Warriors Announce Mark Jackson As New Head Coach

The Golden State Warriors have announced Mark Jackson will be their new head coach:

ABC/ESPN analyst Mark Jackson is the Golden State Warriors’ new head coach. The team announced Jackson’s hiring Monday night via Twitter.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

Jackson comes to the Warriors with no NBA head coaching experience but Warriors owner Joe Lacob feels Jackson is the best man for the job:

“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,” Lacob said in a prepared statement.

As for Jackson, he had to say the following:

“I am really elated about this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge of building the Warriors into a perennial contender,” Jackson said in a statement.

Jackson will be taking over a highly potent offensive Warriors team that likes to run but in an interview with Project Spurs, Lacob does want to see the Warriors address the defensive end:

I think we have a good sense of what we want to do with the talent we do have. We have some outstanding perimeter shooters. We’re a really good shooting team. What we need though is some more size inside, low post offensive presence, low post defensive presence, in both cases that is better than we currently have. I think that will take the pressure off the guards a little bit and they’ll be even better. Of course we do want to emphasize more of a defensive orientation than we been able to up to this point.

With that, improving the defensive end of the court might be the first on Jackson’s agenda.