MARK JACKSON, the calm, steady ESPN basketball analyst and word of reason during telecasts, has been named head coach of the Golden State Warriors, it was announced Monday.
Jackson played 17 years in the NBA for seven organizations, including the Knicks and Clippers twice. He replaces the fired Keith Smart, who finished the season with a 36-46 record after landing the head job from Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson a year ago.
Jackson finally gets his chance to coach and will certainly bring much needed leadership and accountability to the Warriors team next season. You can count on that. I wish him the best of luck in his new job.
We’ll certainly miss Action Jackson during ESPN telecasts, though. He and Jeff Van Gundy had a great chemistry and rapport together on the air. Hard to believe Van Gundy once coached Jackson. On the air, it often seemed like it was the other way around.