Mark Jackson was fired as head coach of the Warriors on Tuesday, a move that was only partially related to the team’s performance in terms of wins and losses.
Jackson had poor relationships with members of the front office that included ownership, and that more than anything is what ultimately caused the team to decide to go in a different direction.
The Warriors may have underachieved this year based on preseason expectations. But taking the Clippers to seven games without their best defensive player in Andrew Bogut was overachieving in most people’s eyes, even when taking into account the distraction L.A. endured in the middle of the series by having to deal with the Donald Sterling nonsense.
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But again, this year’s first round exit played only a small role in Jackson’s termination, and the expectations placed on the team moving forward will be someone else’s problem. With Jackson now gone, he said the pressure is now on the front office to deliver something better.
JACKSON: I want to thank the Warriors organization for giving me a chance and thank the incredible fans in the area. And thank my players who I love and appreciate.
We accomplished a lot in three years and we should be proud. I wish them nothing but the best.
But to me, now the pressure’s on for them to get a championship. It’s not the time for them to be patient any more. This is a championship-caliber team. We were in the playoffs without David last year, and we were without Bogut this year.
When this team is healthy, it is a legit contender. That’s something that we’re all looking at going forward.
There were rumblings that Jackson was much more of a motivator than he was an Xs and Os genius, and the question this season isn’t whether or not the Warriors should be satisfied with the result, but whether or not another head coach could have done better.
The pressure on the front office to make a hire which will propel the organization forward is immense, and Jackson had no trouble verbalizing that following his dismissal.