April 28, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (right) celebrates with point guard Stephen Curry (30, left) during the fourth quarter in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 115-101. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Jackson Called “Classless” By A Denver Nuggets Broadcaster


Mark Jackson had some bold comments directed towards the Denver Nuggets following Game 5, and they haven’t gone unnoticed.

According to CSN Bay Area, Jackson was called “classless” by Scott Hastings, a Nuggets radio broadcaster. Before delving into the exact comments provided by CSN Bay Area, let me shed some light on the situation.

The development of this controversy started after Jackson claimed that the Nuggets were sending “hit men” at Stephen Curry in Game 5. There were a handful of instances where Nuggets players looked to be quite aggressive with Curry, perhaps trying to intentionally injure Golden State’s star point guard. But on the same note, the Warriors were also physical.

That’s the simple version of the story. There were additional quotes from a handful of players, but none really provided much more insight into the situation.

So, back to Thursday’s controversy:

Hastings appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, and that’s when he let loose on Jackson.

I was a little surprised by his reaction after a tough loss. To be honest with you, I thought that was classless

Hastings’s had explanation to support his comment:

“Because it didn’t even need to be brought in there. I don’t understand what he was talking about. There were two flagrant fouls called in that game and neither one of them were about the Denver Nuggets,” said Hastings, not backing down.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Jackson boldly stated his opinion while Hastings fired back with his thoughts. In fact, Jackson was given a chance to respond on Patrick’s broadcast on Thursday, and he certainly didn’t hold anything back.

“You [Patrick], as my guy, there is no way in the world you can sit there and listen to Scott Hastings, of all people, call me ‘classless.’ Now he can disagree with my statement, he can disagree with my coaching, he can disagree with my announcing, my playing, all of that, but to say it was ‘classless,’ I think it was unfair of him.”

The Warriors and Nuggets will meet again Thursday night, and I can bet that all eyes will be on the aggressiveness of both teams.

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