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Warriors owner Joe Lacob: ‘I refuse to let anyone talk about’ Mark Jackson’s job security

May 2, 2014, 12:33 PM EST

Lacob blames media for rumors swirling about Jackson being fired

Though most of his players stand by him, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is running out of allies.

Jackson tried to fire assistant Brian Scalabrine, a former client of agent-turned-Warriors-general-manager Bob Myers, and turned another assistant, Darren Erman, paranoid. Jackson has also reportedly distanced himself from Jerry West, a key Golden State executive.

That leaves Warriors owner Joe Lacob to address rumors Jackson will be fired.

Lacob, via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

“Honest to God, that’s the media that is doing all this,” Lacob told Yahoo Sports. “There is nothing going on until after the season. I refuse to let anyone talk about that. We don’t talk about it. We haven’t had that discussion. Everybody in the entire organization is reviewed after the season and we make decisions.”

Jackson’s job also appeared to be in jeopardy late in his first season as the Warriors headed toward a 23-43 record. Lacob has remained consistent, declining to evaluate Jackson then. Considering Golden State was going to keep Jackson, it would have been easy to endorse the coach, but Lacob didn’t, and he’s not rendering judgment now either.

But if he doesn’t want anyone in his organization talking about Jackson’s job security, Lacob is failing. These reports aren’t coming from nowhere.

At any point, Lacob could say Jackson will return. That’s apparently not the owner’s style, and that’s OK. He must understand, though, it’s a style that opens the door to speculation about Jackson’s job security from outside the organization – and within.

  1. csbanter - May 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Jackson is toast if the Warriors lose game 7. The owner knows this so why the charade. While the Warriors have improved tenfold just making the playoffs is not good enough. They signed Iggy with the thought he was a missing piece. Jackson will get another chance, in a year or two.

  2. andersonde7 - May 2, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    There are so many lies and distortions in that article, it’s hard to know where to begin. The climate of mistrust and paranoia on the Warriors is caused by the owner’s meddling. It is sad, because he is destroying the very team that he wants so desperately to win. Whether the owner likes the coach or not is not relevant. The coach is there to win games, not please somebody who has no qualifications other than wealth.

  3. jrod2173 - May 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    The Warriors should be a much better team then they are based on the talent level. Jackson doesn’t really bring anything to the table besides players liking him. He doesn’t design the offense or defense, you will never see a clipboard in his hand. He does not hold players accountable on the court. Because if he did, their turnovers would not be so high. I don’t think Jackson is a horrible coach, he is is just very replaceable.

    • prokilla - May 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      Really? their starting center is out for the playoff, their backup center is out with a knee injury, their power forward fouled out against a powerful clippers team, and the warriors won the game.. really nothing??

  4. andreboy1 - May 2, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Lacob is a beotch. He can’t get out of his own way.

    • spursareold - May 2, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Unfortunately, for Mark Jackson, he can’t fire Lacob.

      If a coach and an owner have a conflict, there’s only one way it ends. You can wring your hands and complain, but that’s the facts of life in major league sports. Hopefully, it’s a lesson that Jackson can learn and take with him during his future career.

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