Report: Warriors interested in Stephen Jackson as assistant coach
Former NBA swingman Stephen Jackson is looking to make a comeback next season, and the Golden State Warriors are willing to give him an opportunity. However, the team may have a different role in mind than the one Jackson envisions for himself.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Warriors are interested in adding Jackson to their coaching staff, but the 38-year-old wants to play.
I'm told Golden State has shown interest in Stephen Jackson in a coaching role . But Jackson, 38, hopes to make a PLAYING return next season
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2016
The last time Jackson played was when he appeared in just nine games for the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2013-2014 season, averaging just 1.7 points in 11.9 minutes per game. He has not made a significant impact with a team in about five years, though some of his best seasons were in Golden State from 2007 through 2010.
If the Warriors do offer Jackson a coaching position, they may want to check with Kevin Durant first. Jackson blasted Durant during the playoffs (video here), and Golden State wants to sign the free agent superstar. That could create some awkwardness.