Adrian Wojnarowski probably couldn’t wait for the Warriors to lose.
Less than an hour after they were eliminated from the playoffs after a 126-121 Game 7 loss to the Clippers, Woj tweeted the following concerning Warriors coach Mark Jackson:
Mark Jackson doesn’t have one GSW front office ally who’ll make a case to ownership to keep him. “He’s on an island,” league source says.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 4, 2014
Jackson has one year left on his contract, but coaches rarely feel comfortable being a “lame duck.” Thus, something has to happen with him this offseason: either he gets fired or extended.
Judging by the report that he doesn’t have a single person in the Warriors’ inner circle who would vouch for him, Jackson’s job is in serious jeopardy.
What does he think, though?
“I don’t get caught up in it,” he told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. “I have total confidence and total faith that I will be fine even if I’m a full time pastor.”
It has been well documented that owner Joe Lacob hasn’t exactly been thrilled with Jackson, and the issues may run beyond just the team’s play. Two of Jackson’s hand-picked assistants were let go from their role midseason, which has to raise red flags.
One of Jackson’s supporters, however, is his star player Stephen Curry.
“He deserves to be our coach next year and we’re going to come back and build off the momentum we’ve gained in the last three years and continue to grow as a team,” said Curry. “I want Coach Jackson to be that guy leading us.”