November 14, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson instructs against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 116-115. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Jackson Takes the High Road in Response to George Karl

As former Nuggets head coach George Karl delivered controversial remarks regarding the Warriors and head coach Mark Jackson, the NBA world waited for Jackson’s response.

On Monday, it finally came, but there was no return fire from the Warriors head coach.

To give some context, Karl had some interesting things to say in an interview with Dave Krieger, a radio host on 850 KOA.

First, when asked if Andre Iguodala was “the mole” in the first round playoff series between the Warriors and Nuggets last year, Karl responded, “No question.” Following Game 5, Jackson revealed to the media that a Nuggets player had come up to him claiming that he didn’t approve of Denver’s physical style of play against Golden State.

Karl also had this to say about Jackson’s coaching in the series, which was won by the Warriors 4-2:

I thought Mark had a lot of tricks in that series that were bush- . . . I don’t know. I don’t know what they were. Almost high-schoolish. They were beneath the NBA level. And they might have worked. They might have motivated his young team in a good way. You know, he’d announce a starting lineup and start another guy. C’mon, man. You think we’re not ready for that?

So now we come to Jackson’s response, via Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News:

“I heard him say I made bush league, high-schoolish (starting lineups),” Jackson said. “I just responded, and maybe we’ll forget that I wasn’t the first one, that when (Kenneth) Faried was hurt and we didn’t know if he was playing or starting …

“It is what it is. He’s a great basketball coach, a great basketball mind, and I have nothing but respect for him. So I will take the high road, and hopefully it becomes contagious.”

“Taking the high road,” eh? Looks like the debate will end there…until the Warriors visit the Nuggets on Dec. 23 with Iguodala in the lineup.

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