by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Mark Jackson is booting Keith Smart out of his place as head coach of the Golden State Warriors. This former point guard and television analyst was hired on Monday, and this will be his first time wearing the crown of head coach. Although some wondered about the fact that Jackson does not have coaching experience, the team that hired him says that his leadership skills as a player more than make up for his lack of experience. Joe Lacob, owner of the Golden State Warriors says:
“He epitomized leadership as a player in this league for 17 seasons and we think that characteristic — and many other positive traits — will translate very well into his coaching duties with our young team. He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league and we’re convinced that he is the right person to guide this team into the future and help us achieve the success that we are striving for as an organization.”
According to reports from the Associated Press, Jackson was unanimously agreed upon after being interviewed by Lacob, Consultant Jerry West, and General Manager Larry Riley. Jackson’s new title of head coach comes dressed in some not-too-shabby perks. According to reports from Yahoo! Sports, he will have a three-year, $6 million contract with a team option for a fourth year.
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