HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

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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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

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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