May 6 2014, 6:24pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
The Warriors issued a press release on Jackson's dismissal on their official website:
"The Golden State Warriors have relieved head coach Mark Jackson of his duties, the team announced today. Jackson, who recently completed his third season as head coach of the team, guided the Warriors to a 51-31 record this season and a combined 121-109 record (.526) during his tenure in the Bay Area.
"Jackson was named the 24th head coach in the team's West Coast history on June 6, 2011."
Warriors general manager Bob Myers told the team's official website the organization felt it was best to take a different route.
"It's never easy to make a decision of this nature. Mark has accomplished many good things during his three years with the organization, including his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago.
"We're appreciative of his dedication and commitment since his arrival and extremely grateful for his contributions. However, as an organization, we simply feel it's best to move in a different direction at this time."
Golden State owner and CEO Joe Lacob echoed his general manager's sentiments, per Warriors.com.
"Mark Jackson has had a big impact on the improvement of our team and the success we've had over the last couple of years. Nonetheless, we must make some difficult decisions in our day-to-day operations of the club and this would certainly qualify as one of those examples.
"We wish Mark the best of luck in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions over the last three years."
For his part, Jackson expressed his gratitude to the Warriors and their fans, per ESPN.
"Thanks to the Warriors organization for the opportunity you gave me. Thanks to the great fans for all of your support!! Thank you to my players!! Who I love!! We accomplished a lot together!! I wish you all nothing but the best! God bless."
The same ESPN update explains why Jackson may have been dismissed by the team.
"But Jackson's boisterous personality, at times, did not play well with Warriors management, his staff and -- to a much lesser extent -- his players, most of whom said they wanted him to return, especially Curry.
"Jackson's demeanor, which bordered on confidence and cockiness, might have ultimately cost him his job.
"The pressure on Jackson began when the Warriors decided to pick up his contract option for the 2014-15 season last summer instead of negotiating a long-term deal as he had wanted.
"Management also encouraged Jackson to hire a strong tactician after top assistant Michael Malone, who had several disagreements with Jackson, left to become coach of the Sacramento Kings.
"Instead, Jackson promoted Pete Myers and other assistants and hired Lindsey Hunter and Brian Scalabrine. While reports of rifts within the team surfaced on occasion, dismissing two assistants in a 12-day stretch before the playoffs perpeuated the idea that Jackson had fostered an environment of dysfunction, which Jackson reportedly refuted."
ESPN identified Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy and Lionel Hollins as likely candidates the Warriors would tap to replace Jackson. Kerr, in particular, is a favorite to land the New York Knicks head coaching job because of his relationship with new team president Phil Jackson.
However, Kerr is also said to be close to Lacob and Golden State president Rick Welts, who was Kerr's colleague with the Phoenix Suns organization several years ago, per ESPN.
Tim Kawakami of The San Jose Mercury News says Iowa State Cyclones head men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg is being eyed by the Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves. It remains to be seen if he is willing to make the jump to the NBA.
Warriors forward Jermaine O'Neal took to Twitter to thank Jackson.
"@MarkJackson13 I just want to say thank you for being a fantastic leader, coach, and more than anything 'a friend'!
"It was a pleasure to play for you and I have no doubt that you will have continued success no matter where you go or what you do!"
Jackson concluded his three-year coaching stint in Golden State with a 121-109 (.526) win-loss record, per Basketball-Reference.com.
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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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