When the Cleveland Cavaliers fired David Blatt in 2016, Adrian Wojnarowski (then of Yahoo Sports) reported that LeBron James (then with the Cavs) and his representatives at Klutch Sports tried to push the team to hire Mark Jackson (who was , at that time, represented by Klutch).
Still with me? Well, it all came to an end when the then Cavaliers general manager David Griffin overthrew the idea and finally promoted Tyronn Lue as the next head coach of the team, but the whole getaway has led James and Klutch could eventually do that. the same with the Lakers. First when Jackson openly criticized then-Lakers coach Luke Walton on the air in 2018, when the latter was under fire, and more recently, when it was reported that James “would be very excited” for Jackson to get the Lakers open concert for which he interviewed. this week.
However, there is a problem with this theory: According to the latest Substack submission by veteran NBA expert Marc Stein, not only is Jackson no longer represented by Klutch Sports, but “he is not officially represented by an agent. “at all (emphasis added):
Peter Vecsey Hall of Fame member has tweeted this on several occasions recently and inspired by those tweets, I asked on Saturday morning and they said the same thing: Jackson is not, as is often reported, represented by Klutch Sports or any other NBA talent agency.
Jackson has in fact been a Klutch customer in the past and, according to sources, maintains a strong relationship with Klutch CEO Rich Paul, the main customer of course is LeBron James of the Lakers. There is undeniably a level of support within Klutch’s field for Jackson’s candidacy with the Lakers, however Jackson’s chances of finally getting another NBA coaching shot after an eight-year wait are much stronger with Sacramento.
The latter part is no doubt, especially considering that the Lakers have just begun their interview process, while the Kings have made Jackson one of their last two candidates and are expected to decide between him or the assistant. Golden State Warriors Mike Brown “over the weekend.”
Of course, it’s still remarkable that Klutch is still on good terms with Jackson, and supports his hiring. But since the Lakers and Klutch don’t seem to be fully aligned lately, that connection may not help Jackson’s candidacy, in addition to the litany of other reasons, it seems unlikely that the team will consider him so seriously.
However, since the team granted an interview to Jackson, until he was hired by the Kings or otherwise ruled out, it would be nonsense for us to completely rule out the possibility that he would end up as his eventual choice. And so, because of Klutch’s influence in getting his clients to the Lakers in the past, like during the 2019-20 season, when six of the 15 eventual champions were replaced by the agency, the his lack of an officer. The relationship with Jackson is remarkable, as we weigh what could happen to his advancing candidacy.
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