HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

May 13, 2014 Updates

Jackson waited a long time after he retired as a player before becoming a head coach. He had to wait, in part, because he was adamant that he wouldn't start his coaching career as an assistant, like almost all ex-players of all races have to do as they break into the ranks. When you asked him about it during his ABC/ESPN days, he would always have some variation on the sentence, "Danny Ainge didn't have to be an assistant." The inference was clear: Ainge got the Suns' head coaching job two years after he retired as a player, having never before been a coach at any level. If he was good enough to step right in as a head coach, Mark Jackson certainly felt he was good enough to do the same. NBA.com

Jackson is, also, a born-again Christian. And this may be the touchiest part of all. It is impossible to talk about religion without someone being greatly offended. I don't think the Warriors are anti-Christian. I do think, because I've spoken with many Evangelical Christians, that they feel their views are often distorted and maligned by those who are not Evangelical Christians. In this context, Jackson's less than complete embrace of Jason Collins after Collins disclosed he was gay last year may have been taken badly within the organization -- which has, for a long time, been among the best in the league at embracing gay causes and events. NBA.com

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I can’t speak for Mark Jackson on this level, but I’m psychoanalyzing based on 36 years of being black and around black men, it stings on a different level when people question your intelligence. I always got the sense that bothered Mark Jackson the most. Hearing that Xs and Os talk was like Marty McFly being called chicken. Jackson is a smart guy. Even if I disagreed with it, he always had a reason and a good explanation. And he liked to debate. For anyone who approached him as if he was smart but you disagreed with his choice, he would engage. San Jose Mercury-News

The narrative (my guy Tim Kawakami hates that word) was never that Jackson’s offensive system wasn’t the most effective. It wasn’t that he had a system but it didn’t quite fit his players. It was that he didn’t have one, he couldn’t coach, he was a motivator. Even though the Warriors offense was mediocre when Malone was with the Warriors, he was considered the brains of the operation. Tom Thibodeau for years has had a great defense and a suspect offense. He’s renown as a great coach. Mark Jackson crafted a great defense, with not great defensive players, and all he hears is he’s just a motivator. San Jose Mercury-News

Jackson has that same set up. Asking him to move midstream is not like asking a UPS worker to transfer. It’s not as simple as you can preach up here. Lacob is asking him to give up his church. He is telling him to relocate his family to the Bay Area, meaning the lifeblood of that church, Jackson and his wife, are gone. That’s not a matter-of-fact thing. San Jose Mercury-News

Lacob, however, doesn’t strike me as the type who feels the need to acquiesce to the people who work for him. They need to learn how to deal with him. And that’s fine. But that’s not how the great owners in this league have worked. Lacob can stand to benefit from considering these elements when he hires. He would be very wise to consider it as it regards to Stephen Curry. One thing his star player appreciated was the lack of negativity in their locker room. No crazy, vile rap music, scarce profanity aimed his way, freedom to pray and talk about stuff that matters to him without being the outsider. San Jose Mercury-News

That’s what we’re talking about here. A society within the society. Jackson, despite playing 17 years, is an outsider in this society. His name got him a shot, his mouth got him the job. But if you talk to just about any black coach privately, they’ll tell you Jackson was fired because he has a shorter leash. He doesn’t have those relationships in that circle, those familial and historic connections to that society. And when he had the chance to cultivate them, he didn’t. If you believe the reports coming out about him, he did the opposite of cultivating. Nor does he have a championship under his belt. So he didn’t get the leeway. San Jose Mercury-News

Last off-season, when Mike Malone took the Kings’ head coaching job, Lacob and Myers approached Jackson about getting another experienced assistant to serve as his chief deputy. Jackson fought hard to promote from within (Pete Myers). The new assistant added to replace Malone — Brian Scalabrine — was at the end of the coaching bench. This decision set the tone, more than any personal squabble over where Jackson would live or where an assistant would park, for how his season would be evaluated. San Jose Mercury-News

Jackson carefully cultivated the image that he was loved by his players. For many, that’s undoubtedly the truth. Curry couldn’t have been more vocal in supporting him and others have weighed in after his departure. But according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation, not everyone felt the same way, with roughly half the locker room ambivalent or worse in their views on Jackson. The public got a glimpse of this during the Bogut sleep-injury brouhaha. What should have been a couple of off-hand remarks, chalked up to the fog of pre-game chatter, instead triggered Jackson’s most heated press conference of the year. San Jose Mercury-News

Jackson addressed the circumstances surrounding both Scalabrine and Erman in detail with the NBA’s Sirius XM radio station on Wednesday. Although he chose not to mention either man by name, Jackson referenced “disrespect” from Scalabrine and referred to Erman’s behavior as “inexcuseable.” The 49-year-old Jackson admitted that he regretted not taking action earlier in response to Scalabrine’s behavior while also suggesting that Erman was guilty of disloyalty. “The one that was demoted [Scalabrine], I would have had handled it six weeks, a month, two months earlier. The things that took place from his side, I would have nipped it in the bud initially. That’s my fault for allowing it to go on. I’m pretty much a guy, just like ministry, I try to show you a different way of handling it. Hope that seeing me handle your disrespect, you’ll come around and realize this isn’t the way to handle it. Fortunately for me, it works for a lot of folks, there are some folks that just won’t get it and you have to handle them differently. I would do that differently. SI.com

May 7, 2014 Updates

Recently-fired Warriors coach Mark Jackson did a bit of a media tour on Wednesday, the day after he was relieved of his coaching duties of a team he took to only a few points away from the second round of the NBA Playoffs this season. In case you somehow didn’t have a chance to listen to everything, we’ve compiled the most interesting things he said: During an appearance on 95.7 The Game: “I wake up absolutely relieved. Because there’s no more unnamed sources that can affect me. I don’t have to answer the question that others won’t answer. I can speak clearly about who I am and how I conduct myself. It’s unfortunate, because everything that the unnamed sources said – that I was done if I did not get out of the first round, that there was friction, that there was this and there was that – and there was claimed to be no unnamed sources. Well, it’s come out true. The unfortunate thing is I go in an office with an owner and a general manager, just us three, and while in our office it’s tweeted out that I’m in a meeting and I’m about to be fired, that’s not how you conduct business. And if that’s how business relationships are supposed to be done well then they’re 100% right, I did not conduct business the right way if that’s the right way. And that’s unfortunate. For The Win

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