The Golden State Warriors have made a step forward in their future ambitions this week by firing Mark Jackson and hiring rookie coach Steve Kerr on a five-year-deal after their exit in the NBA Playoffs.
Kerr has an established basketball career playing for the likes of the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs along with being a five time NBA Champion.
Kerr retired in 2003 where he became a television pundit and commentator before becoming general manager at the Phoenix Suns in 2007, since then Kerr decided to take his first caching role at the Warriors on a five-year-deal.
This is a highly anticipated move for both the Warriors and Kerr, as general manager Bob Myers confirmed to ESPN that this is a fantastic move for a coach who will mould with the club for the future.
"We are confident that he will be an extremely good fit for our team and our organization as we venture into the future," Myers said.
Mark Jackson was the previous head coach at Golden State, taking charge of the club back in 2011 when they finished just outside of the play-offs having only recorded 23 wins.
Jackson was in the similar position to what Kerr is now, as the 49-year-old was a rookie coach taking his role at Golden State having had a prestigious career having been an NBA All-Star while playing for the New York Knicks.
But in his second season Jackson captured the signing of small forward Harrison Barnes and led the Warriors to the Conference semi-finals after a 4-2 victory over the Denver Nuggets before losing to the San Antonio Spurs 4-2.
This season Jackson failed to reach the imagination of the general manager and fans, as the didn't improve from their position, finishing second in the pacific division and sixth in the Eastern Conference considering his side won four more games than their last campaign.
Then in the play-offs they got knocked out in the first round in a 4-2 defeat to the LA Clippers; considering Jackson's team got off to the perfect start with a win, they lost two games on the bounce and never seemed to regain control of the series.
Kerr will take full control of Warriors at the start of their new season with their first game coming up against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Centre.
As the 48-year-old stated to ESPN that he cannot wait to start his role at the club.
"I'm really excited about the unique opportunity to coach a very talented team and work for this committed management group."
The Warriors squad have a number of young talents coming through the ranks in Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson, along with captain Steph Curry leading the charge having had a remarkable campaign this season.
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