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Is Mark Jackson preventing Jerry West from attending Warriors practices?

Apr 30, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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Former Warriors assistant coach Darren Erman was wrong for secretly recording private conversations, and his punishment was appropriate. His motives can’t change that.

But what led him to do it in the first place?

Maybe it was how Golden State coach Mark Jackson fired Brian Scalabrine, at least partially banished Jerry West and treated Erman.

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

Jackson made a show of firing Scalabrine in front of players and other coaches, but he had no real grounds, and the front office made Jackson find a compromise, per a source familiar with the matter: demoting Scalabrine to the D-League. In addition, Jackson has asked that Jerry West, a high-level adviser in Golden State, not attend most practices and team activities, sources say.

The tension with Erman got weird. Midseason, the team moved Erman’s parking spot to a less convenient place, likely at the behest of Jackson or one of Jackson’s allies on the staff, per multiple sources familiar with the matter. They began changing his duties in strange ways.

Jackson, via Sam Amick of USA Today:

“That’s a lie,” Jackson told USA TODAY Sports after the Clippers’ 113-103 Game 5 win Tuesday. “Come on. That’s a lie. That’s disrespectful.”

When asked directly if West — who joined the team when the group led by Joe Lacob took over ownership in the summer of 2010 — was welcome at his practices, Jackson said, “Absolutely. He has been at the practices. He’s there. That’s a flat-out lie.”

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that West has been at recent practices.

As Amick notes, that last sentence doesn’t contradict Lowe’s report, which allowed for Jackson tolerating West at some practices. Amick also reports:

the wide and strong belief within the organization is that Jackson would prefer not to have the legendary figure overseeing his operation from a close distance

Jackson, to his credit, seems to have most of his players behind him. The coach led the Warriors to their best season in years, and though they’re a game from it ending, that can be attributed as much to Andrew Bogut’s injury and facing an impressive Clippers team early as it can to anything Jackson has done wrong.

But aside from on the court and with his players – two areas that, admittedly, matter a great deal – Jackson’s program seems very wayward. His reported actions reek of insecurity, and the fact that these allegations are becoming public show Jackson has lost support of whomever is leaking the info.

The cracks are beginning to show in what might be Jackson’s crumbling, though successful, coaching stint with the Warriors.

  1. goodtogo28 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    release the tapes and let the chips fall where they may. jackson has been nothing but a major league jerk ever since his college playing days and i wouldn’t be surprised if he got exposed in those tapes. now that we’re doing some house cleaning then why stop with sterling? what about shaq and his recent behavior towards the disabled? these owners and players have no credibility whatsoever and people shouldn’t fall for their phony acts.

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Fill me in on the Shaq and the disabled, please.

      • goodtogo28 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        here you go. shaq at his finest moment.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Thank you. I have to say, as a big fan of Shaq, I’m surprised and disappointed. However, the link you provided had an update at the bottom with a link to a Shaq apology. Still, he shouldn’t have done that in the first place.

    • romestar82 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Shaq had me rolling with the instagram photo ,Love it ,so he made a mockery of a poor man ,it was funny

  2. 49faithful - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Warriors making a case for his exit seems like. I guess welcome Coach Kerr?

  3. kinggw - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Sounds like Lacob is leaking stories to get public opinion on his side before firing Jackson.

    And if you believe the media reports, they want to fire Jackson to hire Steve Kerr. Lacob foolishly bought the hype about his team. The Dubs were never better than a middle of the road team in the West. Somewhere along the way Lacob convinced himself that they were supposed to be an elite team and they are not. Unfortunately, Jackson is the scapegoat.

    • realfootballfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Yep, reminds me of the whole Byron Scott dustup in New Jersey. Your team stinks for ;years, then someone comes in who has a clue and does great work, but you can’t wait to run them out of town, lol. Even worse than the Scott situation is that the players seem to universally love Jackson and respond to him.

      • spursareold - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Byron Scott took the Nets to the Finals, TWICE. Not really the same thing at all.

  4. hojo20 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Is Jackson’s mistress involved in this in any way?

  5. irvness21 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I dont get it. Why is he so insecure? What has been said to him? There are 3 sides to every story!!!

  6. earpaniac - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Why was Scalabrine fired to begin with?

