Mark Jackson finally got his chance to become a head coach two years ago when the Golden State Warriors brought him in. His first season with the team was unusual due to the lockout and the Warriors only won 23 games on the shortened schedule. Last year, however, Jackson and the Warriors more than doubled that total on their way to the 2013 NBA Finals.
Jackson has developed a strong relationship with his team, specifically with star point guard Stephen Curry. Jackson and Curry have formed a bond that could prove to be a huge force in the Western Conference for years to come.
Should Jackson continue his success, the Warriors would be wise to keep him around. In fact, that possibility is already being discussed. According to the Contra Costa Times, general manager Bob Meyers has been in contact with Jackson’s agent:
“Myers said he’s had informal contract talks with coach Mark Jackson’s agent Arn Tellem.
“Myers, Tellem’s former protégé, said they’ve only thrown out ideas about Jackson’s contract, which has next season and a team option for 2014-15 remaining. The Warriors could guarantee the last year on the contract or agree to an extension with Jackson.
“Doing nothing means Jackson goes into this season as a virtual lame duck with just one year guaranteed.”
With the possibility — actually, near certainty — that both Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry won’t return next season, it is imperative that Golden State executes the sure thing with extending Jackson’s deal. His coaching style has fit well with the Warriors and they will only continue to improve under his leadership.