The TFB Week In Review … June 5th – 11th, 2011 Part One

MAMA, THERE GOES THAT MAN …

~ The Golden State Warriors went for the splashy move by bringing in Mark Jackson to be their next head coach. It’s well documented by now that Jackson does not have any coaching experience. He is going to need to be surrounded by solid basketball minds both in the front office and on the sidelines. However, if his comments at his press conference is any indication, Jackson is going to bring a confident swagger to the Warriors.

“It is a great day.Not only for me, but for this organization, for this fan base. Because the Bay Area will never be the same.” … Mark Jackson , New Head Coach of The Golden State Warriors

Never mind what his coaching philosphies are right now, Jackson has presence. He’s young enough to relate to today’s NBA player and brings 17 years of basketball knowledge from his playing career. His aim right now has to be to get the Warriors a new idenity that leads them to the playoffs.

MONTA ELLIS TRADE RUMORS

Jackson inherits a Warriors team that has a talented pair of guards, Monta’ Ellis and Stephen Curry. The rumor mill is is in full swing that 1 of them will be traded. Chances are it’ll be Ellis. The 76ers and Magic are rumored to be interested. Jackson did make it clear that he would like to coach Ellis, however if he can be moved for a star or big named player I’m sure he won’t stand in the way of that.

What is also beginning to come to light is a reported beef between Ellis and teammate David Lee. Apparently Ellis does not paticularly care for Lee, according to the ever popular “sources”. If I had to make a prediction on the future of Ellis, I’d go with that he’ll be moved for as much as the Warriors can get back for an extremely talented 25 year old scoring guard. Andre Iguodala for Ellis makes a lot of sense financially and on the court.

PRYOR & OHIO STATE …

This story won’t go away anytime soon. The score as it stands now is that the NCAA is currently investigating the Ohio State football program. The head coach Jim Tressel ended up losing his job and rightfully so, resigning while under intense media pressure and scrutiny. The latest events now surround former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

The keyword in that last sentence was former. Pryor announced that he will not return to OSU in the fall. He gives up his senior season and will now look to land in the NFL via the Supplemental Draft. That is of course if the NFL takes care of it’s current lockout status.

Smart move by Pryor to get out of town when he had the chance. He was going to be suspended for the first 5 games of the upcoming season anyway. Teammates have reportedly expressed they don’t want to play with him anymore, some have even blamed him for Tressell losing his job and the school being investigated so deeply. The allegations continue to get worst with reports coming out that Pryor was guilty of NCAA violations by receiving large amounts of cash benefits. He’s not ready to be an NFL quarterback yet, at least not from what I saw of him in televised OSU games.

 It now remains to be seen just how many more allegations against OSU come to light. The judgement has been passed swiftly already against them, costing the team it’s head coach and now it’s starting quarterback. This one is a story that will continue to unfold.

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NBA > Mark Jackson Named Next Head Coach of Golden State Warriors

 ~ The wait is over for Mark Jackson. The lead analyst for the ESPN / ABC coverage of the NBA will be named the next head coach of the Golden State Warriors, according to Yahoo Sports.The 46-year-old Jackson has no coaching experience, however reports have already surfaced that the Warriors will surround him with the best assistant coaches they can get.

 Jackson has been a top canidate for head coaching positions the last couple of seasons in the NBA.

 Owner Joe Lacob says Jackson’s leadership as a player will translate well to coaching. His playing resume backs that up. Jackson was a point guard in the league for 17 years and made the playoffs 14 of those years. He knows what it takes to win in the NBA and he is going to provide an different kind of energy for a team that is overall a young ballclub.

 

The Warriors have Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, and David Lee already in place, giving Jackson a young nucleus to build around. Critics and Warriors fans may point to Jackon’s inexperience as a problem. There maybe some bumps in the road, it comes with the territory. The bottom line is that this team over the last couple of seasons has not been very good. They needed a complete makeover and idenity change.

 

 

 

Jackson’s interview must have went so well that it left the Warriors upper management completely blown away. With no coaching background at all to fall back on, it’s definitely a gamble. It’s a a roll of the dice that I think will payoff for a young team that is looking for direction.

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