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Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson has history of Jason Collins quotes and one he writes is a lie

Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson has addressed an SFBay.ca report claiming that before gay NBA player Jason Collins signed with Brooklyn in February, Jackson had told reporters regarding the possible big-man addition, “Not in my locker room.”

Asked on Twitter on Monday if he was quoted correctly, Jackson wrote, “Lies!!”

If Jackson indeed was quoted correctly (I do not recall the conversation if it took place after I started on the beat in late January), it would go against what the ordained minister told reporters April 29, 2013 on the day Collins came out in a Sports Illustrated article.

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Asked then if Collins would be welcomed on the Warriors, Jackson said of the player he got to know while serving as a Nets broadcaster, “If he had game. If he could help this team. Right now (during a playoff series against Denver), he can’t help this team.”

In that same interview session with reporters, Jackson opened himself up to criticism in also saying, “As a Christian man, I have beliefs of what’s right and what’s wrong. That being said, I know Jason Collins, I know his family. And certainly praying for them at this time.”

But asked on The Dan Patrick Show in February four days after Collins signed with the Nets, Jackson said his belief in the Bible did not affect how he saw a gay basketball player.

“At the end of the day, I’m a pastor,” Jackson said. “I have my beliefs as a pastor and as a believer, and that’s not going to change. I love Jason Collins. And I think this is a basketball story. I think we’re doing a poor job as a society making it something that it’s not. I’m happy for him, wish him nothing but the best, but it’s a basketball story.

“If a guy can get it done on the floor, then that’s the story. I don’t think it’s any other story. Are you good enough to play on this level? And the Nets think that Jason Collins is, and they went after him, and he’s now a member of the Brooklyn Nets. More power to him.”

Diamond Leung

  • Stan

    Joe Lacob and Son’s Gerbels like media campaign against Jackson is way out of hand. When Lowell Cohn parrots the slogan of “7 losses” and Yahoo’s Korzimor and Tomkins flock with him,I know a set up to get a guy when I see it.
    Whatever that blog is…they are most likely like BASG, getting money,prizes and who knows what else from local teams.
    I mean,we are now well into weeks now after the firing and Joe Lacob hasn’t backed up his word with one example of Mark Jackson being inappropriate.
    If Joe Lacob’s over the bay stadium idea and giving away Lin are any example,firing Jackson might be more in line with those as his talents…

  • Stan

    Mark Jackson took Don Nelsons and Larry Riley’s losers..and made them winners. And what are the local media saying? “Kerr makes harmony”.. Kerr hasn’t done a damm thing. And there was plenty of harmony under Jackson where it counted..in the win column.

  • BananaSpartan

    To my knowledge, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Jarrett Jack (2012-2013), Festus Ezeli, Draymond Green, and Carl Landry (2012-2013) were not part of Don Nelson and Larry Riley. David Lee was traded for when Nelson was still technically the coach, but never played for Nelson. I don’t think Curry was ever a “loser” as a pro; he jus played on lousy teams his first couple of seasons.
    As for arguing whether Jackson won a lot the last 2 seasons, sure, he did. My argument for Jackson’s being let go has to do with the disturbing, late 4th quarter playoff collapses in 2013 Game 6 vs. Denver and the following Game 1 at San Antonio, and several poor performances, at home, this season.
    I have to wonder had Jackson been retained, would the Warriors have continued on an upward trend? There is no guarantee that they would have. I feel that Jackson was the perfect coach to have the last 3 years, with a young team that needed nurturing and an culture of being accountable on defense. I think they now need something a little different. They definitely have more offensive talent than what their offensive output showed last season. This is not a team that should endure long scoring droughts. I can’t find the quote, but I recall, late in the season, Klay Thompson mentioned that Coach Jackson “didn’t care what they did offensively” as long as they paid attention to defense. I don’t think Thompson meant to say it as a knock on his coach, but it led me to believe that Jackson did not place the kind of attention to offense that’s needed at the NBA level.

