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LeBron James Wants HC Veteran Mark Jackson for Lakers

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LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

As the Golden State Warriors prepare for the playoffs, Dubs’ No. 1 public enemy LeBron James is again serving as general manager with the Los Angeles Lakers, this time leaking information that could affect the team’s performance used as the next head coach.

The Lakers parted ways with former coach Frank Vogel after a season in which the team missed both the Western Conference Qualifiers and the NBA Play-In Tournament after finishing in 11th place in the conference. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that Vogel was gone just minutes after the season ended. The coach was asked about his status with the team during the press conference after the Lakers’ final season final game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, April 10. Vogel responded with a near-popular quote. voice: “I have not been told ***. ”

Two days later, James learned of his preference for the team’s next head coach, as he was a four-time MVP and 19-year NBA veteran who averaged 30.3 points per game in This season enters the final year of his contract in Los Angeles. The Athletic’s Sam Amick reported Monday, April 12, that James has rated former Warriors head coach and current ESPN NBA analyst Mark Jackson as the Lakers’ next hire. .

“Sources say James will be excited at the prospect of Mark Jackson getting the job,” Amick wrote. “But as history tells us, that doesn’t mean it will actually happen.”

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Whenever James spoke, the entire NBA universe listened. And usually, some of those members will turn off. The situation surrounding the Jackson and Lakers head coach positions has proven to be no different.

Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney spoke to the general manager of a Lakers Western Conference rival, who explained the “catastrophe” that is the situation in Los Angeles and the tight ropes that team teammates need to navigate if they hope to keep James content .

The trouble the Lakers have is that coaches want to look at that situation and say, ‘No, no thanks.’ Because it was a disaster, there was a lot of work to be done. But they also need a name big enough that LeBron will be happy, the organization will be happy, the season tickets will be happy. So you need someone desperate to get back into coaching but still have a big name. That’s Mark Jackson.

He left the Golden State under a cloud. There are accusations, in both ways, of espionage and insinuation. He feels the front office doesn’t trust him, and they feel he doesn’t trust them. That’s why he couldn’t get another job. So he’ll take what he can get, and that could be the Lakers.

Jackson served as the Warriors head coach for three 2011-14 seasons. The team won 47 games in his second season as head coach and 51 games in his final year. Golden State hired Steve Kerr to lead the team in 2015, concluding the first of the Warriors’ five straight trips to the NBA Finals.


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GettyStephen Curry and Jordan Poole talk during the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

At this point, Jackson is more or less ancient history for the Warriors — a face from an era right before Steph Curry and company became the NBA’s most dominant team. Following the old stereotype, Dubs’ future is now, as injuries ruined Golden State’s two previous seasons and age is starting to pose a threat to Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, all of over 30 years old.

Veteran Andre Iguodala said on Thursday that this is the type of team that could get knocked out early or end up winning the whole thing. Much of that will depend on Curry’s health. The league’s MVP sprained his foot twice against the Boston Celtics on March 16 and hasn’t played since. He was prepped for practice drills in practice for the first time on Thursday, with Kerr saying Curry would likely play in the team’s playoff opener against the Nuggets on Saturday, April 16, if the scenario plays out. good.

All indications were that Thursday’s Dubs practice scenario went without a hitch, which is a good sign for Curry’s readiness and the Warriors’ chance to make it through the first round of the game. playoffs and more. Golden State held off the Dallas Mavericks to retain the No. 3 seed in the West, which means they will avoid the NBA’s best regular team in the Phoenix Suns until there’s a possible game in the Grand Finals. Conference conclusion.

Still, the Warriors are fit to face young and second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in Round 2 – a match that is likely to serve as a barometer for Golden State’s overall health, the influence of age impact and trauma to its Big 3. and the team’s chance to win another title, either after this season or in the future.

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