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Old 06-06-2011, 09:32 PM   #5 (permalink)

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Mark Jackson named head coach of Golden State Warriors - ESPN

Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson has been named the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

"After an extensive search and a great deal of consideration, we have come to the conclusion that Mark Jackson is the best coach for this team," Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. "He will bring a youthful and fresh approach to our team and the fact that he enjoyed a stellar playing career, where he served most of that time as the leader of some very successful teams, will prove invaluable in the long run."

Jackson has never coached before but played under five Hall of Fame coaches during his collegiate and professional career.

"We were looking for a coach with leadership ability and a strong personality and believe Mark possesses those qualities," Riley said. "He's very well respected in NBA circles, is a consummate professional and his knowledge and background will be an incredible asset for our team and organization."
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