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.

Kobe Bryant with spin move around LeBron James (VIDEO)

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The game itself went about how you’d expect one between a title contender and a high lottery team to go — the Cavaliers 120-111 win over the Lakers was never really in doubt.

But the fans in Cleveland wanted to see some vintage Kobe Bryant, and they got it late when he spun around LeBron James and hit the reverse lay-up.

LeBron had 29 points on the night, and Kyrie Irving had 35. Kobe finished with 17 and got a standing ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Suns’ Markieff Morris, Archie Goodwin get in scuffle on the bench

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Just another magical day in the Valley of the Sun, where clearly Jeff Hornacek was the problem….

During an early timeout in the Suns’ game at Golden State, Markieff Morris tried to explain something to Archie Goodwin, who is seated. This conversation gets heated quickly, and teammates eventually have to step in and separate the two teammates.

The Suns have shopped Morris around as the trade deadline approaches, this isn’t going to help his value.

We should find out more about what happened after the game ends, although I’m sure both sides will play it down as “nothing.”

Kawhi Leonard drains game winner to beat Orlando (VIDEO)

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This is how much Gregg Popovich trusts Kawhi Leonard on offense now: Tie game with 13.3 seconds remaining, and the play design is a 1-4 flat isolation for Leonard. It’s the kind of play teams will call for LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Popovich just called it for Leonard.

And he was rewarded with a game-winning bucket.

Leonard finished with 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21, and the Spurs head into the All-Star break with a 45-8 record, on pace to win 70 games this season. And that still would only get them a two seed.

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers shoulder dislocation, leaves game

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had been back just six games after suffering a torn labrum in the preseason that required surgery. The Hornets had won four of those six, were playing improved defense, and looked like a potential playoff team in the East.

Now this.

He went straight to the locker room and did not return to the game (the Pacers got the win).

You can see the injury above. In a scramble for a loose ball, the Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi falls on MKG’s arm, dislocating his shoulder.

We don’t know the severity of all this and if MKG is going to miss time beyond this game. But it isn’t good.