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Report: Mark Jackson forces team to reassign assistant coach Brian Scalabrine off bench

Mar 25, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

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Let me start here (something I heard from several sources): Don’t believe that the Golden State locker room/coaching staff/organization is a hippie love in just because they are near Berkley. There are some tensions in there, some real frustrations, just ones masked by wins.

Which brings us to this news:

Warriors coach Mark Jackson has forced the franchise to re-assign one of his assistant coaches — beloved former Celtics and Bulls player Brian Scalabrine — to get him off the bench, something reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

Ownership and management have been strong advocates of Scalabrine and his performance on the job, sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, Warriors officials decided that as long as Jackson is the head coach, he’ll have control of his coaching staff.

It is immediately unclear what kind of a role the Warriors will transition Scalabrine, but management has no intention of letting him leave the organization, sources said.

Over the past two years, Jackson’s difficulty with managing his coaching staff and creating a functional work environment has developed into one of the issues that threatens his future on the job, league sources said.

If you remember earlier this year, Jackson stood up for Jason Kidd when Kidd pushed Lawrence Frank off his bench. Those comments are more interesting now.

That Jackson is in some trouble has been a rumbling for a while around the league. Jackson has one season after this on his contract and if the Warriors have a good playoff run he will not be going anywhere. However, if they are bumped in the first round things could get interesting, either way there is no talk of an extension going on.

Wojnarowski reports that Jackson had put out feelers last summer for other open jobs, including the Nets and Clippers openings.

The Warriors plan to keep Scalabrine in the organization in some yet-to-be-defined role.

Mike Malone had been the former lead assistant to Jackson in Golden State and that was rumored to be a very tense relationship (Wojnarowski reports they didn’t speak for weeks at times) and Malone bolted to take over the Sacramento Kings when the opportunity arose this summer. (He had been looking for a head coaching job for years.)

All of this is to say, the Warriors are a team to watch this summer, especially if they have an early playoff exit and don’t look like a team that has progressed from last season.

  1. lmoneyfresh - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    I’d love to see him head back to Chicago and work with Thibs.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      If he likes Polish sausage enough he’ll go back to Chicago. Daaaaaaa Bulls!

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Scalabrine will be the Warriors coach next year. Book it.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      That would help make up for the blunder gar Forman made when he fired Ron Adams. Chicago loves the White Mamba.

      • spursareold - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        ?? GS will re-assign him within the organization, according to the article. They’re NOT letting him go.

  2. calkinsrob - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I thought Scal was doing part time broadcasting for the celtics. Im almost sure of it. If this turns out to be true, Im going to be pretty upset since Thibs offered Scal an assistant coaching role with the bulls and he turned it down so he could spend more time with his family. But I cant be mad at the white mamba.. Its just not possible!

    • calkinsrob - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      WHY CANT ANYONE SEE MY POST?

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Scal did one season with the Celtics but then decided he wanted to coach.

  3. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I love Brian Scalabrine… he is a legend…

    But he might be taking all this too far… it’s just a joke Brian.

    • calkinsrob - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      He may have been just an average player, but I think he knows the game pretty well. Thibs offered him a position with the bulls after he retired. I think Thibs likes him because he knows his defensive schemes really well.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Sometimes I think average players end up making better coaches… they had to really know the game to maximize their abilities.

      • jcmeyer10 - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        He seems to have the know how as well as the personality to work with today’s players.

      • casualcommenter - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        Agreed with asimonetti88 and jcmeyer10.

        Scalabrine is a guy who has bounced from team to team and has almost immediately become one of the most popular players on each new team.

        Meanwhile, coaches like him because he has a really high basketball IQ, and towards the end of his career, younger players credited him as a really a good teacher. The transition to assistant coach was an obvious one for him.

      • spursareold - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        He was actually quite a bit below average. He’s not even the best tall white redheaded PF long distance shooter. Scal’s lifetime PER is 7.7. Bonner’s is 13.8.

  4. aboogy123456 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I was critical of the Jackson hire the moment it happened. If he was so interested in coaching, why didn’t he ever be an assistant coach or player development coach or something? He wanted the spotlight and he got the perfect job at the perfect time, to make it look like he was the reason for the turnaround. At least Jackson isn’t commentating games, but I think they should have hired Malone as the head coach.

  5. aboogy123456 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I was critical of the Jackson hire the moment it happened. If he was so interested in coaching, why didn’t he ever be an assistant coach or player development coach or something?

  6. ocgunslinger - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Can’t control or direct your coaching staff? Not much hope leading players then.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Was at the Celtics Warriors game and let’s just say, the phrase Scalabrine was heard lout and clear in the Garden that night.

  8. bballhistorian - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    “Mike Malone had been the former lead assistant to Jackson in Golden State and that was rumored to be a very tense relationship (Wojnarowski reports they didn’t speak for weeks at times) and Malone bolted to take over the Sacramento Kings when the opportunity arose this summer. (He had been looking for a head coaching job for years.)”

