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NBA News: Golden State Warriors Fire Head Coach Mark Jackson

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The Golden State Warriors have quickly become one of the NBA’s most fun to watch teams and a legitimate contender in a very short time. They made back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in over 20 years.

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Unfortunately for head coach Mark Jackson, that was not enough as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Warriors fired Jackson today:

This move had been rumored for some time as Jackson reportedly did not get along with the upper management of the Warriors and there were disagreements over Jackson firing certain staff members.

Jackson’s name could come up in the Lakers coaching search as he is a relatively young coach who has shown he can win at the NBA level. The Warriors players consistently praised Jackson during this season despite the constant rumblings that he would be fired.

Jackson’s firing now provides a very intriguing opening in the NBA. The Warriors are sure to attract a lot of interest from potential coaches due to their excellent core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, and Andre Igoudala.

Some of the coaches who have rumored to be interested in the Lakers job will likely have just as much if not more interest in the Warriors position, so the Lakers may have some tough competition to get the coach they want.

In three seasons with the Warriors, Jackson compiled a record of 121-109 along with a first-round upset of the Denver Nuggets in the first round of last year’s playoffs.
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  • Al Haldie

    That’s a raw deal they gave Mark Jackson – not much of a chance there to get better …

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      hhmmm… the way I see it… GSW offense were all predicated on the shooting of their guards… very little variety and ball movement.. and if there was, it was usually during breakaways… Jackson benefited from having 2 great shooters in Curry and Thompson, and little of the other talents like Iggy, Barnes, … very talented squad but poor coaching…. MDA can do better with that squad than him, howbeit not on defense.. but offensively, they could have their offense through the roof.

  • comrade24

    And i think we’ve found our next head coach.

  • FULLHOUSESUCKS

    Jim Buss don’t even think about it.

  • Daryl Peek

    Calling Jerry West for another Lakers assist. Mark Jackson fired? Now just send us Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson. Let the conspiracy theories begin….

    • comrade24

      i really hope they hire Derek Fisher as an assistant coach. I don’t quite trust him with the keys to the kingdom yet, but i would like him to be a part of the organization going forward.

      • Daryl Peek

        I could see Fish as an assistant for Jackson. Come to think of it that would be AWESOME!!

        • Joseph Apohen

          Again, I agree with you.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          DP… not Jackson… take a good second look on GSW team… he isn’t as good a coach as many thinks he is… his offense is stagnant and one on one, relies heavily on hot shooting of his guards, and under utilizes other talents… with the talent that they have, they could have been one of the top 3 teams in the west… I think MDA could do a better job with that kind of available talent at his disposal.

          • Daryl Peek

            For Jackson to get that group to play the kinda defense they did? When has a GS team ever played defense?

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            lol… i thought GSW played better defense than our Lakers… just my shortsighted eyesight… I don’t know how you see it. But if they did, they weren’t top of the league..I just thought they executed better defensively, and gave better effort on closeouts… but then again, they have Iggy to thank for.

          • Daryl Peek

            Actually they were the 4th best defense in the league.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Daryl, now you’re talking. Don’t just ask for one or the other. Get both and Steph, the point guard we can now use.

  • hookedonnews

    If I was the OKC owner I would fire Scott Brooks. He seems incapable of corralling Russell Westbrook. They need a real PG. Westbrook should not have the ball in his hands. He needs to go back to SG which is his natural position. The team played better when Westbrook was out this season. They are a better team with him when he is not out of control, but that doesn’t happen often enough. Brooks has had 3 years to get it right, and still hasn’t done it. Maybe it’s because they haven’t had the PG they needed. In that case, just put the ball in Durant’s hands. They will never win a championship until they solve that problem. (Not that I want them to win one.) Don’t think Brooks would be a good option for the Lakers. If he can’t control Westbrook, what’s he going to do with Kobe?

    Wouldn’t object to Mark Jackson coaching the Lakers. He’s a good as most of the other options. He needs to learn to get along with management, however. His offensive system wasn’t that great. If he hadn’t had Curry & Thompson their record wouldn’t have been as good as it was IMO. It seems that more & more successful coaches are being fired these days. Interesting days in the NBA.

    • comrade24

      Amen. I think Westbrook is a terrible point guard. Not saying he’s a bad basketball player, he’s just a terrible decision maker. He’s cost that team many important games, most notably game 4 of the NBA Finals where they could have tied it up 2-2 but Westbrook decided to foul for no reason, causing them to lose the game. It drives me nuts when people say they want Westbrook to be a Laker. No thanks

      • Joseph Apohen

        You and I disagree on this, but wouldn’t you rather have him as a shooting guard and move Kobe to the wing? He is such an incredible athlete that teams will be lining up to get him as a shooting guard.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          i cannot argue with that… I also believe that Westbrook has so much to offer in the 2 position… but problem is, he wants the ball in his hands most of the time…

          • Joseph Apohen

            Nothing wrong with having the ball in his hands most of the time. Kobe wants the ball most of the time and both can produce.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Yeah, nothing wrong with that.. but he is not Kobe… the talent level is not comparable… and Kobe is a SG… Westbrook is a PG but a mentality of a SG, he is already 27yo, at peak of his game, and yet still has many holes, Kobe at that age was already a champion, has started to refine and redefine his game… do you see where this is going? I love Westbrook being a competitor, but his skill set and talent is not franchise changing… he can be a very effective second option.

