Let me start here (something I heard from several sources): Don’t believe that the Golden State locker room/coaching staff/organization is a hippie love in just because they are near Berkley. There are some tensions in there, some real frustrations, just ones masked by wins.
Which brings us to this news:
Warriors coach Mark Jackson has forced the franchise to re-assign one of his assistant coaches — beloved former Celtics and Bulls player Brian Scalabrine — to get him off the bench, something reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.
Ownership and management have been strong advocates of Scalabrine and his performance on the job, sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, Warriors officials decided that as long as Jackson is the head coach, he’ll have control of his coaching staff.
It is immediately unclear what kind of a role the Warriors will transition Scalabrine, but management has no intention of letting him leave the organization, sources said.
Over the past two years, Jackson’s difficulty with managing his coaching staff and creating a functional work environment has developed into one of the issues that threatens his future on the job, league sources said.
If you remember earlier this year, Jackson stood up for Jason Kidd when Kidd pushed Lawrence Frank off his bench. Those comments are more interesting now.
That Jackson is in some trouble has been a rumbling for a while around the league. Jackson has one season after this on his contract and if the Warriors have a good playoff run he will not be going anywhere. However, if they are bumped in the first round things could get interesting, either way there is no talk of an extension going on.
Wojnarowski reports that Jackson had put out feelers last summer for other open jobs, including the Nets and Clippers openings.
The Warriors plan to keep Scalabrine in the organization in some yet-to-be-defined role.
Mike Malone had been the former lead assistant to Jackson in Golden State and that was rumored to be a very tense relationship (Wojnarowski reports they didn’t speak for weeks at times) and Malone bolted to take over the Sacramento Kings when the opportunity arose this summer. (He had been looking for a head coaching job for years.)
All of this is to say, the Warriors are a team to watch this summer, especially if they have an early playoff exit and don’t look like a team that has progressed from last season.