    Lesson here—-never put a 1st time head coach with an assistant who knows more about the job than he does, and not expect a tense relationship between them. Look at what happened to Jason Kidd/Lawrence Frank.

    One of them will be gone after this season….more likely Malone…but its interesting to see if Jackson can be as successful without him in the future.

    • kclanton80 - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      And why are you just assuming Scalabrine (Scrub) knows more about coaching then former star and potential future hall of fame point guard? Im baffled by all of this love and support for a scrub like scalabrine who really shouldn’t even have lasted in the nba.
      Hmmmm I wonder why that is…

  9. jerdogthompson - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Early playoff exit?

    Seems mighty gratuitous to give them a playoff seed. A 2-3 game skid coupled with a surge below and they are outside looking in.

    Although I would personally prefer to have them swept by the Clippers in the first round to put to rest all this nonsense however.

  10. ryanaammess - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Ive read in the past Scal really knows the game. Probably a power play. Jackson is done if they get bounced in the first round and i bet he thinks Scal is a threat. Id can Jackson anyways.

    • kinggw - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      So what if he knows the game, you think Jackson doesn’t? Jackson has the right to have his coaches operate the way he wants. That’s why coaches should hire their own staffs.

      You’d can Jackson, you’re kidding right? He’s changed the culture, made defense a priority, and has made the Dubs winners who are still getting better. What Scalabrine done? Golden State would be foolish to get rid of Jackson.

      • spursareold - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Most of what happened in GS was due to the front office turning over that previously horrible roster and getting in the young talent. Jackson seems like a relative stand up guy and a motivator, I’m just not sure that he’s a great coach. Motivational tricks will only take you so far. It’s also a bad deal when you are insecure about your assistants.

    • spursareold - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      I got news: if the organization is hanging on to Scalabrine, he’s still a threat.

  11. csbanter - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    It seems as though this article suggests Scalibrine will one day become the warriors coach. As for Jackson Utah,New Orleans,Milwaukee. will have openings,

  12. jimeejohnson - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    All Jackson has to do is grow his hair way long, eat granola, and quit his job; then he’ll be a hippie.

  13. johnheisman - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Scalabrine was an announcer last year for the Celtics and he was excellent. I don’t recall the source, it may have been Scalabrine himself, but players would also go to Scalabrine for advice. I recall hearing last year before he was hurt about Rondo asking Scalabrine for advice to avoiding getting his shots blocked on drives to the basket.

    It makes sense to me that Scalabrine would be a student of the game as he lasted several years and he certainly is not a great athlete. He is also well liked and respected by teammates so he has the tools to be a fine coach.

  14. nflcrimerankingscom - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Scalabrine will be the Warriors coach next year. Book it.

  15. fatcamper - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    It only makes sense that Jackson feels the White Mamba is trying to snake his job out from under him.

  16. newyorkfootballjets - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I hope they get bounced in the 1st so jackson comes to the knicks

  17. flickflint - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    That means there’s an opening for Based God

  18. andreboy1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Like Kurt really has sources. Hhahahahahahha.

    Malone was forced on Jackson by the ownership so I don’t put too muc stock in that relationship. The media glosses over that part to fit their narrative of dysfunction.

    But Jackson has always wreaked of arrogant B.S. with no substance.

    Really, what do you expect from the Cheatin’ Preacher!!!!

    • deetrain11 - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      AS USUAL….WHEN UR BLACK, U AREN’T ALLOWED TO BE CONFIDENT. IT’S VIEWED AS ARROGANT, OR CHOOSE UR OWN STAFF….OR GO FROM BROADCASTING TO HEAD COACH. BUT STEVE KERR CAN GO FROM BROADCASTING TO SUNS GM, AND NOW HAVE FANS WANTING HIM TO BE KNICKS HEAD COACH……WITHOUT ANY COACHING AT ALL!!! KERR DID NOTHING BUT MAKE BAD MOVES, ON TOP OF BAD MOVES. MCHALE ALSO HAD NO EXPERIENCE AT MINN……BUT U CRITICS OF JACKSON DIDN’T SAY A WORD ABOUT THOSE GUYS NOT PUTTING IN ANY WORK BEFORE OR AFTER THEY GOT THEIR JOBS!!!

  19. campcouch - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    I may have missed some GS hoops the past 8 or 9 years,but I don’t remember the Warriors being a Western Conference powerhouse. So hiring Jackson and the team becoming successful was actually due to Scalabrine? So why didn’t they hire him instead? There’s a reason why someone is an assistant coach…to assist the head coach. If that dude is undermining your authority,slide him out of the way. If Scalabrine is so highly thought of,I’m sure he can land a HC gig somewhere.

  20. rsims263 - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    First time he’s gotten off the bench his whole career.

  21. teedraper - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    These guys love scrubs like Scal bc they were scrubs also. It’s relative to who they are.

    Deetrain,

    Well said!

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