Mark Jackson may not be the head coach at Golden State for much longer. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada / USA Today Sports

What the Mark Jackson-Brian Scalabrine Saga Really Means


Because we are about six days away from April Fool’s day, here are some jokes that all your Warriors friends might enjoy:

Brian Scalabrine mediocre coaching is the reason the Warriors are only 44-27…. APRIL FOOLS.
Mark Jackson’s job is safe….APRIL FOOLS.
Mark Jackson gets along well with all of his assistant coaches… APRIL FOOLS.

For all those who are not plugged into Mark Jackson’s dismissal of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, here is a brief recap. Jackson brought in Scalabrine this past July. Ownership and management endorsed the move and Scalabrine’s role on the team in general. But for some reason, Jackson forced the reassignment of Scalabrine to the Warriors D-League team.

So what does this odd situation mean?

It means that there are no more excuses for the Mark Jackson-led Warriors. Jackson, now in his third season in the Bay Area, has one year left on his contract, but has come under increased scrutiny from both ownership and the public. Expectations for this postseason are high and a possible first round exit might cost Jackson his job.

This is not the first time Jackson has been frustrated with one of his assistants. Last year, there were countless reports that then assistant coach — now Kings head coach — Michael Malone and Jackson would go weeks without speaking to each other. Malone not surprisingly jumped on the chance to run his own NBA team and bolted to Sacramento when he was given the opportunity.

Jackson was instrumental in transforming the Warriors losing culture and environment into one of the best environments in the league, but now the Warriors seem to be a bit dysfunctional and with ownership’s high expectations, Jackson is the logical part to let go. In the eyes of the public, Jackson comes across as incredibly power-hungry and controlling as for most, Scalabrine was the epitome of a team-first player and now coach.

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau vouched for Scalabrine to join his Bulls staff once the power forward decided to hang up his Hall-of-Fame sneakers, but the former Celtic great chose to instead venture into a broadcasting career. Coach Thibodeau voiced his happiness when the Warriors added Scalalbrine, which makes it seem like his coaching days are just beginning.

This Lawerence Frank-esque demotion of Scalabrine this late in the season means that if the Warriors struggle in the postseason, then Jackson and his Warriors will have no excuse and Jackson will likely lose his job.

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