When Mark Jackson was hired for his first-ever coaching job with Golden State last June, he certainly made waves with his comments. While working as a color analyst during the 2011 playoffs, Jackson predicted that his Warriors would qualify for the postseason during this year. Currently at .389 over 21 wins and 33 losses, the Warriors are on pace to finish with a lower winning percentage than last season, which was .439.
Although it is highly unlikely that the rookie head coach will be able to follow through on his prediction, Marcus Thompson of ContraCostaTimes.com has received assurances that Jackson's job is safe.
I don't believe that Jackson's job security hinged on whether or not he was able to lead his team to the playoffs this season. Other factors didn't necessarily work in his favor either, including the oft-injured status of Stephen Curry and management's decision to trade Monta Ellis at the deadline. Should Andrew Bogut and Curry be able to make healthy returns along with Klay Thompson continuing his development, Jackson will be better equipped to have his job performance evaluated next season.