It’s not like there was any question, but Mark Jackson will be the head coach of the Golden State Warriors for the next two years.
In the wake of Golden State’s frustrating playoff departure, the Warriors picked up Jackson’s option for the 2014-15 season, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Simmons also reported that Warriors management is confident that they’ll be able to sign Jackson to a long-term deal. There was no timetable for that specific process, but one can speculate that the two sides will ink a deal sooner rather than later.
Whatever terms both sides agree upon, Jackson is certainly a worth recipient after guiding the Warriors to only their second playoff berth in the last 19 years.
Golden State’s roster is loaded with young talent. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson headline that group. Then, Harrison Barnes is right behind them. David Lee is signed through the 2015-16 campaign, and perhaps Festus Ezeli will mold into a quality starting center in coming years.
However, Jackson certainly didn’t avoid adversity. His starting center,Andrew Bogut, missed 38 games between November and late January, and managing Curry’s health shouldn’t go unnoticed.
So, Jackson had a starting lineup consisting of two rookies, a sophomore and an inexperienced point guard until Bogut returned. The end results speak for themselves.
Perhaps Jackson’s biggest achievement of his young coaching career occurred in the first round of the playoffs when Lee tore his hip flexor in Game 1, and he absorbed the loss with ease.
In the process, he out-coached George Karl, who will wind up in the Hall of Fame when his days of manning the sidelines are over.
It’s obviously premature to put Jackson on Karl’s level. However, Jackson has a solid foundation to build his portfolio with.