HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

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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

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

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

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