MOST Golden State Warriors fans are outraged because Joe Lacob fired Mark Jackson on Tuesday. Contrary to a Warrior fan’s belief, however, this may actually be a good thing. Jackson was a great coach, and he pulled this franchise from underneath the slumps, but there were a few home games the Warriors could have won which would have secured them home court advantage.
As a Warrior fan, home court advantage should be music to your ears. Unfortunately for the Warriors, losses to the Charlotte Bobcats, Orlando Magic, and Minnesota Timberwolves can not be forgotten, and I think this is what Lacob’s primary concern about the franchise was.
But some things are a little disturbing — the lack of being up for some of these games at home, that’s a concern to me
– Joe Lacob in interview with Mercury News
That interview was conducted a few days ago, which means that he did indeed intend to fire Jackson. If not for some of those dreadful home losses, the Warriors may still be in the playoffs, and perhaps facing off with the San Antonio Spurs, and making a better go at it than last year. Those home losses could have cost the Warriors a championship, if we’re going to extreme measure here.
According to Mark Jackson’s twitter, it doesn’t seem like he’s surprised at all. His mentality is good, and his coaching style is good for this young and high-powered team. But what Lacob is concerned with is the inability to win winnable games. Now that Jackson is gone, he’s going to look for someone who has a better strategy for dealing with the peskier teams.
There are a couple names floating around already. For example, one of the greatest shooters of all time, Steve Kerr, has expressed interest in becoming a head coach, and now the Warriors have the possibility to pursue him. He has vast knowledge about basketball, and Stephen Curry, as a fellow great shooter, may be able to pick up a few pointers from him and grow his game even more.
Stan Van Gundy, former Orlando Magic head coach also comes to mind. Curry would also thrive under his offensively-minded system. Mike D’Antoni is also another viable option. Although these two are offensively minded, it’s not going to be detrimental to the Warriors’ defensive game. Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Andrew Bogut aren’t going to stop playing defense.
An offensive coach could revolutionize the team that has so many offensive weapons.