Why In The World Did The Warriors Just Decide To Fire Their Head Coach Mark Jackson?
Over the course of the last 36 months, Mark Jackson has done a lot of really good things for the Golden State Warriors organization. Jackson, who started coaching the team back in 2011, started off slow, finishing just 23-43 during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season. But since then, his track record has been stellar. He guided the Warriors to a 47-35 record last season and followed it up by leading the team to a 51-31 record this season. The Warriors did lose to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. But despite that loss, Jackson had the Warriors on the path to success. So we were a little surprised—okay, very surprised—to see the Warriors decide to fire Jackson on Tuesday afternoon. All he did was win with the Warriors and now they’re cutting him loose?
The truth is that Jackson has been on the outs in Oakland for quite some time now. We’re not exactly sure what he did or why Warriors management wasn’t seeing eye-to-eye with him. But for the last few weeks now, we’ve heard that Jackson’s job might be on the line. And while we refused to believe that the Warriors would fire him after the season that he just had, we also knew that it was very possible that it could happen because, for whatever reason, the Warriors didn’t seem to want him anymore. The success wasn’t enough for them. They wanted something more.
As of right now, there are lots of Warriors fans out there who are upset about their team cutting ties with Jackson. And we don’t blame them. Jackson is an up-and-coming coach who is definitely going to catch on with another team soon. Whether it be the Los Angeles Lakers or the New York Knicks, Jackson is going to find another job. At least, we think he is. Who knows? Maybe the real story behind his departure from the Warriors will come out and prevent him from getting a gig. But as of right now, we can’t understand why in the world the Warriors didn’t want him. In a league that respects winners so much, all Jackson did was rack up Ws. And yet, that wasn’t enough. So now the Warriors are headed back to the drawing board…and Mark Jackson is headed to a new team. What a crazy way to end an otherwise great season.