According to David Aldridge at NBA.com, ABC/ESPN analyst is the frontrunner for the Golden State Warriors’ head coaching position.
Update: Mark Jackson is named the new head coach of the Warriors.
At Golden State, Jackson is in the lead, according to a league source, having interviewed twice, the second time with owner Joe Lacob. Lacob has also conducted interviews with Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and was believed to have conducted the Malone interview Sunday. Those two trail Jackson at the moment. But former Lakers assistant and Oakland native Brian Shaw and Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, though trailing the others, are not out of the mix. Shaw has yet to get a first interview set up by Golden State. Normally that would be telling, but Shaw’s camp is allowing for the possibility that the Harvard MBA educated-Lacob, a creature of venture capital and Silicon Valley, may think differently and may have a more unorthodox method to his coaching search madness than the norm.
Will Jackson make a good coach? Who knows, because he has never coached. Anywhere. Not as a head coach, not as an assistant.
On the other hand, Budenholzer is one of the San Antonio’s top assistant coach. And Brian Shaw has been a long time assistant to Phil Jackson.
Lacob is clearly thinking out of the box here, he could choose someone who is not proven but could turn out to be a good head coach or he could pick one of the proven coaches in the league just to be on the safe side.
If Golden State goes with Jackson, then Budenholzer stays with the Spurs and that will be good news in San Antonio.
At the moment, it looks like Golden State is leaning towards hiring Jackson. For San Antonio’s sake let’s hope it stays that way.