Is Mark Jackson Headed to Minnesota?
And finally today, Pro Basketball News cites multiple unnamed sources that claim Mark Jackson has emerged as the prohibitive favorite to coach the Wolves next year. Needless to say, count on the team's PR department issuing a denial -- Kahn is on the record saying the coaching search won't even begin until after next week's draft.
Jackson, 44, is currently an analyst for ESPN/ABC, though he's made his desire to attain a head coaching job extremely clear -- he was briefly considered the favorite for the Knicks job last summer and more recently hinted at interest in the USC's vacancy. His lack of coaching experience at any level might be considered a stumbling block, but since when has that stopped an NBA team from giving a former player a shot?
And besides, Kahn has some history with Jackson, serving in Indiana's front office during Jackson's tenure with the team as a player. Given Minnesota's young roster, Jackson's recent experience as a broadcaster would likely give him as much (if not more) cache with the players as the fact that he's the league's second-all-time leader in assists.