Mark Jackson, relieved of his duties as Golden State Warriors’ head coach earlier Tuesday, is speaking out and unsurprisingly, has nothing but positive things to say about his former team.
“Thanks to the Warriors organization for the opportunity they gave me,” Jackson told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. “Thanks to the fans for the great support. Thanks to my players. I love them. And God bless.”
In three seasons as coach of the Warriors, Jackson compiled a 121-109 record. He led them to the postseason twice, and the team won 51 games last season.
“I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” Jackson said. “A lot of people had a lot to do with it. It’s a great opportunity. I wish them nothing but the best. The record will speak for itself. These players and the organization, it’s a different place than when I got here. I’m proud of that.”
He also told Thompson he was “going to be fine.” He probably will be, considering the number of vacant coaching positions around the league. One opening that Jackson has already been linked to is the Lakers’ job, which is intriguing because he lives and ministers down in Southern California.