May 10, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson instructs against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter of game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 102-92. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: Lakers Saved Them From Not Hiring Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson is currently on top of the world in the Bay Area. Jackson, a long-time player and ESPN analyst, took over the Golden State Warriors’ head coaching job in 2011-12. Just a short year later, he has them two wins away from a spot in the Western Conference finals.

But consider this: The Los Angeles Lakers saved the Warriors from hiring Mike Brown over Jackson. Below is an excerpt from the Yahoo! Sports report (Via Lakers Nation) that outlined the details.

Now a report out of Lakers Nation points to Lakers de facto personnel boss Jim Buss as expressing the same worries as he attempted to replace the future brother-in-law (13-time champion, as player and coach) Phil Jackson that he reportedly reviles. Brown was a candidate to take on the Golden State Warriors top gig in 2011, with West acting as a consultant and leading Mike Brown advocate, before the younger Buss swooped in to grab his guy.

The Lakers’ interest in Brown prompted their eagerness to get a deal done, which they indeed did, signing him to a hefty  contract worth $4.5 million annually in March of 2011. So, the Warriors were left with Jackson, who they would hire just a couple of months later.

The Warriors should make note to send the Lakers a Christmas card for the next few years. No, really. Jackson has lifted the Warriors from the near-bottom to a fearful and young team in the Western Conference. Brown was fired as the Lakers’ head coach on November 10, and will begin next year as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach.


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