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Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Mark Jackson reportedly candidates to be Nets coach

Lionel HollinsJason Kidd is still the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, but if he ends up in Milwaukee, it sounds like the Nets already have some replacements in mind.

Lionel Hollins (pictured) and George Karl have been described as serious candidates for the job if Kidd leaves/is traded to the Bucks. Mark Jackson has also been named as a coach being considered for the job.

ESPN described Hollins as a “very serious candidate” for the job. They also say Jackson’s name came up and that the Nets are interested in Karl.

USA Today’s Sam Amick reports that Karl and Hollins would be seriously considered for the job but a source downplayed the likelihood of Jackson being seriously considered.

Hollins and Karl would be excellent coaches for the Nets.

Hollins, 60, went 214-201 over four and a half seasons as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. He led them to the playoffs three times, where they won three playoff series. He was fired after the 2012-2013 season despite helping the team reach the conference finals.

Karl, 63, is one of the best and most respected coaches in the profession. He has a career .599 winning percentage and was recently the coach of the Denver Nuggets for nine seasons. He previously coached the Milwaukee Bucks and before that, the Seattle SuperSonics, whom he led to the NBA Finals in ’95-’96.

Neither Hollins nor Karl coached last season after being fired following the previous season. Jackson was fired after the season despite leading the Warriors to their second straight playoff berth. He reportedly had disagreements with the team’s ownership and management.

Kidd did a nice job with the Nets, but it sure seems like he wants out. Either Karl or Hollins would be great replacements.

Mark Jackson has out to leave ESPN for coaching jobs

Mark JacksonMark Jackson was hired by ESPN and has resumed his role as an NBA broadcaster, but that doesn’t mean he is done with the coaching profession.

The New York Post says Jackson has an out in his ESPN contract that allows him to leave the network to return to coaching. The contract also obviously allows him to speak with teams about potential openings.

Jackson reportedly has interest in the New York Knicks vacancy, but his name hasn’t been mentioned in connection with some of Phil Jackson’s favorites. However, that doesn’t mean team owner James Dolan does not have interest in him. Mark Jackson reportedly believes he has a shot at the Knicks job. It probably helps him that Phil is digging for candidates after being turned down by Steve Kerr.

Mark Jackson rejoins ESPN as broadcaster

Mark JacksonLess than two weeks after being fired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson has already found a new job. Well, to be fair, it’s his old job.

ESPN announced Saturday that Jackson has signed a deal to serve as a broadcaster for the network and return to his previous role. Prior to being hired by Golden State, Jackson was part of the main NBA announcing team along with Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen. The trio will be back in action beginning Sunday calling the conference finals and NBA Finals:

Does this mean Jackson is out of the running for NBA coaching jobs? Probably not. He can broadcast for the rest of the playoffs and then look into coaching gigs if he wants. It will just be weird hearing him broadcast games when he was just coaching them a few weeks ago.

Warriors screwed up email announcing Mark Jackson firing

The Golden State Warriors sent out an email to season ticket holders on Tuesday to inform them of the Mark Jackson firing. Only there was one pretty big oversight.

In the subject line for the email, the Warriors screwed up by saying they had beaten the Clippers and were now offering tickets for the second round of the postseason:

Warriors email

They obviously realized the mistake, because they sent out another email 10 minutes later to correct the error. Notice the subject line in this one:

Wishful thinking for the Warriors. They probably just had that email in their cue in case the team won and forgot to make the adjustment after the loss. It happens.

Tip via David B.

Mark Jackson reportedly was disinterested in game preparation, reluctant to practice

Mark JacksonWhy would the Golden State Warriors fire Mark Jackson as head coach when he had so much success the last two seasons?

The Dubs went 47-35 last season and won a playoff series. They were 51-31 this season and pushed the Clippers to seven games despite not having Andrew Bogut in the lineup.

The buzz for the past few months was that he was clashing with ownership and that they would likely fire him, and that’s what happened on Tuesday.

So where did things go wrong?

One theory is that the owners had their eye on other coaches who are available whom they feel may be better suited to lead the team. Stan Vun Gundy, Steve Kerr and Fred Hoiberg are coaches who have been mentioned in connection with the job. But Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says there were other factors at play in the team’d decision to dismiss the first-time coach.

Here’s what Woj reported:

Jackson clashed constantly with management and struggled to manage his coaching staff during his Warriors tenure. Jackson’s disinterest in game preparation and reluctance to practice despite a mostly young and gifted roster played a part in management’s reluctance to commit long term to him, league sources said.

One such example is what happened with assistant coach Brian Scalabrine. Jackson reportedly forced the demotion of Scal after the former Boston Celtic argued with another assistant on the staff. The demotion reportedly occurred against the ownership’s wishes. Additionally, assistant Darren Erman reportedly was instrumental in building the Warriors’ defense, but he was fired late in the season for a tape recording incident. Perhaps these are two examples of Jackson struggling to manage his staff.

As for the other stuff, I can’t imagine that Mark Jackson did not hold practices or work on gameplans. Maybe he felt practicing more would be counterproductive at times. And maybe he left more of the game-planning to his assistants. But these are some of the reasons being given for his firing.

I really don’t care what reasons ownership has at this point; I think Jackson did a very fine job as coach of the Warriors. It’s too bad for him that Phil Jackson was hired as Knicks president, otherwise that head coaching job would have had his name on it. I would be surprised to see the Warriors have more success without Jackson around next season.

Mark Jackson forces Brian Scalabrine to be reassigned

Brian-ScalabrineBrian Scalabrine will no longer be patrolling the sidelines for the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach. As of Tuesday, Scalabrine has been reassigned. Why? Because Mark Jackson has found another assistant he can’t get along with.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Jackson has not been able to coexist with Scalabrine despite Golden State ownership and management bring impressed with the former Chicago Bull’s performance on the job. While it is unclear what caused the relationship between Jackson and Scalabrine to sour, we do know Jackson has lousy history with assistants.

As Wojnarowski pointed out, Jackson and former assistant coach Michael Malone went weeks without speaking to each other during the 2012-2013 season. Malone has since left the Warriors to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Scalabrine is viewed as someone with great basketball knowledge who is respected across the league. Jackson hired him after he came highly recommended by Tom Thibodeau, who coached Scal with both the Bulls and Boston Celtics. Jackson’s inability to work with his assistants is probably one of the reasons the Warriors have not reached out to him to discuss a contract extension.

Mark Jackson has interest in Knicks coaching job, being bought out?

Mark JacksonThe New York Knicks may seem like a mess and will likely be in the market for a new head coach soon, but the job still has a lot of appeal. Former Knicks guard and current Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is one of the guys who might be interested in the gig.

During a conversation with ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” Monday, Stephen A. Smith was discussing the Knicks’ potential hiring of Phil Jackson. Smith stated his opinion that there are other moves he thinks that would be better for the Knicks than hiring Phil for their front office.

“I would rather have Tom Thibodeau or Mark Jackson — who would be interested in coming here and would be interested in bought out of his contract in Golden State,” Smith said.

It’s unclear whether Thibodeau, who is under contract with the Chicago Bulls through 2016-2017, has interest in the Knicks. Rumors have said he could go to the Knicks, and one report even said he had an agreement in place to coach New York next season. He has denied that.

Similarly, rumors have said that the Knicks have their eye on Jackson. Jackson is in his third season with the Warriors and has led them to plenty of success. Would he want to leave the situation he has built there? Smith says he would, so that is something to watch.

Jackson being from New York and having played for the Knicks certainly will lead to plenty of speculation about him taking the job.