As an announcer, Mark Jackson was famous for his exuberant and colorful phrases such as “grown man move,” “hand down, down man down” and “mama, there goes that man.”
Well, after two successful seasons in the Bay Area, Golden State Warriors management and the Warriors fan base hopes that their man does not go anywhere. Jackson joined the Warriors’ bench with no prior coaching experience, and after a sub-par first season, the Warriors played quality basketball all season and had a successful playoff run.
Jackson, a pastor at True Love Worship Center International in Van Nuys, California, preaches defense, hard-work and toughness to his Warriors squad. In early February, the Houston Rockets tied the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a game. They tied the record because Jackson refused to allow the Rockets to drain the final three-pointer.
“Some nights, it’s not your night and it wasn’t ours and we didn’t play particularly well. That doesn’t mean, lay down and surrender. That’s not in our DNA.”
If the Warriors want to maintain their current DNA, then they must lock up Jackson to an extension.
Jackson currently makes $2 million per season. That’s less than Gregg Popovich, Tom Thibodeau, Erik Spoelstra and Doc Rivers. An argument can be made that the coaches above are the top five coaches in the game, all of whom, other than Jackson, have signed extensions in their past.
Rivers signed the most lucrative extension, a five-year, $35 million extension with the Boston Celtics back in 2011, making him the highest paid coach in the league. That very offseason, Miami Heat coach Spoelstra signed a two-year, $6 million contract. San Antonio Spurs coach Popovich also makes $6 million per season. And Chicago Bulls coach Thibodeau signed a four-year, $17 million extension just months ago.
Jackson is due for an extension similar to Thibodeau. He would more than double his salary, going from $2 million to a little more than $4 million and would receive for more years guaranteed in the Bay Area. Of course Jackson’s extension would most likely not be the exact same deal as Thibodeau’s, but it should be similar in terms of years and also salary.