Just 24 hours after being named the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson joined Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption to discuss his first head coaching job. In the brief amount of time he was on the show, he did get a chance to bring up Rick Pitino. Jackson said that Coach Pitino was the best coach that he ever played for in his 17 seasons in the NBA.
Jackson was the first player drafted by the Knicks during Pitino’s two year tenure in New York. He spent two seasons playing for Rick and was named rookie of the year in 1987. Mark’s son, Mark Jackson JR., joined the Cardinal program last year as a preferred walk-on. He said he wanted to come to Louisville to learn from Pitino. Junior plans to get into coaching after he leaves the Cardinal program.<