            But to put the ball in his hands, you are saying that we make him the first option and the face this lakers franchise.. now think again.

          • Joseph Apohen

            I am not saying he is comparable to Kobe. No one is. Like Kobe he can produce. He has many holes but yet he just keep dismantling teams! Triple doubles in three playoff games more than offset those holes. I don’t think Durant alone could have prevailed over the Clippers. I’d take him in a heart beat and find a place for him. He is as competitive as Kobe. As far as being a pg, it is not his fault. Obviously Brooks likes him as pg and disregards his shortcomings for the positives he brings in.

    • John

      Quite a few people here in Thunder Land all seem to say the same thing that Westbrook should have been traded or whatever and they should have kept Hardin . Westbrook is a hotdog thru and thru. You cant win with a hotdog playing for himself and not the team.

      • comrade24

        i disagree with trading westbrook instead of Harden. As much as i dislike Westbrook, Harden disappears as soon as the playoffs get here and besides, it was never really a choice between Westbrook or Harden, it was between keeping Harden or Ibaka. I definitely think the Thunder made the right choice regarding that. I think they would be smart to try to execute a Carmelo to New York type trade with Westbrook and fill out their roster with effective role players.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          AGree on OKC might opt to let go of Westbrook… OKC was more effective and solid when Russel was injured… He will do well if given a chance on a rebuilding team.. but not a championship team.

      • Joseph Apohen

        A hotdog with two triple doubles in three games? Thunderland does not appreciate who they have. Bring him here to Laker land. We’d love to have another hotdog once the other leaves. We love hotdogs (Magic is the other).

    • Joseph Apohen

      I always like Westbrook as a pg, especially of what he did on the 7th game where he had triple doubles. However, after watching him last night, although he had good stats, I agree that he should be a shooting guard and let Jackson be the pg. Westbrook is such an incredible athlete, but because of his kamikase moves he tends to lose the ball a lot. Move him to shooting guard, and the team might have a chance of beating the other L.A. team. Jackson and Fish could work out for the Lakers.

    • Nashir Mohammed

      d’antoni is the perfect guy to coach OKC

      • hookedonnews

        I don’t know if you’re serious, but I think he would be the perfect coach for Golden State. Westbrook would have to learn how to be a PG or be moved to SG if MDA was coaching in OKC. That would be interesting. Don’t know that either one of those teams would make that move, but you would definitely have some entertaining basketball if one of them did.

        • Joseph Apohen

          With a lineup like that MDA will be in the playoffs a long time. They will be a very exciting team. They were a good defensive team with Jackson. I don’t know if MDA can duplicate that.

          • hookedonnews

            I guess we’ll see if he gets the job. I don’t think his presence would automatically turn a good defensive team into a bad one, although there are plenty of people who believe that.

  • Marvin Terrill Johnson

    mark jackson

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    Lakers FO probably gonna give him a call in next couple days and bring him in for a interview. I think he would fit well with Kobe he has that “killer attitude” that Kobe’s got and he would be a huge upgrade over D’Antoni for sure. And he wants to win too so LA is his best bet

    • John

      Jackson has too much Respect for Himself and the game to ever fall into Laker control.

      • Lakers Rebuilding

        Anything’s possible man hell they said they weren’t going to fire d’antoni then then he resigned because of them not picking up his team option but anyway honestly I think he’d fit well with the Lakers they are going to be a lot better next season and mark could be on of those guys to help them get back to the playoffs.

  • Joseph Apohen

    Perfect lineup for MDA. If you cannot get along with the upper echelon, that’s what happened.

  • Robert L. I.

    I can absolutely see Marc Jackson in the Lakers coaching seat…. Love his style of basketball. And he seems to know how to use Bigs!

  • Levels

    Espn reported why Mark Jackson was let go… apparently GSW FO didn’t like the way Mark ran the offense. GSW offense resembled MDA offense, it worked for GSW due to the talent on that team and Mark’s team played defense. Jerry West and the Owners wanted a more balance half court game with the mixture of the up tempo offense. Mark was “talked” to about the offense and didn’t like the way Jerry and the FO “talked” to him about it. GSW had the bigs to run the offense that the GSW FO wanted however GSW were winning. Mark Jackson is a good coach, Steve Kerr has been waiting to see if the GSW job opened up… I see Mark Jackson going home to NY to coach IF indeed Steve takes the GSW job… along with the Knicks not having any other candidates being talked about.

