Mark Jackson still hoping for a coaching gig

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It can happen. It really can. You can jump from the broadcast booth into the head coach’s chair and make it work. Pat Riley did it when Jerry Buss tapped him in Los Angeles. Doc Rivers did it, although he looked pretty bad as a coach for a while, until Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen arrived.

So maybe the lesson those two teach us is that if you have a really good roster the coach can make the leap from broadcaster.

Mark Jackson wants to make that leap, as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reminded us.

Jackson almost had both the Knicks job and the Timberwolves job. He would have struggled there, just like Mike D’Antoni and Kurt Rambis have. You can’t win with those rosters, regardless of who you are.

If Jackson wants to land someplace with a roster filled with potential, believe it or not the Clippers may be the place to be.

He has a strong connection to the Clippers organization, having played there for two seasons. He and his family have lived in the Los Angeles suburbs for years. It’s a natural fit.

“Mark, as everyone knows, has a strong desire to be a head coach,” says Steven Kauffmann, Jackson’s agent. “If the Clippers are interested that would absolutely be an ideal situation. They have a good roster and will be a very competitive team for years to come. It’s a great place for Mark to being his coaching career.”

Currently Dwane Casey, a Mavericks assistant, is considered the front-runner for that job, but he has other responsibilities for a while. Which is fine, Clippers owner Donald Sterling may wait and wait until the free agent market starts to shake out, in hopes of getting a big name to come and bring the coach with him.

Jeff Van Gundy thinks Jackson could be a coach. Maybe, maybe not, but hiring a guy straight out of the booth is a risk. And these are pretty risk-adverse times for play-it-save general managers.

But Jackson keeps looking, and keeps covering games, keeping his name on people’s minds.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.