Jon Becker

  • John K

    Coach Jackson took way too long to figure out how to use his timeouts and bench. DID he really figure things out anyway??? Slow starts all year? A barely average winning record in front of the greatest crowd in the NBA? A mummified silence while his players were abused by foul disparity?

    In fact, if he puts in Speights for rebounding/defense at the end of game 7, the Warriors would be playing OKC right now. Instead, we were treated to watching Lee get repeatedly posterized by DeAndre while losing contact with the biggest man on the floor.

    He’s going to have plenty of time to prepare for his sermons, because no one is going to swoop him up after other teams catch wind of his inter-office friction. Why didn’t Jackson have any support from within the organization (besides the players?)

    Jerry West is a bonafide winner with years of basketball knowledge. Doesn’t it seem strange that he has been extremely quiet over the last year? I think Jackson’s exit brings back an open dialogue with West, the assistant coaches and everyone else who can help this team get over the hump. Once Curry sees how real game management is handled, all will be forgiven. Hopefully, getting a ring will help too. Go WARRIORS

  • CTom

    If anybody thinks Mark Jackson didn’t have a positive impact on this team, you’re either delusional or you don’t understand the importance of respect or buy-in, in relation to being a leader/coach. From all the information available, it’s clear that there were personality differences that were too great between him and the rest of the front office to overcome. This seems to be related to his devout Christian views and/or his inability to relinquish control over who his coaching staff is or will be.; It makes sense since Lacob is Jewish and he thinks of himself as a “basketball expert”. It was a direct clash in egos. Obviously, in Lacob’s eyes, Joe knows best. Let’s just hope what Joe knows along with his deep pockets, he continues to makes moves that are beneficial to the team. I just hope nobody is surprised if the W’s miss the playoffs next season or if there’s a noticeable regression in team chemistry. The only positive to this situation at the moment is that they didn’t drag it out and the team can close this part of the book and start fresh without the uncertainty of whether or not Jackson will return next season. Start the grieving process early and allow the entire team to regroup, isn’t a bad move. The bad move is idiotic casual fans trying to pontificate on this matter by saying Mark Jackson was a bad coach. If anything, he’s a new coach with only 3 years of experience who did an incredible job over the last 3 years but can’t get along with anyone who didn’t see things his way.

  • Stan

    His crime was doing it his way,and must not have been shy at telling anybody but Joe Lacob to butt the hell out. He won,but the criteria is win while passing out the credit. I think Mark felt..”Losers for 25 years,and now they win with ME”. The letters m and e are in team.
    Like with Hue Jackson,winning isn’t enough. And that was crazy that Reggie fired him for Dennis the Menace.

  • Dave

    See Adam’s blog for:

    Firing Mark Jackson: Hard, Right and Necessary for the Next Step. This sums it up perfectly.

  • Dave

    Half the locker room wasn’t even behind Jackson like Curry said they were. I know why Curry liked Jackson. He was cool and had 30 minute practices. No preperation.

  • snuffyjoe

    He was a player’s coach but apparently not a coach’s coach or an owner’s coach. They had a good couple seasons – best in a long time. But, the owners have a vision for the team and don’t believe Jackson is the guy to carry out their vision. I like the moves the owners have made and like that they are not afraid to try stuff. Unless I learn everything that has gone on behind the scenes, I’m going to have to defer to the owners and trust them on this one.l

  • greenjorge

    Deadspin has a piece this afternoon reviewing the history of sexual misbehavior and financial mismanagement accusations against Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento mayor and ex-NBA star who acted as an unofficial advisor to the NBA players’ union during the early days of the Donald Sterling scandal. The accusations have been public for some time, but received little attention during Johnson’s involvement in the Sterling incident, during which he pushed NBA commissioner Adam Silver to issue the maximum possible punishment.

    It’s a complicated story, but there are three threads.

    1) An investigation by a federal oversight agency into the administration of federal funds at Johnson’s St. HOPE Academy group in Sacramento. Investigators accused Johnson’s group of misusing public funds, some of which they agreed to repay in a settlement.

    2) Reports of inappropriate sexual behavior on Johnson’s part towards five St. HOPE students, allegations that were uncovered in the course of the financial investigation. It doesn’t appear that any legal action ensued, but two former St. HOPE staff members are on the record as having left the organization in protest when Johnson went unpunished.

    3) A case from the 1990s involving the alleged molestation of a girl Johnson met when she was 15, which includes taped statements by Johnson that are, at the least, concerning (“the hug was more intimate than it should have been”). Johnson settled the case for $230,000.

    Again, it’s a complicated story—for one, Johnson is an up-and-coming Democrat and the investigator who looked into St. HOPE was a conservative who would later squabble with with Obama appointees—and you should read the whole Deadspinpiece if you can.

  • Tired

    Excellent post. Jackson reached his level of incompetence with the Ws. No one is saying he didn’t have some positive influence, but he is a one trick pony who brought his religion into the locker room and recorded sermons from his Ws office.
    Time to go.