Report: Mark Jackson among Warriors coaching finalists


Would you hire a man who says “Mamma, there goes that man” as your head coach? A guy who says “give me better offense any day” every game?

The Golden State Warriors are apparently considering it.

Former player and current ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jackson is a finalist for the Warriors head coaching job, according to Matt Steimmetz at CSN Bay Area. Also on that list are Brian Shaw, Lawrence Frank and Dwane Casey.

Jackson — the former New York Knick, Indiana Pacer and current analyst for ESPN and ABC — is very much being considered for the Golden State job. In fact, Jackson has had two conversations with the Warriors, including one with owner Joe Lacob, according two NBA sources.

That is significant because Lacob was not in on the Warriors’ first set of discussions with candidates. It is unknown whether Shaw, Casey or Frank has met or talked to Lacob up to this point. Jackson has.

Jackson has wanted a job, but he has no coaching experience. It is a big risk to take a guy straight out of the broadcast booth and throw him on the bench as a head coach. Especially with experienced assistant and former head coaches out there. Guys where you have a better idea what your getting based on some track record.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.