The Golden State Warriors have fired head coach Mark Jackson according to multiple national outlets. This comes shortly after a meeting between he and the front office occurred to decide his fate.
Mark Jackson’s stint ends with a 121-109 record in three years as the Warriors’ head coach including two trips to the playoffs in a tough Western Conference. He leaves with one deal remaining on his contract.
Many would say this was coming, and that in fact it was more of a mutual parting of ways.
— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) May 6, 2014
Now the Warriors will look to fill their open position quickly with guys like Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy. Kerr is the favorite for the New York Knicks job, but he would be crazy to not give the Warriors a good, hard look with roster that is young and full of talent.
Joe Lacob also released a statement, and here it is below.
“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 year. 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.”
And perhaps the best way to sum this up is in less than 140 characters below:
Mark Jackson’s firing brings to mind Jeff Van Gundy’s famous line: “If they can’t get you on results, they’ll get you on relationships.”
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) May 6, 2014
We’ll break this down as well as some of the coaching prospects in the next few days, so stay tuned!