Mark Jackson: From The Booth To The Sidelines
It finally happened. After plenty of times interviewing for numerous jobs, former NBA player and current ESPN/ABC NBA basketball announcer Mark Jackson has finally landed an NBA head coaching gig. Jackson is the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Now Jackson was a talented player, but is he really ready for life as an NBA head coach?
This jump from player to the booth to head coach could go one of two ways. Jackson has vast knowledge of the game. After all, he was one of the best assist men of all-time and he also invented the “tear drop” shot before it was in style. But will he be able to transfer his knowledge into players like PG Stephen Curry? It will be interesting to see the influence that he will have on Curry because he will have to be counted on to carry out Jackson’s message.
Another key in the success or failures of Jackson will be the staff he hires around him. When Larry Bird became head coach in Indiana, he made sure to surround himself with great assistants who knew how to take control and allow Bird to be a facilitator and not the decision-maker. For Jackson to be the coach he wants to be, he must go out and get the best assistants possible. After all, he’s never coached in the NBA or at any level before.
Ultimately, the jury is still out on how Mark Jackson will do as a head coach. But one thing is for sure, if he’s able to take to his coaching like he has to analyzing, he will succeed as a coach in the NBA. I’m going to miss his patented phrase “Hand down, man down” but I can’t wait to see what happens when he touches down in the city by the bay and what kind of effect he has.