HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

April 11, 2014 Updates

Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob declined to assess the job coach Mark Jackson has done this season, saying it would be evaluated after the season whether or not the team meets expectations. "We're having a good year, and it's not over yet," Lacob said after being honored Wednesday with an award at a fundraiser for First Graduate. "Interim results do not matter. Remember this: What matters is at the end of the year. We take a look back at how we did and see where we can improve." Asked about Jackson, Lacob noted general manager Bob Myers already addressed the issue with a vote of confidence and that he would "let those words suffice." "We believe that Mark is fully capable, and we're confident in his ability to keep going in the right direction, keep propelling us like he has all year, and we believe that he's going to continue to be successful," Myers said Saturday after the firing of assistant coach Darren Erman. "We believe in his ability the rest of the way." Times-Herald

April 7, 2014 Updates

The man in the middle of the storm smiled, joked and arched his eyebrows at the thorniest questions Sunday. No, Mark Jackson wasn't about to lose his cool. Especially not now, not after two of his assistants have lost their jobs within the last few weeks, not with the NBA universe openly curious about Jackson's job security. That's his great strength -- the Warriors' self-assured coach never melts under the spotlight, and his players take their cues from him. Oakland Tribune

But this is who Jackson is, it has worked well for the Warriors so far, and he's not changing now. In fact, as the questions piled up Sunday, Jackson all but yawned. "My job will be determined on winning," Jackson said before an easy victory over Utah. "I'm fine with that ... "The talk about what these two (ex-assistants) have done, that has nothing to do with me." Oakland Tribune

But there has been grumbling about the team's occasional lack of urgency and Jackson's offensive system, which often bogs down in isolation sets with little movement. Some of that grumbling has come from people in the Warriors front office, by the way. At times, Jackson has reacted to the chatter indirectly by declaring that this franchise has a history of losing, is winning now and should act like it knows the difference. On Sunday, when I asked how he'd describe his relationship with co-owner Joe Lacob, Jackson said there are no problems between them. Oakland Tribune

April 6, 2014 Updates
April 5, 2014 Updates

As today's news was breaking, I was told by a Warriors source that circumstances of Erman's dismissal are "very, very unfortunate" and made it sound like an isolated incident, but the source also didn't argue that everything that happens now is against the backdrop of a lot of coach/management tension. Everything is part of the larger story, and it all points to this: The Warriors are not going into the playoffs at full strength and Jackson's tenure will be judged largely based on the team's perceived success or failure in these playoffs. After the Erman firing, the Warriors are down to three holdover assistants -- Pete Myers, Lindsey Hunter, Ernie DeGregorio -- and now development assistant Joe Boylan presumably will move into an official assistant role. (Boylan did the halftime TV interview last night, a virtual kiss of death lately for Jackson assistants.) Contra Costa Times

By the way, for their sake, I sure hope Erman wasn't the guy assigned the Clippers advance-prep work all season, though I think there's a good chance he was. If he did the prep work, most of it is probably gone with his firing, right in time for the probable first-round matchup with ... the Clippers. Oops. Contra Costa Times

April 3, 2014 Updates

A first-round exit would certainly put Jackson in immediate danger. And you can probably do the math on how perilous things get if the Dubs miss the playoffs altogether. But the overwhelming support Jackson gets from his players, particularly Curry, is no small thing. ESPN.com

The clashes with Scalabrine and former top aide Mike Malone last season have doomed Jackson to unavoidable whispers about how he coexists with his assistant coaches. Skepticism about Jackson's tactical nous isn't going away either, until there's more than one impressive playoff run on his résumé. ESPN.com

Asked if it's safe to say that Jackson's ouster would be received in the locker as an unpopular choice if it comes to that at season's end, Curry didn't hesitate, saying: "To me it would. Everybody has their own opinion, but he's completely changed the culture here in three short years. I don't think there would be a lot of smiles if that went down." ESPN.com

Last week's reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to Golden State's D-League franchise in nearby Santa Cruz has put Jackson and his Bay Area future in the crosshairs, mostly because it invites detractors to suggest that the curious timing of the move is symptomatic of more serious discord behind the scenes. "Now we're supposedly 'dysfunctional,'" Curry told ESPN.com an hour before tipoff Tuesday night, adding his own air quotes and insisting that you can't find anyone playing for Jackson who would make such a claim. The real deal? As Curry sees it? "Coach inspires every single person in this locker room," Golden State's franchise player said. ESPN.com

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