Warriors name Mark Jackson head coach


Warriors name Mark Jackson head coach


Warriors owner Joe Lacob continues to put his imprint on the Warriors in interesting and different ways.And that's what he did on Monday, announcing that Mark Jackson would be the next head coach of the Warriors. Jackson, who is an analyst for ABC and ESPN, has never been a coach at any level.
Jackson will take over the team at the conclusion of the NBA Finals.
We are tremendously excited about the addition of Mark Jackson as our new head coach, Lacob said in a statement. 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. He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league and were 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.
The Warriors reached out to approximately a dozen candidates after they decided in late April not to renew the contract of Keith Smart for the 2011-12 season.Of those candidates, only Jackson, San Antonio assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and possibly New Orleans assistant Mike Malone met with Lacob. The Warriors were said to be interested in former Cleveland coach Mike Brown early in the process, but Brown was named the Lakers' head coach.I am really elated about this opportunity and Im looking forward to the challenge of building the Warriors into a perennial contender, Jackson said. "... The Bay Area has always had some of the best fans in the NBA and I look forward to being a part of that incredible atmosphere at Oracle Arena, along with my wife, my kids and my church family, who are thrilled as well.
Jackson is the latest of an intriguing series of hires by Lacob, who officially assumed control of the Warriors from Chris Cohan in November. Before Lacob actually took over, he fired coach Don Nelson and replaced him with Smart, who had been an assistant.In mid-April, the Warriors hired long-time agent Bob Myers to become assistant general manager. On May 20, Lacob announced that he'd brought Jerry West aboard to become an a member of the team's executive board.The hiring of Jackson would seem like another intriguing type of move. Jackson played 17 seasons in the NBA, but then went to the broadcast booth rather than the sidelines as an assistant coach.The last coach to be hired without any experience was Vinny Del Negro, whom the Chicago Bulls hired in 2008. Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers had no coaching experience when he was hired by the Orlando Magic in 1999.Jackson is currently working as an analyst for ABC at the NBA Finals. The Warriors said they will introduce him later this week.

Isaiah Thomas' reaction to DeMarcus Cousins trade includes an 'LOL'

Isaiah Thomas' reaction to DeMarcus Cousins trade includes an 'LOL'

Although the deal is not yet official, the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans on Sunday night.

On Monday morning, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas reacted to the news:

Sacramento is sending Cousins and Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a first and second-round pick in the 2017 draft.

[RELATED: Report: Kings expected to waive Matt Barnes]

The Kings selected Thomas with the 60th pick in the 2011 draft.

In 2013-14, he averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game.

In July 2014, Sacramento traded Thomas to Phoenix for Alex Oriakhi and a trade exception.

The Suns shipped Thomas to Boston in February 2015.

This season, the 28-year old is averaging 29.9 points and 6.3 assists per contest.

Report: Kings expected to waive Matt Barnes

Report: Kings expected to waive Matt Barnes

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Matt Barnes has reportedly drawn the short straw.

The Kings are expected to waive Barnes, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

After Sunday’s blockbuster trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, Tyreke Evans and picks, the Kings have some housekeeping to do. Per NBA rules, they must waive a player to make room for the three incoming players.

Barnes, 36, signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Kings during the summer, with a player option for the second season. Sacramento is allowed to use the stretch provision for Barnes’ salary, breaking it up over a five-year stretch.

A Sacramento native, Barnes not only became a locker room leader this season for the Kings, but head coach Dave Joerger relied heavily on the veteran as injuries piled up. 

Barnes averaged 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25.3 minutes through 54 games, including 13 starts.