Apr 16, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Warriors won 116-112. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves unlikely to hire Mark Jackson

The Golden State Warriors fired their head coach today and even though everyone universally sees it as a terrible idea, they’ve put Mark Jackson on the market for someone else to hire. While he’s bound to get work again — probably sooner rather than later — there are certain places he won’t go.

According to Darren Wolfson from ESPN1500 in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Timberwolves will not be hiring Mark Jackson and probably won’t pursue him.


It’s ironic that the one thing that could get the Wolves the head coach they need is the guy who destroyed the franchise in the first place. Hiring Jackson would be a brilliant move as he turned the similarly structured Warriors around in two seasons and that’s exactly what the Wolves need right now.

But, because they’re the Timberwolves and are doomed to an eternity of awfulness and bafoonery, and won’t be seeking out Jackson’s help to show them the way to the light.

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  • talos

    “But, because they’re the Timberwolves and are doomed to an eternity of awfulness and bafoonery, and won’t be seeking out Jackson’s help to show them the way to the light.” lol, don’t beat around the bush! Just tell us what you really think! Bafoonery aside, the reason the wolves won’t hire Jackson is the uncertainty of his ability to communicate with ownership. It’s going to take a strong franchise with established leadership to have the guts and bravery to hire Jackson. I really like the wolves, but I’m with you – this isn’t Jackson’s next job.

    • WRSI

      Jackson’s curiously destructive leadership style doesn’t seem to have been limited to the management in Golden State. He seems to have driven his own assistants into a paranoid condition. Some of them were recording conversations among the staff this year, and halfway through the season there was a kind of purge. Also, his fundamentalist attitudes toward gay people (expressed most openly when Jason Collins made his announcement and Jackson played the “praying for him” card) hardly endeared him to potential San Francisco ticket buyers. Mark Jackson has an ego that a) rubs people the wrong way, partly because b) he projects his own attitudes onto *God* a fair share of the time.

      Ah well. At least he now has some coaching credentials. Before the Warriors hired him, Jackson had exactly zero coaching experience, as an assistant or a head man, at any level. Point Guards get a lot of credit that way, I guess.

      (Incidentally, the word our writer intended would be spelled “buffoonery.” It’s good to execute well when one is delivering an insult. Being sloppy while accusing someone else of incompetence doesn’t play particularly well.)

      • talos

        Listening to a long radio interview with Ric Bucher, who shed some interesting insight into the GS front office culture, and Jackson’s firing. Radio interview is 5/5 airing of Bill Simmons Report – Ric Bucher has spent a lot of time with the GS team over the last 2 years. Ultimately Bucher really sides with Jackson on most incidents. With regard to Brian Scalabrine, Bucher just laughed. Brian Scalabrine, first year assistant, chooses to not communicate with Jackson for weeks, for uncertain reasons. Regardless of Scalabrine’s issues, he’s the one who displayed a lack of professionalism within the ranks by not talking (a coach not talking…). The assistant recording conversations really does raise an eyebrow. However, unless the content of these conversations is a known element, this again reflects poorly on the assistant for their choice and judgement. The GS owner is apparently a micromanager, exactly like M Cuban 5+ years ago. Bucher praises the owners passion, but points out the smothering attention he gives to his franchise can be a negative. All and all, Bucher’s insight speaks more to Jackson’s excellence of the last 3 years, overcoming obstacles, and winning games. Unless more credible, factual information comes out against Jackson, I think he’s the one who got the shaft. I’m actually a bit surprised how much of sports media is taking GS ownerships side on this one.

        • WRSI

          How many separate cases of Jackson being inexplicably persecuted does that make, exactly? It reflects badly on *more than one* assistant coach that they “chose not to communicate with Jackson”? That’s sort of a reach, yeah? What happened with Scalabrine was, Jackson fired him in front of the players, and then he was kept on and demoted to the D-league. Ownership (and the President of Basketball Operations) were all micromanagers? M’kay. Jerry West was too involved; Jackson asked for him to be kept away.

          This telling sounds to me like situations where someone insecure has walled himself off. Those people always think they were being defensive.

          Check out Zach Lowe’s column on this. The establishing couple of paragraphs include this:

          “Jackson went out of his way to point out, unsolicited and on the record, that it would be wrong to publicly credit any single assistant coach for the team’s transformation. It was a weird thing to say unprompted, my first window into Jackson’s personality — a strange brew of braggadocio, inspiration, and insecurity. That personality ultimately cost Jackson his job in Golden State….”

          That seems a lot fairer than separately blaming *everyone else* for a situation in which Jackson was clearly the biggest presence, and in which things became badly dysfunctional.

          • talos

            I’ve never came across your claim of Jackson confronting Scal in front of the team – which goes directly against what an insider, who was there, a lot (Bucher) said about Scal. Let me repeat, Bucher LAUGHED at Scal’s situation. And when is it ok to secretly record conversations in a job environment? Odds are against two lemon assistants in one year, but its not impossible. Jackson openly admits his error – HIRING THEM. Yesterday in an interview, Jackson threw both assistants under the bus for their behavior. Lets see if there is any rebuttal from the challenged parties. Are you making an argument based upon what seems to be the case? Because it seems more likely?

            Lowe’s quote in your post is conjecture as well. Conjecture that has nothing to do with what Jackson actually said. What he said could simply be explained as team growth vs. attention on single individuals. Doesn’t that seem likely?

            Where I can’t disagree with you is the basic conflict that was clearly ongoing with front office and coaching. Jackson was not fired for no reasons. As a 3rd year coach he still has a great deal to learn. But he proved he could coach talent to wins, and many, like myself, feel he overachieved in his time at GS.

            oh, btw, we are not going to see eye to eye on this, lol