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This was one of the things Jackson was concerned about prior to taking the position, but he spoke publicly to the media today and said that Dolan has kept true to his word of giving him complete autonomy over basketball decisions.
Jackson also talked about the importance of Carmelo Anthony taking a pay cut and apparently was told by him that he’s open to the idea.
The final thing Jackson touched on was his coaching search. He admitted that Steve Kerr is someone who he will talk to, but that the search could take a while and that the only deadline he has is to have someone in place by the time summer league starts.
Welcome to coaching in the NBA, where you’re only safe if you’ve won your last game. In Vogul’s case, his team nosedived in the second half of the season and has already lost homecourt advantage in their first round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Luckily, his future is still in his own hands, but chances are not even a run to the Eastern Conference championship could help him keep his job. He’s likely going to have to get to the NBA Finals in order to preserve it. It’s not so much that Vogual has been exposed as a bad coach, but someone has to take the fall if the Pacers end up underachieving. And, the head coaching market is full of quality candidates right now, so Pacers lead executive Larry Bird could easily justify going in a different direction if he felt like that was the best way to address the team’s issues.
The Jazz’s coaching list continues to grow with every day. Their president came out and said that the search will be exhaustive and include up to 20 candidates, so expect it to continue growing every day. As of right now, though, Ettore Messina, who Snyder worked for this past season, is the reported frontrunner.
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