  • willow

    “I mean,we are now well into weeks now after the firing and Joe Lacob hasn’t backed up his word with one example of Mark Jackson being inappropriate.”
    I believe that’s called taking the high road. What good could possibly come from Lacob trashing Jackson in the press, especially given the positive aspects Jackson did bring to the team?
    He’s gone now and Warriors fans would do well to embrace the new coach, his contrasting offensive philosophy of player and ball movement over isolation play, and his refreshing communication style.

  • Stan

    HIGH ROAD!!!..LOL…I haven’t seen such a smear campaign since Hue Jackson. And this ups that by far.

    You tell me what you imagine Kurt Lacob- Joe’s son- could possibly lecture Mark Jackson about on running a basketball team? I don’t see flunkster Kawakami holding Lacob remotely to the same standards that he does Harbaugh. MT2 has embarrassed himself. How he ever looks Mark Jackson in the face again,I will never know. Same for Poole.
    Its why the media in bay area sports is hustlers and shills. They love who they are told to love…and they are told to hate Mark Jackson like sfebaysport.com or whatever crock blob that is,they do. And then they cash the Joe Lacob freebies…

  • Stan

    “A source close to the team” WHo??..the hot dog vender? the owner???..who? Wow- what journalism . And nice of Joe Lacob to egg it on with nothing decent to say on Jackson’s behalf on that smear quote.
    If Scott Welt has half a brain? He better not trust or confide anything with that organization. He would have to be delusional with the back stabbing he’s seen already. He was better off knowing where the preacher stood then he does now with Lacob and Son.

  • jsl165

    Jax has smeared himself; and has only got worse since he was canned.

    No one ‘hates’ the man; that’s just a simpleton’s thoughtless canard. But the vast majority are happy he’s history here.

  • jsl165

    Excellent — and total — rebuttal.

    The few remaining Jax-heads are much like Fox News talking heads: bereft of intelligent thought. And they know as much about bball as Fox does about news.

  • jsl165

    Clueless, Stan.

    Stop whining, and put on that learning cap.

  • Stan

    Smeared himself? Quotes made up by SF garbage.com? YOU are the simpelton, A simple bigot.

  • Stan

    Lacob,Lacob,Meyers,Welt,West,…Kerr. I see a pattern.
    Some are the “thinkers”..the rest of the representative 90% of the NBA ?..lol. As they used to say..don’t have the “essentials” Warriors want . Not even a Lin who went to Harvard could be hired…

  • jsl165

    QED, Stan.

    But you hang in there, tweeting “Lies!” as is your hero’s tack.

    Sheesh! You give stupidity a bad name, my thoughtless compadre.

  • jsl165

    TSTTS.

  • jsl165

    Um, Scott Welt?

    Hmmmm.

  • DrayDray

    the gay mafia at it again. I’m happy MJ isn’t our coach but i dont get going after him because of his praying comment. Couldn’t that mean he was praying for them because of all the pressure and media crap they’d be dealing with? he didnt say he was praying to get the gay out of Collins.

  • Stan

    Now even MT2 is calling it a smear campaign? Where did you readers read that first?.

  • Stan

    And why? Because – I think- Jackson gave a good verbal spanking to Joe Lacob’s prima donna son. This firing is personal. And so is the post firing smearing of Jackson’s character.
    Overall? Lacob’s, fire a coach a year reputation,while Jackson was welcomed back to ESPN or even coaching if he wants to, says a lot.

  • thewarriorsrule

    agree

  • thewarriorsrule

    great post! i absolutely agree, jackson is good for a rebuilding squad, but he’s not championship material, which is what we need for the next step. yes, the inconsistency and home losses this year were quite disturbing.

  • thewarriorsrule

    agree

  • thewarriorsrule

    lol, i think he meant rick welts?

    getting pointless to even respond to Stan now…

  • jsl165

    It does seem like he’s a few cards short of a deck, doesn’t it?