HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

December 17, 2014 Updates

Yet late Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena, after the Kings fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-92, another possible candidate emerged in the most convenient of ways: former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson. After calling the game courtside for ESPN, Jackson had a lengthy meeting with Mullin, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins inside the "Chairman's Lounge" where they had requested that arena workers and others give them some privacy. USA Today Sports

The Jackson possibility was previously known, and the dynamics on display leading up to their meeting said everything about why the Kings might be seriously interested in bringing him aboard. According to one of the participants, Cousins expressed a desire to meet Jackson, whose ability to connect with his players during the last three seasons with the Warriors was a very real and valuable part of his successes there. And while his firing with the Warriors had everything to do with his inability to connect with owner Joe Lacob and management near the end, the deep roots that already exist here would clearly aid the potential partnership. USA Today Sports

Jackson, Mullin, and Cousins entered the room at approximately 10:20 p.m. Pacific time, with Cousins sporting a black suit as he continues to recover from his bout with viral meningitis that has kept him out of action since Nov. 26. D'Alessandro joined them approximately 20 minutes into the meeting, and the group finally exited just before midnight, long after the room had been cleared so that they could have a moment to discuss, well, connect the dots yourself. USA Today Sports

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TNT’s Reggie Miller joined the show to talk about the big storylines in the League. Miller weighed in on high-profile players protesting – he said there could be a precedent issue if players protest about an issue in a way that’s not in line with what a lot of people think. Reggie also weighed in on the Warriors owner’s statement on former coach Mark Jackson. And he weighed in on how long Kobe Bryant will play. The Dan Patrick Show

Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson referenced Joe Lacob in his sermon at his church Sunday, saying the co-owner “put me on blast.” Smiling as he spoke to members of a cheering congregation, Jackson said in recorded comments that Lacob “said I was good for nothing, an owner that knew me for three years and spent a couple of minutes around me, an owner that had the audacity to say that 200 folks don’t like me in the business.” Contra Costa Times

December 8, 2014 Updates

The Warriors responded to the imbroglio between Joe Lacob and Mark Jackson on Monday, a day after the team’s co-owner issued an apologetic statement for ripping the former head coach. “I think it’s unfortunate that it’s a distraction from what’s going on right now,” point guard Stephen Curry said before the team played Minnesota. “Obviously, we’re playing well. You can nitpick what’s different between this year and last year, but you’re talking about two great coaches. I feel like Coach Kerr is doing his job great, and Coach Jackson did his job the way he thought was right. Obviously, there was a lot of success with it.” San Francisco Chronicle

Curry seemed to appreciate Lacob offering the apology. “For him to apologize, it’s a big gesture,” Curry said. “My whole thing is not to discredit anything Coach Jackson did, because he was such a great coach for us and elevated a lot of our individual games. I’m proud of that and appreciate that. “Obviously, it’s a new era and a new experience that we’re in right now and that we’re enjoying.” San Francisco Chronicle

At a luncheon for venture capitalists on Dec. 3, Lacob said, referring to Jackson's firing, that "part of it was that he couldn't get along with anybody else in the organization. And look, he did a great job, and I'll always compliment him in many respects, but you can't have 200 people in the organization not like you." Lacob apologized on Sunday via email to Bay Area News Group. ESPN.com

Of Lacob, Curry said: "For him to apologize is a big gesture." "My whole thing is not to discredit anything Coach Jackson did because he was such a great coach for us and elevated a lot of our individual games, and I'm proud of that and appreciate that. And obviously it's a new era, a new experience that we're in right now, and we're enjoying it." ESPN.com

December 7, 2014 Updates

Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob apologized Sunday for comments he made last week at a venture capitalists luncheon in Menlo Park regarding his reasons for firing coach Mark Jackson. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark Jackson and what he accomplished as our head coach," Lacob said. "He did a terrific job. I've said that many times over the last several months and in recent days, including at this week's event. I was asked to draw comparisons earlier this week between building businesses in the tech world and the sports world, and unfortunately, I used some poor judgment. That's my mistake. I did attempt to reach out to Mark on Friday, and I certainly apologize for my comments and any unintended harm. I know that Mark will succeed again in this business." San Jose Mercury-News

Lacob made the recorded comments Wednesday -- seven months after firing Jackson -- and the YouTube video has since been removed by the interviewer. At the time of Lacob's comments, the Warriors were 15-2 and off to the best start in franchise history under new coach Steve Kerr. San Jose Mercury-News

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