The Golden State Warriors have fired head coach Mark Jackson, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
“Mark Jackson has had a big impact on the improvement of our team and the success that we’ve had over the last couple of years,” said owner Joe Lacob in a press release. “Nonetheless, we must make some difficult decisions in our day-to-day operations of the club and this would certainly qualify as one of those examples. We wish Mark the best of luck in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions over the last three years.”
Jackson took over the team in 2011, and has guided the Warriors to playoff appearances in the last two seasons. This past season, the Warriors won 51 games but fell in the first round of the postseason to the Clippers.
The decision to fire Jackson was finalized at a meeting between Jackson and team brass on Tuesday.
“It’s never easy to make a decision of this nature,” said General Manager Bob Myers in the press release. “Mark has accomplished many good things during his three years with the organization, including his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago. We’re appreciative of his dedication and commitment since his arrival and are extremely grateful for his contributions. However, as an organization, we simply feel it’s best to move in a different direction at this time.”
Jackson’s issues off the court could have played a role in his firing. Frequent clashing with management and the relieving of two assistants coaches from their duties more than likely hurt his chances of being given an extension.
Now, the Warriors will begin their search for a new coach. The names being floated around at this point include Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy, Fred Hoiberg, and Tom Thibodeau.