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Mark Jackson after being fired as Warriors coach: ‘Now the pressure’s on for them to get a championship’

May 6, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

Mark Jackson was fired as head coach of the Warriors on Tuesday, a move that was only partially related to the team’s performance in terms of wins and losses.

Jackson had poor relationships with members of the front office that included ownership, and that more than anything is what ultimately caused the team to decide to go in a different direction.

The Warriors may have underachieved this year based on preseason expectations. But taking the Clippers to seven games without their best defensive player in Andrew Bogut was overachieving in most people’s eyes, even when taking into account the distraction L.A. endured in the middle of the series by having to deal with the Donald Sterling nonsense.

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But again, this year’s first round exit played only a small role in Jackson’s termination, and the expectations placed on the team moving forward will be someone else’s problem. With Jackson now gone, he said the pressure is now on the front office to deliver something better.

From Tim Kawakami of the Contra Costa Times:

JACKSON: I want to thank the Warriors organization for giving me a chance and thank the incredible fans in the area. And thank my players who I love and appreciate.

We accomplished a lot in three years and we should be proud. I wish them nothing but the best.

But to me, now the pressure’s on for them to get a championship. It’s not the time for them to be patient any more. This is a championship-caliber team. We were in the playoffs without David last year, and we were without Bogut this year.

When this team is healthy, it is a legit contender. That’s something that we’re all looking at going forward.

There were rumblings that Jackson was much more of a motivator than he was an Xs and Os genius, and the question this season isn’t whether or not the Warriors should be satisfied with the result, but whether or not another head coach could have done better.

The pressure on the front office to make a hire which will propel the organization forward is immense, and Jackson had no trouble verbalizing that following his dismissal.

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    If he doesn’t get a new head coaching job, I would love to see him work with Jeff Van Gundy on ESPN. Or strangely enough, maybe Mark Jackson takes Steve Kerr’S TNT job and Kerr takes the Warriors job? Hmmm…

  2. worldbfree4me - May 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Sadly, Mark will be labeled as not “Politically Correct” in the front office just like Byron Scott. But they command respect in the locker room simply because they played the game. Jackson will definitely get another opportunity to be a Head Coach.

    • spursareold - May 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      There are plenty of former players who CAN get along with management and ownership. He cut his own throat.

      • sportsfan18 - May 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        WHY does everyone dislike the TRUTH so much?

        When people don’t like things that are true, they simply disregard them.

        Mark did cut his own throat.

        Whether you like him or the job he did, THAT is why he was fired.

        I mean, WHY do people think he got fired then? Because they missed the playoffs? Nope, they were in them.

        Because the won fewer than 50 games? Nope, they won more than 50 games…

        WHAT could it be then?

        It HAD to be something as people are FIRED for reasons…

        He cut his own throat…

    • imakcds - May 7, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      I just put it simply: Mark Jackson don’t kiss nobody’s aszz.

  3. jzone954 - May 6, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Knicks. Book it

  4. scottheis82 - May 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    @ cantonfake, really now you just post random comments pretending to be the real canton. Come on jimeejohnson you gotta sign back in as yourself first.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      There’s no such thing as cantonfake. It’s the same person. I’m confused now……

    • 00maltliquor - May 7, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      I always wondered who that really was and I think you may have just nailed it.

      I’m 99% convinced that that’s who cantonb0und is. I don’t know if this makes sense but you can tell by their writting styles.

  5. Dogsweat - May 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Knicks or Nets Bound….

    • cantonb0und13 - May 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM


      • Dogsweat - May 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Nah? Still want to retract your lame comment?

  6. eagles512 - May 6, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Wasn’t a big fan of his commentary work.
    And Iguodala is their best defensive player.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      I just like the famous quote, “momma there goes that man again.”

      • 5xchamp24 - May 7, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        He used it to much

  7. bostonfrogs - May 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Could the Pistons borrow Golden State’s hiring committee after the Warriors are done with it? That way, maybe Detroit will finally have a coach in place by around the start of the 2016 NBA season.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Forgot Pistons still need a head coach. What about C. Billups?

    • mogogo1 - May 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      The funny part is that Detroit had Phil Jackson as a consultant when they hired Maurice Cheeks. Yet now that Phil is interested in “zero prior experience” Steve Kerr, half the league seems to want him.

  8. dinofrank60 - May 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    What pressure? The Oakland Warriors were selling out the Coliseum before Jackson, so that money train won’t stop.
    Remember this : a couple of years ago, when the Warriors had a ceremony which coincided with the trade of Monta Ellis, Joe Lacob was booed to Chris Cohan levels by the fans. The person defending Lacob the most was… Mark Jackson..
    But Jackson will learn from this, when to stand his ground and when to stroke his owners. When to mix some real coaching in with all of the talk he does. He’ll be all right.

  9. unfly - May 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Bad firing by an owner who thinks he knows basketball. Of course I could be wrong, but they’re probably more looking for somebody who’s going to play ball with the friends and family ownership is trying to push onto the staff.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 7, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Stan Van Gundy or Kerr

  10. bostonfrogs - May 7, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    @Cantonb0und13: Laimbeer is the coach they should have hired for the past decade, but he’s too controversial. The Pistons seem to prefer failing quietly.

  11. ufools - May 7, 2014 at 12:24 AM



    • cantonb0und13 - May 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      That awkward moment when Houston are not in the playoffs…

      • sportsfan18 - May 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Uh, he was NOT meaning this season dude… but going forward…

    • au1978 - May 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Lol, I wish I could thumbs up this!

    • 5xchamp24 - May 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      If Bogut wasn’t hurt they would have beaten the Clippers in 6. I get tired of teams firing coaches and the team still doesn’t do any better, another coach is not going to do better. Mark Jackson was not the problem.

  12. andreboy1 - May 7, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Cheatin’ Preacher is full of hot air

  13. mogogo1 - May 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    What will be the expectations on the new coach? 60 wins? Is winning a playoff series enough or do they need to get further than that? And what happens if they wind up having fired Jackson for losing a Game 7 to the team that went all the way to the Finals or maybe even won the whole thing? It’s not like they went into the Clippers series as the obvious favorites and were upset.

    • romestar82 - May 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      I have the Clips as the fav to win it all so it was a tough card to draw G.State could haved easily gone to the West finals if it weren’t for the Clippers in their way this is CP3’s year

  14. Dogsweat - May 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Clippers vs Warriors series was battle of Racist Owner vs Homophobic Coach.

    And the winner is…………………………!!

  15. imakcds - May 7, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Nobody I know that lives in the SF Bay Area approves of his firing.

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