6.10: Chronicle Live -- Mark Jackson Interview
Mark Jackson joins Greg Papa for the first time as Warriors coach, answering questionsabout the future of the Warriors.
Seventy years later. In the NBA had a great broadcaster for many years a lifelong dream today Israel live from our checks and he's an NBA head coach welcome to chronicle live. Greg Papa in studio with the American effort -- what it was -- feel like today I know you've had a job a couple of days -- -- to the press conference today. Put on that suit for the first time as a head coach in the NBA. What's -- feel like today. But they weren't first -- thanks for having me and it's it's really. Because this has been a dream for a long time coming -- as a young weird kid sitting in the corner as I talked about earlier. Being a player being an -- of being a coach and I've been able to fulfill totals dreams up until this point. And to actually come full circle and that comical all three dreams. And they have this situation. Because I would've just taken any NBA head coaching job out of -- totally at peace. About it never coached a game in this in in my life. But to have this opportunity with these owners with this organization what this fan but this fan base is absolutely incredible. -- later birds you don't yourself and as a point guard in the NBA in average real time and his sister is certainly no leadership on its own artists and a quick story here. And out to the warrior games you came out of the layup lines before -- -- it at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks -- came over and I sat on the air. Well at an earlier game the Warriors have played the next that mark was the slowest player in the NBA today Canadian history. Any at point guard and He came over to me and Andy called me -- out -- we had a nice laugh but to me what it showed was first of all you're watching tape which a lot of players don't do. And secondly year old watching tape with the audio. So you were starting to be both a coach at that time and a broadcaster simultaneously. Well thick skin and and I didn't call you a liar so you know the truth you -- I admit I wasn't slows video slowest player in the history of the game. But I really paid attention. No matter what sport I'll watch what I wanted to realize I wanted to be an announcer. I listened to the great announces I listened to bad announces -- learned from them. What to do what not to do so I didn't stumble into be in a guy -- NBA finals. The same way as a player. I'll watch the great ones I'll watch the bad ones I'll watch the good habits -- -- -- bad habits so I didn't stumble in the play in seventeen years and haven't a decent career. The same exact thing with coach I watched the great ones I watch the bad ones and I'm not gonna fall in the traps put myself in position to be successful. And I wanna ask you about all the great coaches you you've played four I had a privilege to work in the NBA games in San Antonio -- Doc Rivers for two years and right after the game was over he'd pull out notepad -- He took copious notes -- when you're a broadcaster mark for you when you went to like interview -- Erik Spoelstra. Before the game last night you had a little huddle and how you think get hot and I picked this guy's brain a little bit to use this when I become a head coach. No question about it all the great thing about it is we talk. For hill a couple of minutes when we get sound bite. And then we actually sit there and that's when you really get the stuff the stuff that's not on camera the stuff when you can sit there as player and coach all. Coach and future coat and these guys have been brutally honest with me. Helping me guiding me supporting me we talk about NBA finals of of Erik Spoelstra. Rick Carlisle. These guys send me text messages wishing me the best saying congratulations. Saying I'm pulling for you these are the same guys that helped me Rick Carlisle was a teammate of mine as a rookie. Was an assistant coach with me with Indiana Pacers had a relationship with these guys and that they've they've really been you know open and guided me. He played for a lot of great. Hall of -- starting with a one of my favorites agreed to return his second and Jamaica queens and and it's things shines in the Lenny Wilkens and Jerry Sloan fed Riley Larry Brown you mentioned Rick Pitino today coach pitino will be going. In the hall of fame we all know that would you single him out all the great coaches you said today. That he's the very best coach you've ever played for so I'm wondering of the Warriors gonna play full court press and pick up -- pick up the opponents on the amount of 94 feet mark. There will be times when we do that I think it's. Under utilized in the NBA. Guys -- not used to full court pressure you take a look at what the Dallas Mavericks adorned in that doing their trap and lies within doing it forcing the issue. Eating up clock picking up full court is something that -- can be used as a