The Golden State Warriors have fired Mark Jackson after three seasons with the Warriors, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. Jackson had a record of 121-109 in three seasons.
“It’s never easy to make a decision of this nature,” said general manager Bob Myers. “Mark has accomplished many good things during his three years with the organization, including his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago. We’re appreciative of his dedication and commitment since his arrival and are extremely grateful for his contributions. However, as an organization, we simply feel it’s best to move in a different direction at this time.”
“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 years,” owner Joe Lacob said. “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.”
Sources reported that Jerry West was not involved in the meeting with Mark Jackson, and was not the decision maker.
Stephen Curry voiced his opinion on this subject just moments before Jackson was fired:
“I love Coach more than anybody, and I think for him to be in a situation where his job is under scrutiny and under question is totally unfair,” Curry said. “And it would definitely be a shock to me if anything like that were to happen.
“What Coach has gone through this year has been unlike anything I’ve seen — just the amount of distractions and the circus that’s been around him and decisions he’s had to make,” Curry said. “We came into the season thinking this was a long-term situation, but obviously he’s been having to answer these questions all year.”
What is next for the Warriors is yet to be known. Many believe that Golden State will pursue Steve Kerr, but the Knicks are likely to sign him to a deal sometime this week.