One year ago, Mark Jackson was doing one heck of a job coaching the young, unproven Golden State Warriors. This season, we’re asking how much longer Jackson has as the coach of the Warriors.
It’s amazing how much can change over the course of one year.
According to a report from SFgate.com, the owner of the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, is growing tired of Jackson’s actions and issues that he continues to finds himself in.
This is his show, and all reports suggest he’s losing his patience with Jackson: over embarrassing home losses, over strategical decisions, over the fact that when it comes to assistant coaches, he does not choose well.
Lacob also likes to reach his lofty goals in a hurry, and should the Warriors lose in the first round – even to a clearly superior team – that would represent a letdown from last year’s second-round appearance.
A couple days ago, Jackson was forced to fire Darren Erman for a “violation of company policy”, the second assistant coach that has been fired or reassigned in the last few weeks. Brian Scalabrine was reassigned to the team’s D’League coaching staff after he and Jackson had a “difference in philosophy”, reportedly.
With five games to play, the Warriors are sitting just two games above the Western Conference No. 8 seed Phoenix and three games above ninth place Memphis. I guess there’s still a possibility that the Warriors could miss out on the playoffs, but it’s probably highly unlikely.
Still, if the Warriors don’t make another deep run in this year’s playoffs it doesn’t look too good for Jackson. With all the rumors swirling around, it just seems like this team is too good for them to be “a coach away” — and that could very well be the case.
Then again, this Jackson mess could have nothing to do with how the Warriors have been playing lately. The question is, will the Warriors management take that chance? I highly doubt it.