weapon but I singled out Rick Pitino because ultimately I think -- like that draft is somewhere else. Ought to somebody else is my head coach I don't make it seventeen years but He instilled in me great confidence believed in me and gave me an opportunity. To be successful in match in the Dallas Mavericks and obviously your defense of pedigree -- overall looking for. From the U they they play more zone than any team in the NBA they play at the best. Is that something watching them play that you may incorporate in the warrior style more zone. Ozone can be very effective and hides deficiencies. At the same time. You talked all day to day folks who is it a little little to excuse me that's alright you didn't -- what time did you wake up this morning by the way did any NBA finals last night in Dallas. So what time did the alarm go off in your hotel room today in Dallas Texas to two early. But that's what I notice it until I got your brother got -- I forgot what time I actually woke up 6 o'clock in the moment. And I've been up ever since. And this is fresh off of being up all day yesterday but I'm fine I'm absolutely fine because this is -- to celebrate. Yeah this is that time to be enthusiastic and this is a time to be embraced because. My life has changed. With this platform with this call. And you are gonna go back to Miami we're gonna have a couple writers to -- next segment we get into what you -- to do with the Warriors specifically but I wanna get more background on your lot's been made of the fact that you've never coached. Anywhere before it -- even -- an assistant coach and other out Doc Rivers -- I referenced before is on this list of a lot of guys that have done it. Very successfully. Did you ever feel like you needed to become an assistant coach. To be a head coach who was that just something you weren't going to do -- gonna be a broadcaster that if somebody wanted to -- to be a head coach you do it that way. Did you ever think maybe I need to be an assistant for a couple of. When the real last couple I would ask him I don't want the real proud how is his second. When I went to my mailbox one day and saw my bills. I knew it was better for me to be an announcer -- -- hopes He got forward I had heard I couldn't explain to my wife -- here is that. We had to do some to be some changes look around now because of going to accept -- little bit of assistant coaches don't make more money where -- maybe you could take that step and make it easier to be a head coach it is sad it is that well and these guys worked extremely. But in fairness. That wasn't my only excuse. I had a great job and I truly believe that any great point guard any good point guard any real point guard. Is an extension of the coach on the floor there is nobody can tell me. That Steve Nash is not the lead assistant for Phoenix Suns ought to Jason Kidd is not lead assistant photo -- for for a call -- with Dallas Mavericks ultimately. The best players as flaws point guards send a message and directed traffic so they're the real leader system. It's all right but your number one assistant steps curry and Monta Ellis will have that role kind of -- your actual number one assist and his single them out today. Is Mike Malone a guy that we actually thought they'd be the head coach of the -- -- one point He was a in the mix there but. You really get them away from the Lakers and have formally in order Norman's was atop the system the one question I have for you here. You mentioned here most people thought you would go the old school guy and I did as most people that have not talked before bringing a veteran guy. Who was actually coached in the NBA is it going to be any adjustment for you guys learning how to how to actually run it -- game because a little bit different and that regarding shaking his -- -- No agenda no adjustment go out there and tomorrow no adjustments the reason why is because I almost. -- -- when -- when I got up almost got a previous job. Has flaws head coaching in this league and almost hired two guys as well respected older assistance I wasn't sold. -- I was sold on them and what their accomplishments work but I was is using them as dressing. I would have been in trouble right. This time around us and we'll get the most qualified guy I don't care what his ages and I know Mike Malone I know his body of work I've watched this guy work. He's an absolute gem. And it won't be my lead assistant for long. Because he'll be a head coach in this league there's no question about it and you know instead -- -- don't you go on back to Sanchez against Syracuse not only that his dad Brendan actually recruited me when I was in high school so I'm no Brendan Malone for no Brendan Malone and his family. For quite some time and this is this is why it's so important that you. Do the -- obvious Bulls to do. And you're truly professional because you never know with Watson only hired. Mike Malone because I watched his body of work all the roses.