Warriors’ co-owner Joe Lacob apologizes for comments about Mark Jackson

Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob apologized Sunday for comments he made last week at a venture capitalists luncheon in Menlo Park regarding his reasons for firing coach Mark Jackson.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark Jackson and what he accomplished as our head coach,” Lacob said. “He did a terrific job. I’ve said that many times over the last several months and in recent days, including at this week’s event. I was asked to draw comparisons earlier this week between building businesses in the tech world and the sports world, and unfortunately, I used some poor judgment. That’s my mistake. I did attempt to reach out to Mark on Friday, and I certainly apologize for my comments and any unintended harm. I know that Mark will succeed again in this business.”

Lacob made the recorded comments Wednesday – seven months after firing Jackson – and the YouTube video has since been removed by the interviewer. At the time of Lacob’s comments, the Warriors were 15-2 and off to the best start in franchise history under new coach Steve Kerr.

“You can’t have a staff underneath you that isn’t that good,” Lacob said as part of a question-and-answer session. “And if you’re going to get better, you’ve got to have really good assistants. You’ve got to have people that can be there to replace you. We all know this from all of our companies. It’s … Management 101.

“Carte blanche. Take my wallet. Do whatever it is to get the best assistants that are in the world. Period. End of story. Don’t want to hear it. And (Jackson’s) answer … was, ‘Well, I have the best staff.’ No you don’t.”

Lacob explained that another reason Jackson was fired after leading the team to back-to-back playoff appearances was how the coach was perceived by others in the organization.

“Part of it was that he couldn’t get along with anybody else in the organization,” Lacob said. “And look, he did a great job, and I’ll always compliment him in many respects, but you can’t have 200 people in the organization not like you.”

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  • devarajaswami

    I think Joe Lacob is just full of it.
    If he was so willing to open up his checkbook, why didn’t he re-sign Jarret Jack at that time? And Carl Landry? Why did he take so long to pay up for Klay, and even then a less-than-max deal?
    Lacob was pissed that Mark Jackson didn’t kow-tow to him, and didn’t let his son meddle with the team, so he lies outright to his VC buddies that “200 people” in the organization didn’t like Jackson. What he meant was him, his son, Brian Scalabrine and Darren Erman.
    If he had just said “Mark didn’t maximize our team’s offensive potential”, everybody would have nodded their head and moved on.
    Now, with his uncalled-for public denigration of Jackson, he is losing respect with the Bay Area public as just another rich, megalomaniac VC, as well as the respect of the players.

  • Joseph Quick

    He claims that over 200 people in the organization didn’t like Mark Jackson? I find that hard to believe given Mark’s character. How would he even possibly guide a team to the WESTERN CONFERENCE playoffs with the entire organization against him? Certainly Lacob can say and do what he wants, but in my lifetime the warriors have always been terrible. The worst rebounders and defenders. Mark Jackson entirely changed that culture better than anyone could have, and the Warriors would not be the team they are today without him. Show the man some respect, he earned it.

  • J Haskins

    F Lacob up his %!@! It’s not enough that he kicks Jackson to da curb unceremoniously, totally discounting how he completely changed the culture of our team. