Amid many rumors, ideas and headlines, the New York Knicks will, indeed, interview former point guard Mark Jackson for the organization’s vacant head coaching gig on Wednesday.
At least one-half of the ABC/ESPN broadcasting NBA color team is generating interest by way of the New York Knicks.
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the Knickerbockers will be interviewing former point guard Mark Jackson for the vacant head coaching gig this coming Wednesday.
Mark Jackson will interview for the Knicks’ head coaching position on Wednesday, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 17, 2018
“Mark Jackson will interview for the Knicks head coaching position on Wednesday, league sources tell ESPN.”
Jackson, 53, remains one-half of the aforementioned ABC/ESPN team, working alongside another former Knick individual in Jeff Van Gundy. Speaking of JVG, reports have already surfaced—to the chagrin of much of the fanbase—that New York isn’t interested in a possible Van Gundy homecoming.
Jackson, on the other hand, seems to sit near the top of the list at the moment.
From 2011 through 2014, Jackson led the up-and-coming Golden State Warriors to a 121-109 record in three seasons. In 19 total playoff games, he finished 9-10, coming out on top in one of three series.
As a player, Jackson represented a steady, heady point guard for several teams. Of course, the St. John’s product who ran with Chris Mullin during the height of the Big East was drafted 18th overall by the Knickerbockers back in 1987. After five seasons in the Big Apple (including one NBA All-Star nod), he was shipped out west to the Los Angeles Clippers. Two years later he then attempted to haunt the Knicks alongside Reggie Miller and those rugged Indiana Pacers teams.
Much has been made and debated about how skilled a coach Jackson truly is. Despite his shortened Knicks career, he’s always remained a fan-favorite. Even today, making sure he remained relevant through his color commentating gig, Mark Jackson has been at the forefront of the Association for quite some time.