Although the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly scouring the college game in their search for their next head coach, that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually go with an experienced NBA coach.
Plenty of coaches who have spent time with new Cavaliers’ general manager David Griffin, including Alvin Gentry, Vinny Del Negro and Mike D’Antoni, have emerged as potential candidates for the job, but none of them really stand out.
One intriguing potential candidate is former Golden State Warriors’ head coach Mark Jackson. Jackson went 121-109 over the last three seasons, including a playoff record of 9-10, but was fired after a first round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Clippers this season.
One of Jackson’s former players, current Cleveland Cavaliers’ reserve point guard Jarrett Jack, who spent the 2012-13 playing for the Warriors under Jackson, believes he would be a good fit for the Cavaliers – and any other team.
“To be honest, I think he would be good anywhere,” Jack told Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Being in our particular position, he’d obviously help a guy like Kyrie [Irving] being as he played the position. The type of person he is and the attitude he has, he demands certain things — respect, discipline, togetherness. Those are three things that he definitely incorporates. That’s the thing you can’t measure in wins and losses.”
Jackson is known as a player’s coach so one of his former players going to bat for him should come as no surprise.