Reaction To Warriors Firing Of Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson wasn’t alone in losing his job today, as the Warriors ousted Jackson’s entire coaching staff, and even the club’s video coordinator, notes Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group (Twitter link). The reaction has been swift around the league, and while we’ll keep track of the latest on Jackson’s future and the team’s coaching search in this post, we’ll roundup the rest of the fallout from the Warriors’ decision below:

  • There were some Warriors players who felt Jackson showed too much favoritism toward Stephen Curry, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard (video link). Curry learned of the firing from Jackson, and many players weren’t pleased that the team didn’t inform them of the news first, and that they weren’t consulted in the decision, Thompson tweets.
  • GM Bob Myers told reporters, including Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, that he didn’t find the team’s regular season unsatisfactory, but he suggested the team’s on-court performance played a role in the decision (Twitter link). “It’s harsh to critique the record, but this is a harsh business,” Myers said.
  • The Warriors were concerned that Jackson wouldn’t agree to appoint a new lead assistant coach, but the team’s brass didn’t give Jackson a chance to offer any concessions or state his willingness to change his staff, Thompson writes in a full piece.
  • Jackson, who reportedly had a recent falling out with assistant GM Kirk Lacob, told Lacob not to talk to his assistant coaches, Thompson notes in the same piece. Lacob is the son of co-owner Joe Lacob.
  • Myers had been largely a neutral party amid the discord between Jackson and team management, but when he grew weary of the coach, that was the breaking point, a source tells fellow Bay Area News Group scribe Tim Kawakami (Twitter link).
  • Warriors brass viewed Jackson as a “disruptive” force who simply caused too much friction, Kawakami hears (Twitter links).
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