Ex-Knick Mark Jackson Gets the Warriors Coaching Job

Congratulations to ex-New York Knick point guard Mark Jackson on getting the Golden State Warriors head coaching vacancy. On Monday night Jackson, 46, agreed to a 3 year 6 million dollar contract. Few remember Jackson was actually a rumored as a candidate to fill the Knicks vacancy in 2008 before Mike D’Antoni was hired. Jackson has some talented pieces with Golden State including a few players with ties to the Knicks. Steph Curry would have been our point guard if we had gotten the 6th pick rather than the 7th (which we used to select Jordan Hill) and we traded David Lee to Golden State last off-season. The interesting thing about Jackson is that he’s never been an assistant coach before much less a head coach so personally, I question his resume for the job. While he is very basketball knowledgeable, it will be interesting how he handles adversity when it rears its ugly head. The one thing he has going for him is that he’s going to be a players coach. He was a player, he gets players, they’ll respect him. That is very important in today’s NBA. While some are questioning the decision to hire Jackson, I believe he will do at least a decent job but I have a feeling that he’s going to be successful in Golden State. Either way, the team by the bay just got much more interesting. They have holes a plenty on that team and there’s been a lot of talk about splitting up Monta Ellis and Steph Curry, two undersized guards who both struggle on the defensive end of the floor. I just have a feeling that Jackson is going to be a success at Golden State but only time will tell. For the meantime, I say congrats Mark Jackson and I’m interested to see his personel moves going forward this offseason.

Update: Hornets assistant Mike Malone is expected to become top assistant with the Warriors. He will be offered an “extremely lucrative” deal to join GSW instead of Mike Brown’s Lakers staff.

Update 2: Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Malone has now agreed to join Mark Jackson’s staff with the Warriors as Jackson’s top aide.

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Knicks to Work Out 6 Players Tuesday

According to Tommy Dee the Knicks will be working out the following players on Tuesday June 7.

Norris Cole, G, 6-2, 170, Cleveland State, senior

Gary Flowers, F, 6-8, 214, Southern Mississippi, senior

Josh Harrellson, F, 6-10, 275, Kentucky, senior

Demetri McCamey, G, 6-3, 205, Illinois, senior

Malcolm Thomas, F, 6-9, 220, San Diego State, senior

Nikola Vucevic, F, 6-10, 240, Southern California, junior

Cole is a point guard from Cleveland State that quietly averaged 21 points a game last season. I like this guy in that he’s not overly athletic but he’s got a good basketball IQ and he’s a good shooter. I think he could be a steal in the early 2nd round. I don’t like Gary Flowers. He’s a tweener, he has to add size and he’s had off court issues. I don’t think he’ll be drafted but you never know. I really like Josh Harrellson, he reminds me of Josh McRoberts from Indiana. I would definitely condone the Knicks purchasing his rights in the 2nd round. He’s a good rebounder and a great energy guy. He’s the kind of Nick Collison type player that I think every team needs. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes. Demetri McCamey is a big point guard that is somewhat raw but he’s got the frame to at least be an excellent defender if not a good point guard in the NBA. He has a lot of range on his jump shot but he’s not a great athlete. He’ll probably be a 2nd round pick, I assume around the 45-50th selection. I like Malcolm Thomas a lot. While he’s undersized at 6-9, he’s got a 7’1 wingspan and a really good motor. He’s almost tailor made for what the Knicks need. He’s a great defender, a great athlete, and a very solid rebounder. His scoring is decent although he has a weak jump shot. He’d be another great player for the Knicks to acquire in the 2nd round if the price is right.

If I was picking for New York with the 17th selection, I would take a long hard look at Nikola Vucevic from USC. ESPN has him listed as a 7 footer with a 7’5 wingspan. He reminds me a lot of Andrea Bargnani except that he’s also a good rebounder and defender as well. He really came into his own last season averaging 17 ppg and 10 boards. I think he’d be a real nice fit either coming off the bench or next to Stoudemire in the starting lineup. At 260 pounds, I believe he has the size to play center and his toughness in the post will come with time.