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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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NBA rumors: Steph Curry, league stars unlikely to play in Tokyo Games

NBA rumors: Steph Curry, league stars unlikely to play in Tokyo Games

Steph Curry has three NBA championship rings and two MVP trophies to his name, putting him in very exclusive company. But there's one thing he has yet to win that so many basketball players dream of, and it's sounding like he might not get the opportunity to check that box anytime soon.

Curry, of course, has never participated in the Olympics. He is a two-time FIBA World Cup gold medalist, but he ultimately sat out the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Team USA won gold.

Curry, Thompson and Green were all included among the 44 finalists for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team that was announced back in February, before the coronavirus pandemic brought the sports world to a screeching halt. There's no question that Curry in particular would be part of the 12-man group headed to the 2021 Tokyo Games if Team USA was sending its very best.

However, it's sounding like that won't be the case. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there is increasing skepticism about the NBA's elite players participating in the Olympics, due to the fact that the league has other priorities in hopes of playing a full season next year with fans in attendance.

"For now," Wojnarowski wrote Saturday, "here's one idea on the league's whiteboard, sources said: If the NBA believes it can significantly push back the start of the season to buy time on getting fans back into arenas, they've brainstormed the idea of a month-long Olympic break reminiscent of how the NHL has handled the Winter Olympics.

"As the pandemic rages on, there's less optimism about the elite players participating in the Olympics -- including Americans and international stars. The NBA and NBPA will take positions that the Games are important, but the Olympics are barely a priority for the owners -- especially when they don't share in the television revenue that originates from the inclusion of the league's superstars. Organizations see the wear and tear on players in whom they've invested hundreds of millions of dollars. Amid a pandemic, the Olympics mean even less to owners, team executives and the NBPA."

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Even if Team USA wanted Curry -- and Thompson and Green for that matter -- to play in Tokyo, there's no guarantee any of them would. That trio just got through playing the equivalent of seven NBA seasons while the rest of the league played six, and though the pandemic has created an opportunity for them to recuperate, it's possible they would prefer to save their bodies for NBA competition.

[RELATED: Report: Warriors could start next season as late as March]

Of course, being that Curry has yet to participate in an Olympics, perhaps that would be a motivating factor for him to do so. He expressed as much of a desire as recently as March. But as Wojnarowski explained, there are large forces working against that possibility, and Team USA might look much different than it would in a non-pandemic year.

"At a minimum," Wojnarowski continued, "Team USA probably will have to be prepared to bring a much younger, less accomplished roster to Tokyo -- a team profile that could ultimately mirror the rest of the world's entries, too."

Obviously, plenty can and will happen between now and the Tokyo Games. But barring significant progress made in stemming COVID-19, it's looking increasingly unlikely that Curry and other NBA stars will be a part of them.

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

Ex-Warrior Kevin Durant responds to Twitter troll in amazing sequence

You'd think people would have learned by now, but if you tweet an insult at Kevin Durant, be prepared for him to come right back at you.

Still, some people have to learn the hard way.

The former Warrior recently offered his NBA Finals prediction, in which he picked the Los Angeles Clippers to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks for the title. That was consistent with his Western Conference finals prediction from October when he said the Clips would beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

As you might expect, Lakers fans generally didn't take too kindly to that. A few of them expressed their displeasure with the two-time NBA Finals MVP on Twitter on Saturday, so Durant sarcastically sought to quell their pain.

Then, this happened:

Congratulations #LakeShow Rudy, you played yourself.

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He wasn't the only Lakers fan that became the target of a KD clapback:

When are these keyboard warriors going to learn?

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