  7. azarkhan - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Please don’t fire him. If he goes back into broadcasting then we have to hear that dumb expression “Momma, there go that man” over and over again.

  8. phillyguyindc - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Man I hope those tapes get released.

  9. imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Some coaches are paranoid control freaks, Belichick is a huge one, some would say Saban is as well. Problem is you need to be winning titles for people to shrug it off.

  10. bigsuede - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    I always thought Jeff Van Gundy sounded clueless when he appealed to Jerry West to get involved to save Jackson’s job. Mark Jackson would have been extended last year if West was a fan of him.

    I also like how the national media keep bringing up the warriors improvement under Mark Jackson like he was the major piece of why it happened.

    Jerry West finding Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Festus Ezeli- that is why the warriors are good. Bob Myers having relationships around the league made Iguadola happen- and that addition is what helped the defense so much this season.

    The warriors should have won 56 games this season- under a competent coach that happens. Harrison Barnes should have improved off his impressive rookie year- under a competent coach that happens. The whole team should have learned how to play with one another during the season, instead we got odd hockey like substitutions- under a competent coach the team plays together. And Finally under a competent coach, Curry, the best player puts up the most shots. A coach doesnt just let Curry get taken out of playoff games completely due to double teams. Mark Jackson is a weak link- the front office (including West) knows it.

    • stayhigh_247 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      bs, if what you claim is true then why do his players support him? Obviously he’s a decent coach. The Warriors can do a lot worse than Jackson. The irony is they may fire him and bring in a George Karl which won’t sit so well with Iggy. Stan VanGundy perhaps?

      • bigsuede - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Huh- wow- the coach has the support of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and D. Lee…. Have these players ever NOT been supportive of a coach??? None of these guys are very tough personalities.

        And don’t look now- but it seems like Bogut has real issues with Jackson. And Harrison Barnes is regressing. The warriors need an X’s and O’s coach- or a personality that will embrace more schemes and play calling.

        Bottom line- I have more trust in the front office than I do in the coaching squad. (By the way, this front office also got Bogut for Ellis- that was another great deal made by the front office)

  11. mcfleezy12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    so the guy that has helped win multi NBA championships, is not allowed at Warriors practices huh? makes a lot of sense.

  12. 00maltliquor - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Something smells fishy

  13. wwttww - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    @romestar82 the poor man was disabled from birth. If you find that funny, then it’s apparent you are eternally behind in your own conscious evolution. Go Hawks.

  14. antistratfordian - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    What is it about Jerry West and Jacksons? Phil Jackson had issues with him too.

    • imakcds - May 1, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Jackson wanted to worm his way into Laker ownership and full control of operations. Seeing that Jackson hooked up with the boss, Jeannie, Mr West stepped aside. I will NEVER forgive Phil Jackson for driving the GREATEST Laker of all time away from them.
      The Lakers are owned by Jerry’s siblings, and I do believe that is the prime reason Phil and Jeannie never married, and never will. The rest of the siblings don’t want a moneygrubbingegotist snake in the family. That’s why Phil is now with the Knicks, and isn’t he and Dolan a wonderful fit??

  15. spursareold - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    The problem that I have with Mark Jackson is his contention that God has his hands on the Warriors, or some such rot. Frankly, if there is a God, he has WAY more important things to do than shepherd one NBA team to the exclusion of all others. That view also kind off abbgrogates your responsibility to coach and improve your players, since you’re essentially kicking that responsibility “upstairs”.

    • imakcds - May 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      umm, does spursareold even understand who and what God is? perhaps God might consider some things to be of more importance, but understand that He can handle Anything and Everything all at once. He IS God, ya know.
      sorry, I didn’t bring Him up in this conversation.
      AND, speaking of gods, and back to the subject, if you don’t understand that Mr Basketball, Jerry West IS a Basketball God, and that he can and does work miracles, then you know nothing about the game.

  16. tominma - May 3, 2014 at 5:21 AM

    Who the hell is Mark Jackson— MARK JACKSON!!– to keep one of the all time greats , Jerry
    West, away from practices???? He’s a franchise consultant. He’s one of the all time NBA greats. He’s the NBA logo! I fear something is rotten in Frisco!

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