St. Johns Red Storm: 5 Potential Steve Lavin Replacements

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Mark Jackson

Jan 9, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson and current ESPN commentator smiles before the start of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Like Mullin, Jackson is a former player at St. John’s that was around for their glory days. Unlike Mullin though, Jackson has head coaching experience, as he was the head man for the Golden State Warriors for three years. Also like Mullin, Jackson would galvanize a fan base that is searching for any positive to their glory years to latch onto.

Unfortunately, Jackson is probably more of a longshot than Mullin is for the job. He currently has a cozy job as an analyst for ESPN, and hasn’t been shy in his feelings of wanting to get back into the NBA as a head coach. It would be hard to imagine he would want to downgrade in a sense, going from NBA head coach to the college ranks.

If there was any program he would do it for though, you would have to imagine St. John’s would be the one. Like many of the people on this list, Jackson is a New York guy, growing up here and playing at every level in the area. He knows the area and knows what it takes to succeed here. He would be a great get for the Red Storm program, but it would be hard imagine him passing up on potential NBA jobs to return to where he played his college ball.

Jackson is a name to keep an eye on in the future I would say. If the NBA job opportunities dry up, and he wants to get back into coaching, he could improve his stock by taking a job at St. John’s and turning things around there. That would definitely get him some looks once again at the big leagues of basketball coaching in the NBA, if that is truly what he desires.

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