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Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson reacts to Knicks hiring Tom Thibodeau

Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson reacts to Knicks hiring Tom Thibodeau

Mark Jackson -- a native of the Big Apple -- was drafted by the New York Knicks with the No. 18 overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft.

The former Warriors coach played six full seasons (plus part of the 2000-01 campaign) with the organization, and represented the Knicks in the 1989 NBA All-Star Game.

Although he was rumored to be a candidate to become the franchise's next coach, Tom Thibodeau got the job.

"He will establish a culture of hard work (and) discipline. Great hire for the Knicks," Jackson said on ESPN's show "First Take" Thursday morning. "I wish them nothing but the very best."

Stephen A. Smith then asked the current NBA TV analyst for his thoughts about potentially getting another NBA head-coaching job in the future.

"Coaching the Golden State Warriors for three years -- had the time of my life," Jackson said. "Relationships that will last a lifetime. (We) turned things around and had tremendous success. I look forward to the next opportunity of me being a head coach in this league once again.

"I really am excited about the opportunity of having the chance to lead another franchise -- either turn things around or keep (things) on the same track and give us a chance to win it all.

"I look forward to that day. But I'm not a guy that's gonna go crazy waiting for an opportunity."

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That chance just might come with the Brooklyn Nets, who parted ways with Kenny Atkinson in early March and replaced him with assistant coach Jacque Vaughn.

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If the Nets determine Vaughn is not the man for the job long term, Jackson (who grew up in Brooklyn) could end up getting the call. Don't forget that he is close with Rich Kleiman, who is Kevin Durant's business partner and close friend.

This definitely is a story to follow in the coming weeks and months.

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Ex-Warrior David West explains why he ripped Knicks' Tom Thibodeau hire

Ex-Warrior David West explains why he ripped Knicks' Tom Thibodeau hire

Former Warriors big man David West took to Twitter over the weekend to voice his displeasure with the news that the New York Knicks were close to hiring Tom Thibodeau as the franchise's next head coach.

But there's only so much you can express in a tweet (or several). 

So the two-time NBA champion detailed his thoughts in a conversation with The Athletic's Sam Amick on the "Tampering" podcast.

“My thing with the Knicks hire is I saw competing against the [Minnesota] Timberwolves (when Thibodeau was their coach), anybody that’s honest with you, they saw the way that that situation had deteriorated," West explained. "And the optics of that situation, in my opinion, were like, ‘Oh yeah, it’s over over there. Like, they’re done.’ We went to China with that crew (during the 2017 preseason), and played two games against them, and it’s like, ‘Yo.’ The guys weren’t responding, and I’m like, ‘Man, this is preseason. We ain’t even got to the league yet, and these guys aren’t responding.’

"So from that perspective, and then looking at what the Knicks are -- that’s a young team, they’ve got a lot of young (players) who I feel, (are) young, talented guys there. I just wasn’t a fan of bringing in that style for them. I thought that there are coaches who haven’t gotten these types of opportunities.

"And the Knicks job, I think, is a big job, regardless of the state of the franchise. It’s still the Knicks. I just thought that they could have gone in a ... different direction and brought in somebody young who could probably relate to the players better. You can ask guys. Anybody who witnessed that mess at Minnesota will tell you ... it wasn’t on the players. That’s all I’ll say.”

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West -- who is very active in the fight for racial justice and carries an extremely important voice -- wants to see more Black men receive head-coach opportunities in the NBA.

He is using his platform in the attempt to enact real, meaningful change.

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"I got a bunch of texts from Black coaches over the last couple of days saying, ‘Man, thank you for what you said on Twitter,' " West told Amick. "Obviously some of those guys aren’t in a position to articulate things that I can say, but I know that that sentiment exists amongst them.

"The opportunities to fail, and then get another chance, are few and far between for Black coaches. And we know that if you’re an executive, you’ve got to be damn near perfect, right?”

Ex-Warriors head coach Mark Jackson is somebody West believes deserves another gig. Andre Iguodala is of the belief that his former coach has been blackballed by the NBA, but Jackson is confident he will be an NBA head coach again.

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David West upset Knicks are reportedly hiring Tom Thibodeau as coach

David West upset Knicks are reportedly hiring Tom Thibodeau as coach

Tom Thibodeau has been fired by two NBA teams in the last five years.

But once again, Thibodeau will get another job as the Knicks are finalizing a five-year contract with the former Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves coach, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday, citing sources.

The news that Thibodeau is getting another chance to coach a team didn't sit well with former Warriors big man David West.

When former NBA center Kendrick Perkins tweeted that Thibodeau was a great hire for the Knicks, West disagreed.

Thibodeau tends to be tough on his players, which doesn't sit well with some. West took that a step further by saying Thibodeau "destroys" players.

West also pointed out three Black coaches, including former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, either haven't gotten a first or second chance to coach in NBA.

While Jackson didn't win any NBA titles with the Warriors, he is credited with laying the foundation for Golden State's dynasty. Current coach Steve Kerr often makes a point of crediting Jackson for what he did with the Warriors. But since being let go by the Warriors after the 2013-14 season, Jackson hasn't gotten another head coaching opportunity. He has spent the last few years as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

Lue won an NBA title while coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers and went to two more NBA Finals. But after being fired by the Cavs early in the 2018-19 season, Lue didn't get hired by another team. This season, he has been an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ewing was a superstar with the Knicks, has been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and currently serves as the head coach for the Georgetown Men's Basketball team. In three seasons, he's 49-46.

Wojnarowski reported that two assistant coaches -- Dallas Mavericks' Jamahl Mosley and San Antonio Spurs' Will Hardy -- made "strong impressions" on the Knicks front office, but ultimately didn't get the job.

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The Knicks are a young team looking for someone to build a foundation for success. And in New York, a first-time head coach could be overwhelmed by the media coverage and expectation, so in that sense, picking Thibodeau over Mosley, Hardy and Ewing makes sense.

But picking Thibodeau over Lue or Jackson, who have had success at the NBA level, seems like an odd choice.

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