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Warriors’ owner, Mark Jackson meeting Tuesday morning; report is he will be let go

May 6, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

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Whatever Golden State management has decided on coach Mark Jackson and his future with the Golden State Warriors, they are going to get to it quickly.

According to multiple reports Jackson is meeting with owner Joe Lacob and other senior management with the Warriors Tuesday morning (Pacific time) and there will be an answer quickly on his future.

Jackson may well be let go at these meetings.

Jackson has a lot of support in the Warriors locker room — Stephen Curry has been the lead cheerleader and called for Jackson to be retained. The Warriors did win 51 games and advance to the playoffs in consecutive years under Jackson, the first time that has happened for the franchise since the 1990s.

But Jackson doesn’t have a lot of fans in management.

First, this is a hands-on ownership group that expected even better results — last season they made the second round of the playoffs, this season they were bounced in the first (in part because of the Andrew Bogut injury, in part because they were up against a very good Clippers team).

Jackson also has made some assistant coaches uncomfortable — Brian Scalabrine was demoted to the D-League and Darren Erman was let go for recording conversations without people knowing, something he did because of a lack of trust. Both of those were favorites of management. Jackson has rubbed people the wrong way.

If, as rumored, Lacob and management want to go after Steve Kerr as their next coach they need to move quickly before he signs with the Knicks, a deal that is close but not finalized. The other name thrown around as a potential coach is Stan Van Gundy.

If you’re going to fire a successful and popular coach you better have an upgrade ready to go. You have to upgrade or it looks bad (see Denver and Memphis, although the Grizzlies played very well when healthy this season).

  1. Dogsweat - May 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Look forward to Mark Jackson in New York.

    New York Knicks fans get excited.

    To think Brooklyn and New York will become a heated battle.

    Steve Kerr fits the San Francisco Warriors personality, and will do well.

    • realfootballfan - May 6, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      He’s not a Phil guy,s o probably not going to happen and actually he’s done a good enough job to not have to take that lowly job now. The best fit imo would be Indiana after they flame out as expected either in this round or in their annual conference loss to the Heat. I understand that was the job he tried to break into the league with in the first place but they decided not to go that direction at that time. Vogel might have just run into a locker room that’s tuning him out, and it might be time for a change for everyone involved.

      • Dogsweat - May 6, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Brooklyn Bound after the Nets get swept by the Heat?

  2. csbanter - May 6, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Phil Jackson did not come out of retirement to hire Mark Jackson. Steve Kerr is the guy otherwise he goes elsewhere if Kerr declines.

    • Dogsweat - May 6, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Steve Kerr is New York is like Mike Brown in L.A.

      Phil Jackson will hire what fits and what his best.

      And it’s Coach Jackson, who fits NY.

      • Dogsweat - May 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM


      • mogogo1 - May 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Mark Jackson is his own man and he clashed with a hands-on management group in Golden State. The odds of him getting along with Phil Jackson who reportedly wants to coach through whoever his hire ends up being are very small.

      • Dogsweat - May 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        We can go back and forth all day, Jackson will end up in NY -whether under the Knick umbrella or Net umbrella.

        Phil Jackson is not a dictator and will bring out the best in Mark, if he is hired, Steve Kerr is out of his element in NY,and will get eaten alive.

        Kerr will fit the San Francisco Bay Area – and when the Warriors move to San Francisco, he will be the guy to open the new arena.

        Mark Jackson is New York period!

      • dadawg77 - May 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Phil has more rings than the Warriors franchise. Since the rings command respect, Mark will probably and should be more willing to listen to Phil than Warriors management especially a nepotism hire.

      • dadawg77 - May 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        Than again I forgot about the rift with Jerry West. So if Jackson isn’t willing to listen to outside consul of great minds with proven track records than he probably shouldn’t be a coach. Also I think NYK job is Kerr’s if he wants it.

  3. spursareold - May 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    It doesn’t matter how much support you have in the locker room. If you clash and fight with your owner and GM, you’re gone. I think Jackson knows he’s not a great coach, and that all he did was build a cult of personality in the locker room, and that’s the source of his insecurity.

    • kinggw - May 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      The Lacobs are hands on to the point of meddling and they think their product is better than it really is. They think they are elite and they’re not.

      You say he’s not a good coach, but the culture, defense and record of the Dubs has improved a great deal under Jackson. That’s the mark of a good coach (no pun intended). Firing Jackson is a mistake the Warriors will regret.

      • bigsuede - May 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        Seriously- what made the defense and record great? Lacab/Meyers/West trading for Bogut, drafting klay thompson, drafting Draymond Green, and trading for Iggy


        Mark Jackson giving rousing speeches and talking about god a lot?

        Jerry West had a hand in this decision- I trust Jerry West over Mark Jackson 24/7

      • realfootballfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        Yep, heard that same “he’s not a good coach” garbage when the Nets fired Byron Scott. It’s been over 10 years, and the Nets are still trying to match what he was able to do there or in New Orleans later.

  4. readysethike - May 6, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    i don’t like Mark Jackson, didn’t like him as a player or a commentator, and i don’t like him as the Warriors coach because i simply don’t like the warriors. i am a Clippers fan. but i will say, i think he brought out the best out of his players and he definitely turned that team around. but if the owner and GM were expecting a championship caliber team out of that group they are wrong. their bench was suspect, Bogut is always hurt and an old Jermaine O’Neal. they wouldn’t have gone to the WCF with that team anyway.

    • spursareold - May 6, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Players acquired since Jackson took the reins:

      Bogut in trade
      Klay Thompson in the draft
      Harrison Barnes in the draft
      Iguodala in FA

      I think that infusion has at least as much to do with their turnaround as Jackson.

      • mogogo1 - May 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        That’s a lot of roster turnover and he got them playing together and winning immediately. And before you let a winning coach go, you’d better be darn sure the infusion of talent was most or all of the reason for the turnaround, else it’s a dumb move to fire the guy.

      • spursareold - May 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        The owner is never going to sell the team because he and the coach don’t see eye to eye. He’s going to fire the coach. He will then hire a coach who knows basketball, and how to get along with the people around him and his bosses. There are a number of experienced coaches and new faces that don’t have personality problems and delusions of paranoia.

      • realfootballfan - May 6, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Yea, that’s a championship list of players, lol.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - May 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Oh yeah he’s gone. I have a source.

  6. nflcrimerankingscom - May 6, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Called it!

  7. djlexluger - May 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Dumb move.

    • spursareold - May 6, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Fighting with the owner and GM? I agree.

  8. asimonetti88 - May 6, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I don’t think Jackson is an elite coach but he’s also not a bad one.. It’s not like Karl in Denver where they had years of stagnation without significant improvement to be able to say, “He’s not the guy to take us to the next level”… Jackson’s only been there a couple years, and they’ve improved every year he’s been there. Certainly a strange call, but I can easily see how he’d frustrate management.

    • casualcommenter - May 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Agreed. This is more about a clash of personalities than falling short of realistic expectations. The Warriors lasting 7 games without their defensive anchor in the paint, Andrew Bogut, in round 1 against the Clippers’ front line was a near miracle.

      All 8 Western Conference playoff teams would have finished top-3 in the Eastern Conference, so any team without one of their top-4 players had no hope of getting far. The Spurs have arguably the best coach in the NBA, yet they would have gotten bounced in round 1 by the Mavericks if Leonard were injured. If Ibaka were injured, OKC loses to Memphis. Etc.

  9. saint1997 - May 6, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Can’t wait to hear the full story of this when it comes out

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