May 6 update: Jackson has also been interviewed by the Lakers for their head coaching opening, per Shams Charania. It looks like the current ESPN broadcaster is going to be back on the NBA sidelines this upcoming season, but the team is to be determined.
The Los Angeles Lakers have interviewed former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson for their head coaching job, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Jackson is among the finalists for the Sacramento Kings head coach opening.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 7, 2022
The Sacramento Kings have named Mark Jackson a finalist for their head coaching vacancy, according to Shams Charania and Sam Amick. Jackson is currently on the ESPN/ABC broadcast team and will be on the Finals broadcasts. He was previously the head coach for the Golden State Warriors and is credited with helping set the foundation for what would become a dynasty in the Bay.
Mark Jackson has emerged as a finalist for the Sacramento Kings head coaching job, sources tell me and @sam_amick. Kings GM Monte McNair has begun to notify candidates whether they will move onto in-person meetings.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 30, 2022
Jackson was ultimately let go by Golden State because he failed to build on his initial playoff appearance. The Warriors took a step back in Jackson’s third season, winning 51 games but losing in the first round of the postseason. The team hired Steve Kerr in the offseason and went on to win the championship.
Jackson has a 121-109 coaching record in the NBA. If hired by the Kings, he’ll likely be tasked with developing De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell into a potent backcourt. The duo won’t reach the heights of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but Jackson could help both players get to another level.