Posted June 7, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Mark Jackson named Warriors coach


The Golden State Warriors have decided to pick former Knick and recent ABC ESPN analyst as their coach replacing Keith Smart on Monday. The deal is worth over $6 Million for three years with a team option for the fourth year. It will be his first coaching job with a new young up-and-coming team that last made the playoffs in 1994. Mark Jackson had a productive 17-year career with seven different teams: Knicks, Clippers, Pacers, Nuggets, Raptors, Jazz, and the Rockets. He made the playoffs 14 times, and ended his career third on the all-time assists list. Read the quotes, courtesy espn:

“I am really elated about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge of building the Warriors into a perennial contender,” Jackson said.

“He epitomized leadership as a player in this league for 17 seasons and we think that characteristic — and many other positive traits — will translate very well into his coaching duties with our young team,” owner Joe Lacob said in a statement. “He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league and we’re convinced that he is the right person to guide this team into the future and help us achieve the success that we are striving for as an organization.”

New Orleans Hornets’ assistant Michael Malone has agreed to serve as Jackson’s lead assistant, NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, after the Warriors made what one source described as a “generous” offer to Malone.

“It’s a good night for everybody up there,” new Warriors consultant Jerry West told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday night. “They’ve got one person (Jackson) and they’re going to get the other person (Malone).”

(info courtesy espn)