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March 27, 2014 Updates

Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Thursday that not having a contract extension past next season does not bother him. "There is not a piece of me that's bothered that an extension has not been agreed upon or anything of that nature," Jackson said on his weekly radio show on KNBR. "We move forward. I had the deal. They picked up my option for next year, and I think that obviously speaks volumes even though for some folks it doesn't say anything." Oakland Tribune

Jackson also said that he appreciated Stephen Curry's vote of confidence in response to a Yahoo Sports report on the team's "increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere" in the wake of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine's reassignment earlier this week. Curry said he and the rest of the team supported Jackson 100 percent. "Obviously he's a guy that had an opportunity and a platform to show his loyalty, his support for me," Jackson said of Curry. "I don't take it for granted, and it's not a surprise because he knows how I feel about him." Oakland Tribune

Jackson didn't seem sure how much of a factor the support of Curry and his teammates would be in influencing his contract status. Curry had said he hoped the team's decision-makers would ask his opinion on Jackson. "It depends on who's making the decision," Jackson said. "To some ownership groups or management groups, it means a lot. To some, it doesn't matter what franchise players or players feel, it's business as usual. I don't know. I'm thankful and grateful (for the support), and it says that we've got a tied-together group, but with that being said, I'm not even concentrating on that, to be quite honest. It doesn't matter. That will take care of itself. This is an ownership group that believes in me, pulled the trigger when nobody else decided to make me a head coach, so that will play itself out." Oakland Tribune

The report cited not only that Jackson was looking to leave the Warriors for another job, specifically with the Clippers or the Nets, but that he also went weeks without talking to former assistant Michael Malone, who has issue a denial of his own. "I'm not going to comment on everything," Jackson said. "First of all, Mike Malone commented and said that his part was a lie. So there you have that. Second of all, it’s poor reporting by Wojnarowski if you decided and knew this to hold on to it until (Tuesday). That's blockbuster stuff. "So, not true. None of it was true. I'm not going to go any further. This is my job and I'm thrilled to death to be the head coach of the Golden State Warriors." CSNBayArea.com

Toucher and Rich asked Danny about the reported conflict and Ainge, having spoken to Scal since the demotion, says coaching will be a learning process for him. “I think that Brian takes responsiblity for it, and at the same time I think it’s a learning process for Brian. Brian is a good guy, and Brian is a smart basketball guy. He has his philosophies and he’s a player that jumped right into coaching. He was a very vocal player, very opinionated in the locker room. He was always able to say exactly what he wanted to say and he probably went and was that way in coaching. CBS Local

“Sometimes when you’re a coach and you’re part of the staff you have to know when to say things and when not to say things. I think it’s probably a good learning experience for Scal. A head coach needs one hundred percent support and he needs everybody to have his back. It’s really important to have that loyalty and support from everyone.” We know the White Mamba has hung up his sneakers for good, but is a return to Boston as a coach a possibility? Ainge didn’t rule it out. “I would consider Scal if we had openings for a lot of positions in our organization. I have a lot of respect for Scal, his knowledge and his work ethic. Absolutely.” CBS Local

After the game on Saturday, Jackson took an abnormally long time to speak with the media. Usually, Jackson conducts his postgame press conferences 15-20 minutes following the game, but Saturday, he took nearly twice as long to meet with reporters. When asked why he took longer than usual, Jackson said it was “Just talking, that’s all.” “I was talking with my staff, not the players,” he continued. “We were just talking basketball, that’s all.” WarriorsWorld.net

Sources close to the process say that it is not at all uncommon for ownership to push for roster change when things don’t seem to be going where they expect it. During March’s MIT Sloan Analytics conference, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers sat on a panel with Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey and told the crowd the story of how the team obtained Andre Iguodala during free agency. The story was filled with comments about his owner wanting it to get done, despite how massively difficult it was to actually accomplish. The way the story played out it seemed ownership wanted it to happen and Myers had to spend hours upon hours figuring out how to do it. Basketball Insiders

The Yahoo Sports report Tuesday said Malone would go weeks without speaking to Jackson last season while serving as his lead assistant. The report focused on Jackson’s relationship with first-year assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, who was reassigned to a position with the Warriors’ NBA Development League team in Santa Cruz. “What goes on in Golden State right now is really none of my business,” Malone said Wednesday. “Whatever happened between coach Jackson and Scalabrine, that’s on them. I will say this: I had two great years in Golden State. I consider myself a very small part of the success we had last year. As for one thing that has been reported, Mark Jackson and I still have a relationship.” Sacramento Bee

Malone took exception to the notion he could go weeks without talking to Jackson. Malone also said he didn’t want any reports to become a distraction. “We spoke as assistant coach and head coach,” Malone said. “He hired me to help him, and that’s what I did there. I think the record that they have right now being 17 games over .500 speaks for itself, and Mark’s record as a head coach also speaks for itself. But that’s between those guys down there. I have enough problems up here in Sacramento that I have to try to deal with.” Sacramento Bee

March 26, 2014 Updates

Once again, Warriors management has decided not to publicly support Jackson. That trend isn’t lost on a few players who staunchly supports their coach. A few players expressed the dismay at the lack of favor Jackson has despite the success he’s enjoyed the last two seasons. They see that Jackson simply had the final of his year picked up and was not given his extension. They took note when co-owner Joe Lacob told Tim Kawakami he was disappointed and had some concerns about Jackson. And while Jackson has been constantly under attack, they’ve noticed no one has come out to Jackson’s defense. San Jose Mercury-News

Multiple players have told me they get the sense Jackson could end up leaving – whether it is by Jackson’s choice or management’s. Whether these divisive undercurrents are problematic remains to be seen. It may even help, if they play harder for him if they feel their coach is under appreciated. Or, what if the message from management starts to filter into the pysche of the players? Will they invest as much in a coach they might see is on his way out or that management doesn’t want around? San Jose Mercury-News

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