Former Warriors coach and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson has already been linked to the Lakers and Kings vacancies, and “buzz has been building” that Jackson will be a candidate for the Hornets job too, per Jordan Schultz of the Pull-Up Pod.
The Hornets parted ways with former coach James Borrego last week after four seasons.
Meanwhile, Jackson is a hot commodity, and is expected to interview with the Kings this week. He is also expected to be majorly in the running for the Lakers job, which tends to be the most-coveted coaching gig in the NBA.
But the Hornets’ opening isn’t considered too shabby, either. Jackson is a former NBA point guard who may be able to get the most out of already productive Hornets floor leader LaMelo Ball.
Jackson last coached in the NBA in 2014 with the Warriors. He has served as an in-game ESPN analyst since, but has been linked to multiple jobs almost every offseason. It is believed he would return to coaching in the right situation.
Jackson, 57, went 121-109 in three seasons with the Warriors, leading them to back-to-back playoff appearances. Before that, they had missed five straight postseasons. So you could say Jackson helped build the car that eventually hit the fast track to NBA success.
Borrego led the Hornets to a 43-39 record, a 10-game improvement from the previous season, and 20-game improvement from 2019-20. But the Hornets lost badly to the Hawks in the play-in tournament and failed to make the playoffs.
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