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.