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.