A couple of stories concerning the former Golden State Warriors head coach and current coach broke out on Saturday.
For one, Mark Jackson will be returning to his old gig at ESPN. Jackson reached a “multiyear agreement” with the network and will be calling games alongside Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy. In fact, you’ll be able to hear him Sunday afternoon, as the trio will be calling Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Pacers.
Jackson spent five seasons at ESPN before being hired as Warriors’ head coach in 2011. So, get ready to have the phrases “Mama, there goes that man,” and “hand down, man down” ingrained in your head once again.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Steve Kerr chose to become the Warriors head coach because Phil Jackson and the Knicks lowballed him.
Jackson offered Kerr a three-year, $13.2 million deal, before the Warriors jumped in with a four-year, $22 million offer. A source told Berman that Kerr “wasn’t moving across the country for less money than the Warriors were offering.”
If Jackson had given Kerr what he wanted, he would have gotten his man. Instead, the Knicks are stuck without a coach, while the Warriors have one of their top choices as head coach.