The details are still sparse, but at least some information has come out after the surprising reassignment of Golden State Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to the D-League on Tuesday.
According to Jordan Ramirez of WarriorsWorld, Scalabrine “engaged in a heated verbal altercation” with Myers following Saturday night’s loss to the Spurs at home. That was likely the final straw that resulted in Scalabrine being reassigned.
Head coach Mark Jackson has not revealed many details following the original report by Yahoo Sports on Tuesday, but cited differences in philosophy as a reason for Scalabrine’s departure.
Read a little between the lines, and some of it becomes more clear. Jackson, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, is “very insecure about his assistants getting credit,” which is why they aren’t allowed to speak to the media. Everyone can have different opinions, but at the end of the day, as Jackson would say, he makes the calls whether his assistants like it or not.
Scalabrine, it seems, may have pushed his opinions a little too far, much to the distaste of Myers. In a piece written by Al Saracevic in The Chronicle back in February, it was stated that Myers is “someone who rarely questions Jackson.” Myers is essentially a yes man, and was probably fed up by Scalabrine’s theatrics.
That’s all speculation for now, but there has to be something else to it that hasn’t come out yet. One would think that if Scalabrine had a problem with Jackson and the organization, he would wait out the few weeks remaining in the season and the playoffs, then do something about it.
But for this to happen at this late in the season, it only signifies that something is rotten in the Golden State.