Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/14/12
There are just three head coaches in the NBA who never had been a coach anywhere else before. Jerry Stackhouse would like to join that club. I kind of like the Mark Jackson blueprint, the Atlanta guard said about the possibility of being a broadcaster between his playing career and being named an NBA head coach. His blueprint is ideal. Jackson is in his first season coaching Golden State after having been a television analyst after his playing career ended in 2004. The other NBA bosses who had no prior coaching experience are Bostons Doc Rivers, who over Orlando in 1999, three years after his playing career ended, and Houstons Kevin McHale. But McHale had been in Minnesotas front office for a decade before he got his first crack at coaching as the Timberwolves' interim boss in 2004-05. Stackhouse, 37, also believes he could become an NBA head coach without being an NBA assistant or coaching anywhere else. He believes his 17-year playing career has provided him with the ability to run a team. When youve (spent) as much time as Ive had in this league, I think that speaks for something, Stackhouse said. Im not going to say that, kind of those grunt years, arent something meaningful. But I think that in a sense Im doing that now. I think Im ready to (to be a head coach after) maybe a year away from the players. Stackhouse figures hes a bit like an assistant this season with the Hawks. Hes played in just 17 games, averaging 3.6 points, while spending plenty of time mentoring teammates. Over the past four seasons, Stackhouse has appeared in just 76 games. He missed most of 2008-09 with Dallas due to injury, played a half season with Milwaukee in 2009-10 and was out of the NBA for the rest of the year after a seven-game stint to start last season with Miami. Stackhouse then was an analyst for NBA TV. When his playing career ends, which could be after this season, Stackhouse might go back to television work. But hes hoping he might not have to spend long at it before becoming an NBA head coach. From my group (of Hawks teammates), the way they responded to me, I think I can get a positive response (from players as a head coach), Stackhouse said. Because I know the coaches that Ive played for, the pieces that Ive picked from all of them that Ive got a system that works I honestly feel Ive got enough in my bag with the right pieces around me. Stackhouse has had a varied career, having been an All-Star with Detroit in 2000 and 2001 and a deep reserve the past two seasons. Heat guard James Jones, Stackhouse's teammate last season, believes that could help Stackhouse become an NBA head coach without any coaching experience. I agree,'' James said of Stackhouse being able to make that transition. "Ive gotten a chance to know Stack personally and Ive had a chance to see his progression as a player. He knows the game Its not like (hes still playing) for financial reasons. Hes here more because he wants the experience, as much experience as possible so he can carry it to the stage of his next basketball development Hes played every position, every role (in the NBA), from starter to franchise guy to an injured-reserve, training-camp guy. Stay tuned to see if his next role with an NBA team will be as head coach.
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