Whatever Golden State management has decided on coach Mark Jackson and his future with the Golden State Warriors, they are going to get to it quickly.
According to multiple reports Jackson is meeting with owner Joe Lacob and other senior management with the Warriors Tuesday morning (Pacific time) and there will be an answer quickly on his future.
Jackson may well be let go at these meetings.
Jackson has a lot of support in the Warriors locker room — Stephen Curry has been the lead cheerleader and called for Jackson to be retained. The Warriors did win 51 games and advance to the playoffs in consecutive years under Jackson, the first time that has happened for the franchise since the 1990s.
But Jackson doesn’t have a lot of fans in management.
First, this is a hands-on ownership group that expected even better results — last season they made the second round of the playoffs, this season they were bounced in the first (in part because of the Andrew Bogut injury, in part because they were up against a very good Clippers team).
Jackson also has made some assistant coaches uncomfortable — Brian Scalabrine was demoted to the D-League and Darren Erman was let go for recording conversations without people knowing, something he did because of a lack of trust. Both of those were favorites of management. Jackson has rubbed people the wrong way.
If, as rumored, Lacob and management want to go after Steve Kerr as their next coach they need to move quickly before he signs with the Knicks, a deal that is close but not finalized. The other name thrown around as a potential coach is Stan Van Gundy.
If you’re going to fire a successful and popular coach you better have an upgrade ready to go. You have to upgrade or it looks bad (see Denver and Memphis, although the Grizzlies played very well when healthy this season).