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April 2, 2014 Updates
April 1, 2014 Updates

As this final regular-season chapter unfolds, the good news for Jackson is that he clearly has the support of his players. Franchise centerpiece Stephen Curry and others responded to all the recent Jackson chatter with the strongest of praise and support, and former All-Star forward David Lee told USA TODAY Sports that Jackson "absolutely" has the backing of the entire locker room. "We have one of the best locker rooms, in my opinion, in the whole league," said Lee, the ninth-year pro who played his first five seasons with the Knicks. "I've been on teams that had awful chemistry and the coaching staff is constantly arguing with players and vice versa, and there has been none of that here. The word 'dysfunction' (which has been used in the media to describe the Warriors) is one that we've been laughing about, almost making a joke out of it, like are you serious? USA Today Sports

March 31, 2014 Updates

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Jackson was advised to wait until the offseason to part ways with Scalabrine because it wouldn't cause such a commotion then. Instead, he insisted that Scalabrine — who is very friendly with Lacob (he played for the Boston Celtics when Lacob was a minority owner there) and Warriors general manager Bob Myers (who had been Scalabrine's player agent) — needed to be sent to the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Warriors now. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. USA Today Sports

So what’s the chances of another ex-Knick named Jackson making the move back to New York City? Barring a late-season collapse, Warriors coach Mark Jackson will guide Golden State to its second straight playoff berth. But if the team doesn’t advance at least to the second round, there’s a distinct chance he could be a coaching free agent and available if new president Phil Jackson wants him. New York Post

There had been rumblings he is interested in the Knicks job again, but that was before Phil Jackson took over. Mark Jackson finished runner-up to Mike D’Antoni for the Knicks job in 2008, with Donnie Walsh feeling he needed someone with head-coaching experience as they went about blowing up the team. Mark Jackson said he doesn’t know Phil Jackson personally, except facing him as the Pacers’ point guard, but said he expects him to succeed, calling him one of the “greatest coaches in the history of sports.” New York Post

March 30, 2014 Updates

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Hilton Armstrong to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from the Warriors’ NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the team announced today. Armstrong, 29, has appeared in 32 games (23 starts) with the Santa Cruz Warriors this season, averaging 12.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.75 blocks (seventh-best in the D-League) in 28.2 minutes while hitting 55.9 percent from the field (ninth). The 6-11 center has played in eight games with Golden State over two separate stints (December 11–29/February 22-March 3) this season, averaging 2.3 rebounds in 4.4 minutes. NBA.com

Warriors veteran big man Jermaine O'Neal called any talk of firing coach Mark Jackson "ridiculous" and "unfair" before offering a vote of confidence unique to his own NBA career. O'Neal is considering retirement, and if the 35-year-old were to decide to play next season, he said it would be because of Jackson and that the team he would choose would be the Warriors. "It's a couple reasons why I will come back," O'Neal said Saturday. "This fan base, this organization is first class, and obviously my teammates are great, as well. "But the No. 1 reason that I will come back and play another year is because of Coach Jackson. I'm absolutely, 100 percent positive about that. He makes it easy to come in this gym every day, and there's not a lot of coaches that do that." San Jose Mercury-News

"To me, it's one of the most unfair things that I've seen in a long time," O'Neal said. "And it truly is a team that's 18 games over .500. Eighteen. And we're talking about firing a coach with 10, 11 games left? Here's the facts. To everybody that's negative out there, you may not ever see this again. I know that firsthand because I've been in the position. It may take 10 years to be back in that position, so do you want to accept us with open arms and continue to show the support?" San Jose Mercury-News

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