Former NBA point guard Mark Jackson has been named the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors.  After an extensive search and numerous candidates being linked to the team, the Warriors finally selected the 17 year NBA veteran and basketball analyst.

We are tremendously excited about the addition of Mark Jackson as our new head coach, said Warriors' co-owner Joe Lacob said about the hire.

Warriors general manager Larry Riley added, He will bring a youthful and fresh approach to our team and the fact that he enjoyed a stellar playing career, where he served most of that time as the leader of some very successful teams, will prove invaluable in the long run.

Team officials also added that they believe his leadership as a player will translate well into being the head coach of the team.

Jackson said he was elated about the new opportunity.  I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the organization during our meetings, beginning at the top with Joe Lacob and, of course, with Larry Riley, Bob Myers and Jerry West. I have sensed that Joe is committed to winning and building a team and a culture the right way.

Jackson inherits a flawed team with lack of inside presence, weak defense, and two-star guards in Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry who have not succeeding in winning playing together.

The Warriors hired the new coach only weeks before they will select 11th in the upcoming NBA draft on June 23, 2011.