May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson reacts against the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cavs interested in Mark Jackson for coaching job

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers have contacted former Golden State Warriors head coach and current ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson about their vacant head coaching job. Jackson was fired by the Warriors on May 6 after three years on the job. Jackson had a 121-109 record as a head coach in the regular season and and 18-9 record in the playoffs.

When Jackson left ESPN to take the Warriors job, he was selective in choosing his job and he was reportedly fired by the Warriors in part due to his issues with Golden State’s ownership. Considering how far Cleveland is away from his home and church in California, it’s hard to imagine Jackson having any serious interest in the job. According to the report, it is also unclear how strong the Cavs’ interest in Jackson is. To date, the Cavs have interviewed Tyronn Lue, Alvin Gentry, Mark Price, Lionel Hollins, Adrian Griffin and Vinny Del Negro for their head coaching job. Soon-to-be-ex Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt has also been linked to the job. The Cavs’ job became open on May 12 when Mike Brown was fired after one season in his second stint as Cleveland’s head coach.

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  • Sunshine State, OH

    It’s dawned on me in the past that some of these coaches are exactly
    like journeymen such as Drew Gooden, Sebastian Telfair, and Damon Jones
    (the urge to throw Mo Williams in is painfully strong but I still love
    the guy): they might never hit that point where they have a team that
    has a legitimate shot at winning it all and will ultimately be replaced
    time and time again. I wonder at times how important a head coach is in
    this league beyond simply trying to tame out-of-control egos, as I once
    saw it put. So where is the line that separates these perpetually
    mediocre coaches? Are the all the same in the sense that they will never
    be Pop or Phil or someone of that winning caliber? Is it because they
    are incapable of doing so or is it that these teams can’t ever find a
    way to get over the hump and the blame ultimately falls back on the
    coach? The way I see it, I am just happy if the Cavs bring on a guy who
    hasn’t proven times over that he is a coaching journeyman because that
    seems like a red flag. Get Price, Lue, Griffin, or the Israeli league
    coach, not one of these other guys.

    I don’t want to say a coach
    is unimportant, because I’m sure they are vital to the team.
    Realistically though, isn’t what we need simply just a guy who can keep
    the players from each others’ throats and who can utilize and develop
    the right guys? The worst thing about Brown last year, besides losing a
    lot, was how rarely he forced Bennett out onto the court and, as a
    result, he didn’t develop much. Same with Karasev. Instead, he seemed to
    play Gee and Miles far too often and these other guys sat. Playing Deng
    was respectable because Deng used to be such a talent (yes, I went
    there), particularly since the team was basically renting him for the
    remainder of the season, but I am extremely disappointed that these
    younger players with such immense potential were so underutilized this
    past season. Why play someone who is near or in their prime who is maybe
    a “C” level player when you can begin developing a guy who is currently
    around a “C-” with the potential to become an “A”? It’s infuriating.
    And guess what? Maybe this all stems back to the vibes within the
    organization and Dan Gilbert’s alleged playoff-bound-determination
    sooner than later, when it isn’t reasonable. There are far too many
    questions we don’t know the answers to here.