Just heard some chatter today regarding former Golden State Warriors coach and St. John's point guard, Mark Jackson. Jackson who is coming off a season where he led Golden State to 51 wins and a playoff berth is being considered as the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavs.
What does this guy have to do to keep a job?
In 1988 the Knicks selected him with the 18th pick out of St. John's. He could have been a New York City point guard playing in the Garden. All Jackson did his first season in the league was win rookie of the year. For some reason Knicks brass thought they could do better and drafted Rod Strickland out of DePaul. Jackson was traded and Ewing never won a ring. Just imagine the finals in 94' with Ewing, Oakley, Mason, Starks and Mark Jackson. I think we know what would have happened but sometimes sports are full of what if's, and what could have been's. What if Mattingly played one more year, what if Mo Lewis didn't take out Bledsoe, what if Nurideen didn't leave after one semester, what if...
Jackson is the ideal young coach. He played the game at its highest level and is the embodiment of team basketball and unselfish play. I thought he would have at least been considered to coach the Knicks, but I never heard his name mentioned once. All I heard was Derek Fisher knows the triangle. No offense to Derek Fisher, but he couldn't handle Mark Jackson on the court on his best day and Jackson's worst. My vote hands down to coach the Knicks would be Jackson, he is New York basketball.
If they hire him, Cleveland is going to get one hell of a basketball coach. Who doesn't think by the time Jackson is done working his magic Kyrie and Waiters won't be getting along like Martin and Will Smith in bad boys. Kyrie might not even be there but Jackson will have them rolling with Dellavadova and Waiters in the backcourt. They have the #1 pick in this years draft and they have last years #1 pick out of U.N.L.V 6'8 power forward Anthony Bennett. Those are good young players to build a foundation on.
As I tune in to watch the finals, each game I am forced to listen to Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and all the basketball knowledge they possess. As I curse Scott Layden and the hex he put on the Knicks, and I curse Rod Strickland for not being Mark Jackson all I can say is what if and what could of been.