Hawks to Interview Mark Jackson for Head Coaching Job
Jackson -- who concluded his Eastern Conference finals television work with Boston's series-clinching Game 6 win over Orlando Friday -- is expected to be the last candidate for the position, according to another source with knowledge of the Hawks' process. Former Minnesota coach Dwane Casey and former Dallas coach and ESPN analyst Avery Johnson have been part of two Hawks interviews.
Casey is believed to be the frontrunner for the job, due in part to his ties with Atlanta general manager Rick Sund from their time together in Seattle (Sund was general manager, Casey an assistant under Nate McMillan). But Jackson, who was unable to be reached for comment, may very well make a push for the position if his platform of natural born leadership and on-court credibility come through in the interview.
He previously interviewed for the New Orleans head coaching job, and told Philadelphia he wasn't interested in the position before it went to Doug Collins. The 18th overall pick out of St. John's in 1987, Jackson -- a point guard who was taken by the Knicks -- compiled 12,489 points and 10,334 assists in his 17-year career. He has never been an assistant or head coach.