All the talk about the Golden State Warriors wanting to get rid of coach Mark Jackson may be true.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports published multiple bombshells in this report about increasing friction between Jackson, his assistants, and owners.
First and foremost, Jackson reportedly forced a reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, although Warriors management has liked what Scalabrine has brought to the organization. It is worth mentioning that Jackson personally chose Scalabrine to join his staff in the offseason.
Scalabrine isn’t the only assistant whom Jackson has had issues with. According to Wojnarowski, Jackson and his top assistant last season, Michael Malone, would go “weeks without speaking to each other.” It probably isn’t a surprise that Malone bolted for a head coaching position with the Kings after last season.
Overall, the report states, Jackson has had difficulties with managing his staff and his future with the Warriors is in jeopardy. Jackson’s contract expires at the end of next season, and there have been no talks of an extension.
Just to add to the drama, Jackson has reportedly been seeking out other head coaching positions around the league, including with the Clippers and Nets.
Many have believed that Jackson and the Warriors organization have not necessarily seen eye-to-eye, but few could have predicted the blowup that this latest report seems to foreshadow. The Warriors are known as one of the more loose teams around the league with great chemistry, but now the Jackson saga shows that there is more friction than many of us could have ever predicted.
The bottom line is, however, that Jackson is still the head coach of this team for at least the rest of the season — a team that is bound for its best season on the court in more than a decade. Winning solves everything, and if Jackson can lead the Warriors deep into the postseason, a lot of the issues will magically be fixed.