Mark Jackson was not a good three-point shooter. In fact, until my editors alerted me about this video clip, I was of the understanding that I would not have to witness Jackson’s ugly push-shot ever again, unless I happened upon an old Indiana Pacers game on NBA TV, and someone decided to double-team Rik Smits.
(And the shot clock was winding down.)
(And Reggie Miller was on the bench.)
Because that’s the only time you’d want to see Jackson chuck it, a 33 percent career three-point shooter who spent the prime of his shooting years working with a 22-foot three-point arc from 1994 until 1997.
So when the current Golden State Warriors coach was paired up with Stephen Curry – well on his way toward becoming one of the greatest shooters in NBA history with his career 44 percent mark from long range – in a shooting contest? It doesn’t seem fair, especially for a pass-first guard like Jackson that hasn’t played an NBA game in a decade.
And yet, after a spirited Warriors practice in Indianapolis on Monday, the old man went to work:
(The best part about this clip? This is at Bankers Life Fieldhouse’s practice court, which is visible to any passer-by that would want to take a gander at an NBA practice from the street outside.)
Jackson does have a bit of an advantage, here, as he worked on this particular practice court for two seasons following the opening of the then-Conseco Fieldhouse in 1998. The veteran didn’t exactly spend his post-practice hours firing up 500 practice jumpers a day, that ship had long since sailed, but we’re sure the sightlines are more than familiar to him.
A fantastic showing from the Warriors coach, though, regardless of (ex)-home court advantage. Not bad, for a prolific passer that was never supposed to shoot that much, in the weeks leading up to his 49th birthday.
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