During his NBA career, Shaquille O’Neal played for everybody from Phil Jackson and Pat Riley to Del Harris and Mike Brown. That is what makes his pick for the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers especially interesting.
The Hall of Famer said this week in an interview with Reuters that he would like Mark Jackson to become the next head coach of the team.
“Mark Jackson helped build Golden State before Steve Kerr took it to the next level,” reasoned O’Neal. “[Jackson] made it a very sexy brand to watch, so I’m sure he can do that with LeBron [James] and Russ[ell Westbrook].”
O’Neal and Jackson were contemporaries in the NBA. They most famously did battle in the 2000 NBA Finals between O’Neal’s Lakers and Jackson’s Indiana Pacers.
There is some skepticism surrounding Jackson’s potential return to the sideline after nearly a decade away from coaching as well as some of the stories that emerged about his time with the Warriors. But he appears to have the backing of both O’Neal and James.