Just days after losing in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, Mark Jackson has been fired by the Golden State Warriors. Despite steady improvement in the win department over the past three seasons, Jackson’s efforts apparently weren’t enough. He’s been shown the door after getting the team to back-to-back playoffs for the first time in over 20 years, and despite the fact that Steph Curry came out in support of him.
This situation clearly has front office issues written all over it. Many people have speculated that there’s beef between Jackson and Jerry West, but regardless of who didn’t like him, he’s gone. It may not be ‘right’ in the eyes of fans, but the Warriors are moving on.
So who’s next in line?
Yahoo Sports is reporting that Golden State is high on Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State. The Mayor just led the Cyclones to the Sweet 16 in March and really has things cooking in Ames. He’s a guy with an NBA background, both on the court and in the front office. Many have deemed him as the perfect young coach and the top pro candidate from the college ranks.
But is he willing to leave his alma mater and hometown of Ames, IA? I don’t think so.
Iowa State has seriously beefed up Hoiberg’s salary in his short time there (as recently as a month ago) and he’s openly said that he’s happy as the Cyclones coach. In every Hoiberg interview I’ve heard, he sounds like a guy who wants to take Iowa State to the top of college basketball. He doesn’t sound like a guy who’s just waiting for his one big chance in the NBA, because he doesn’t need to be that guy.
Hoiberg can basically have his ‘chance’ in the NBA whenever he wants it. Teams are going to want him just as much next year as they do this year because the Cyclones are going to continue their winning ways. Hoiberg is already rich and currently working his dream job. There’s just nothing about this situation that leads me to believe he’ll make the jump.
I’ll give Golden State a three percent chance of landing The Mayor, only because you should never say never in the world of sports.