    • Daryl Peek

      How many times have I said coaches like Mark Jackson are MDA types offensively? I just shake my head at all the haters who are blind.

      • independentbynature

        I would conservatively guess you’ve said it a couple of million times.

      • Levels

        Just two things Daryl, 1. those aren’t my words, they’re ESPN’s… about MJ and MDA, I don’t want Mark Jackson as coach… you’re right he is like MDA and Mark got bounced out of the playoffs and out of a job like your guy MDA.. 2. and more importantly, I thought you and I had a gentlemen’s agreement NOT to comment to each others post… at least honor that.

      • michael

        There are 3 major differences.
        1. They play defense
        2. They are tall and get the rebound.
        3. Point guards don’t play at the Centers position.

    • hookedonnews

      That’s not what I heard. I heard that they didn’t like all the iso play on offense–too much one and one. I agree with that. If Curry or Thompson had a hot hand they won. If they didn’t, they had a hard time winning against teams they should have beaten.Yes, their offense was built on the MDA system, but there were significant deficiencies. There was too little ball movement and a lot of dribbling. Steve Nash does a lot of dribbling, but it’s done in order to set up teammates and open up the offense. Curry tends to turn the ball over when he dribbles too much. There wasn’t enough passing and too little utilization of players like Iguodala. Letting Jarrett Jack go and not having Bogut for the playoffs really hurt them also.

      Now I probably didn’t hear everything that was said, but I definitely saw problems in that offense. With the kind of talent they have there they should have had a better record, although they’re probably still lacking a couple of players to be able to compete for a championship.

      I don’t like the idea of the FO trying to micromanage a coach. Not sure I would have fired Jackson. Even with all the problems, they were one game away from moving on. It will be interesting to see which direction they go in looking to replace Jackson.

  • e3bonz

    I’m not sure he would be a good Laker choice from what I’ve read about why they fired him.

    • Levels

      Exactly, e3bonz… it wasn’t good… and it was with Jerry West and the Owners…

  • Zimmeredge

    As much as appreciate Mark Jackson i believe he is not the coach we need. If we had an elite pg that might be a good option but again i dońt see us getting after a pg in draft (except exum but it´s unlikely and we might get the guy via trade later) or in the fa. Bledsoe, Thomas and lowry wońt be our main target. We will try to get a side kick that can produce in big numbers. Of course they can do that as well but i simply does not fit kobe’s scheme. We will go in the fa for a guard/wing player with a défensive minded Spirit like bradley, stephenson, deng, ariza. Because our biggest needs are at 3, 4 and 5. We will focus on wiggins, Parker and embiid as our main target in the draft.
    Let me get this straight i’d love to get an elite pg. A Lilliard, a Parker, a Paul, a John, a Kyrie, a Russell or even a rajon. But until kobe’s gone it’s very unlikely to happen. Because Kobe will finish his career with the ball on his hands. So we need to find guys who can compliment his game. And another young dude for the future. That’s why embiid alongside gasol and Kobe, playing 20-25 minutes for his first season or Parker will be major assets to our team right now and in the future.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Mark Jackson top motivator and great at giving speeches other than that IDK.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Mark Jackson got screwed by the owner of Golden State.SMFH.

  • Erman

    Mark Jackson is a fake ass preacher.Mark Jackson is a trashy coach exactly like Mike D’Asstoni they run the same stuff.Small ball Action Jackson is his nickname so hell nah don’t hire the Jackson bum.How did that stripper smell Marky Mark?????Please Lakers FO don’t hire Jackson he is so stupid worse coach than D’Asstoni.

  • Erman

    Jackson loves strippers in his face.The booty man.

  • Buck

    Mark Jackson would love this lineup.Hire him ya’ll.

    PG Steve Nash,Kendall Marshall,Steve Blake
    SG Kobe Bryant,Kent Bazemore
    SF Andrew Wiggins,Xavier Henry
    PF LeBron James,Emeka Okafor,Ryan Kelly
    C Jason Smith,Emeka Okafor,Matt Bonner,Robert Sacre

    • comrade24

      smh, glanced at Lebron’s name and just skipped over this post.

  • Buck

    Best coach ever is Mark Jackson.Lakers must hire Mark Jackson.

  • World Wide Wes

    Nash $9.7 mill.Marshall vet minimum,Blake vet minimum,Kobe $24 mill,Bazemore vet minimum,Wiggins $Rookie Contract,Xavier vet minimum,LeBron $20 mill,Okafor vet minimum,Ryan Kelly vet minimum,Jason Smith vet minimum,Bonner vet minimum,Joel Anthony vet minimum,Sacre vet minimum.Yes the Lakers can easily afford this type of team.

  • Lakers4Life

    Nah, I still stand with Steve Kerr. There’s something about Mark Jackson that reminds me of Dumbtoni, and that’s a big no-no for Lakerland.

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