackson’s name has come up as a candidate for coaching vacancies over the past couple of seasons but none of the previous conversations led to him being hired. He has never been a coach at any level however he was a strong leader on the floor during his playing days. He also has displayed his knowledge of the game in his role as a game analyst; which most likely led to the Warriors interest in him. Golden State finished the regular season with a record of 36-46; ten games behind the Memphis Grizzlies who were the eighth seed in the Western Conference.