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With another disappointing season coming to a end, The New York Knicks is back to revamping mode. They already began making moves into a new direction by letting go Jeff Hornacek after two sub-par seasons at the big apple. So this opportunity presents the million dollar question. Who should be the next man in charge to lead the Knicks back to playoff prominence? Many names have been thrown into the hat of future candidates. Some say reigning National Champion head coach Jay Wright, former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Tisdale or the coach that led them to an surprising NBA Finals run in Jeff Van Gundy should get a second chance. But last but not least, there's one name who strongly fits the future and identification the Knicks need to take them over the top as a potential contender. He's a hometown hero. If you thinking who I am thinking then yes it is him. The perfect candidate who the Knicks should be name the next franchise head coach is no other than Mark Jackson.
For all the die hard hoop fans, everyone knows the caliber of talent Mark Jackson presented on the court. A first round draft pick from out of St. Johns University, Jackson had an solid career where he is regarded as the one of the best playmaker in league history. The stats says it all. He was able to retired as the league's 4th all-time assists leader (10,323) and 23rd on the all-time steals list. Some of his best hoops moments came hooping for the Indiana Pacers as he played a vital role in destroying the Knicks previous NBA Finals chances along with Reggie Miller in the mid 90s. But his coming out party to the league came in the early stages in his career as a hometown hero suiting up for the beloved NY Knicks. A Brooklyn product who attended Bishop Loughlin HS, Mark was able to bring that streetball, crafty skill set to dazzle the fans at Madison Square Garden en route to winning the Rookie Of The Year award in 1988. His dipsy doodle passing ability along with his shake-n-bake drive to the hoop made him an respectable point guard throughout his 17 year playing career.
But what help Jackson be recognized as a hoops extraordinaire was the job he did as head coach of the Golden State Warriors. It was there where he turned a team that a very sub par .500 season into one of the most promising young team in the league. Jackson was able to even pull off some major playoff upsets as his 47-35 team got passed the #3 Denver Nuggets in the first round of 2012-2013 NBA Playoffs. On that same team, the backcourt was a young promising shooting duo of Steph Curry & Klay Thompson. His wisdom, witty and interactive approach to coaching an young squad who had players with major superstar potential helped build up the most important thing about competiting in the NBA; SWAGGER. Jackson was able to take an skinny, injury prone guard from North Carolina and turned him into argubably the greatest shooting point guard of all time. Even tho Kerr stepped in and brought them to the promise land in winning the NBA Finals his first year, it was Mark Jackson who did the dirty work in providing the necessary attention needed to gain and impose a swagger like no other to the Golden State organization.
If say to say Mark Jackson walked with the baby Splash Brothers and company so Steve Kerr can fly into championship prominence with the Warriors he has today. By Jackson bringing an old school, grassroots NYC hoops swagger back to the Garden, the Knicks of today would be appreciative of what as the kids today would say an OG showing them the ropes on how to be confident in yourself and how to win on and off the court. With the Knicks holding the #9 pick, a young future shooting stud in Trae Young will be avaliable and another perfect fit of the turn around process for New York. As Porzingis heals back to All Star form, Beasley comes back better than ever and hustle players like Kyle O'Quinn continuing to leave it all out on the floor, this has the makings of an great situation of another great era of NY Knick basketball at its finest. You ever know, if they sign Mark Jackson, we can possibly get the chance of seeing an superstar wear #23 with the last name James in the back. It all depends on hiring the right personnel for the right job. The right man for this head coach position is Mark Jackson and the Knicks needs to do the right thing not only for the franchise but for the city of New York. Let's bring him home and watch him turn this franchise around so we can all look back at the championship banners being raised at the MSG and point that Mark Jackson to say……MAMA, THERE GOES THAT MAN.