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Mark Jackson tells Dan Patrick if not fired he might have resigned (VIDEO)


We’ve mentioned this about Mark Jackson getting fired as coach of the Golden State Warriors a few times, but it bears repeating — this was more of a mutual decision than many realize.

To the point that Jackson considered resigning if he had not been fired, he told Dan Patrick.

I’m not sure I buy that — I don’t think Jackson was going to walk away from $2.75 million. But that he was frustrated and okay with being let go is a better way to phrase it.

Jackson had created a “our locker room against the world” mentality that the players ate up. However that outside world included the front office and ownership, and that created a divisive situation, one that was abrasive to both sides. There was simply a huge cultural divide, very different perspectives and personalities between the coach and the owner, and that just could not be sustained.

Tim Kawakami from the San Jose Mercury News also joined Dan Patrick to talk about the situation.

Warriors’ owner says Iguodala sent word during playoffs he liked Golden State

Andre Iguodala

Denver was a 57-win team last season, but one that lost a star player to injury (Danilo Gallinari) then was bounced in the first round by Golden State. Still, after that success the upheaval they underwent this summer was a surprise — gone was the GM to Toronto, the coach was fired, and their biggest name player Andre Iguodala bolted via free agency for Golden State.

Except maybe the last part of that wasn’t such a surprise.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob sat down with the San Francisco Chronicle for an in depth Q&A that covers the plans for a new arena and the challenges there, changing the culture of the franchise and more.

Then he slipped in this about the Iguodala signing (hat tip Denver Stiffs).

“It’s interesting, during one of the playoff games in Denver, I was sitting on the floor. It turned out per chance, that one of his cousins was sitting behind us. We introduced and got to know him during the first game. When we came back for the second game, he made it pretty clear that Andre liked the Warriors, liked the organization. Obviously, I couldn’t talk about that at the time, but when he did become a free agent, I didn’t have to sell a lot. He was pretty sold. He sees how we do things, and the word gets out among the players.”

Nuggets fans will read this and see as a guy ready to bolt, a guy who committed a treasonous act during the playoffs. I get that.

To me, what this really shows is how things get done in the NBA — there is a river full of back channel communications like this and we occasionally hear a few drops of it.

Between agents, family members and entourages a lot of things get passed along to owners, GMs, coaches and other people around teams. When a guy is about to be a free agent, franchises where he wants to land get word — as happened here — that said player would love for the team to make an offer. In this case, I’d be surprised if Golden State was the only team told to make an offer — this is a business and Iguodala wanted to have options. Iguodala took a little less to go there. He really did want to be part of what is being built in the Bay Area.

Whatever that turns out to be.

Video: Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks move to San Francisco

Joe Lacob, David Stern, Ed Lee, Peter Guber

The Golden State Warriors pulled out the dog and pony for a show on what they hope will be the new home of their team in five years — Piers 30/32 in San Francisco. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was there, David Stern was there, the wind off the bay was there as always. The goal was to kick of the development plan on the site.

It’s a long way from reality — major urban developments are fraught with challenges, put it on the California coast and you might as well double the issues (state and environmental restrictions). But they are trying. Above is Warriors owner Joe Lacob speaking about the project. If you want more, check out the full story from Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com. Here is his quote from David Stern.

“There is an ownership group in place that is both emotionally connected to sports and understands the impact that sports has on the community,” Stern said. “I often talk about the same theme that Peter [Guber] echoed, that arenas are the place where 20,000 people come together, with perhaps 19,000 perfect strangers to share in the collective exercise of rooting the home team on to victory. And that’s reflected on our court as well — where it doesn’t matter where you came from, if you’ve got game, you’re going to be on the team.”

Warriors to make plans for San Francisco move formal

Warriors logo

Everyone has known for a year that the Golden State Warriors new ownership wanted to move the team out of Oakland to a new arena in San Francisco. It was no surprise when word leaked over the weekend that a plan was well along in the works.

At a press conference Tuesday the Warriors will make formal their plans to build a new arena at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco. NBA Commissioner David Stern and the San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will be on hand to back the idea.

Golden State’s goal would be to move there in the fall of 2017 (when their lease is up in Oakland) but that may not be a realistic timeframe.

The site is right on the water not far from AT&T Park where baseball’s Giant’s play, next to the Bay Bridge. It is a stunning location. While officials in Oakland are fighting to keep the team on their side of the bridge, it seems a lost cause.

But don’t expect things to go quickly for this building. Even though it is reportedly going to be all privately financed.

As someone who in a previous life wrote about plenty of urban infill development efforts, know that this project has a lot of hurdles. First, any coastal development in California comes with an added layer of state bureaucracy (the Coastal Commission). There are tough environmental laws. Plus, there are residents in that area and those who would lose their views of the Bay Bridge will fight the plan (business in the area may as well).

There are also rumors this project is severely under-parked, always a major development hurdle. (The developer will say “people will take mass transit” but reality is always different.)

But the Warriors new ownership seems committed to the plan and if they have the money that goes a long way to making it a reality. Just don’t expect it to move quickly.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks about getting booed

Lacob Chris Mullin AP

I’ve been hard on Joe Lacob the last 24 hours saying that he brought the boos on himself. First, never take the microphone after the guest of honor (he spoke after Chris Mullin at Mullin’s jersey retirement). Second, he has broken the classic marketing rule — he’s over-promised and under-delivered as Warriors owner so far. The franchise talked playoffs despite a blah roster, Lacob talked Klay Thompson as rookie of the year, he called the Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut trade “transcendent.”

But you have got to give the man this — he is not hiding. He got booed by the fans and the next day did talk radio and sat down for a show on CSNBayArea to talk about it. We have that video above.

Warriors fans, this guy and this ownership are better than the previous ownership. First, they are really trying to change things. They are being more open. Yes, the proof is in the results and they have yet to get any. Yes, they hired a coach without any previous coaching experience. There have been missteps. But you can see a real  commitment to trying to turn the franchise around, and that alone is a refreshing change. He deserves some time to try and do that before you turn on him.

Oh, and pick your spots better to express your displeasure.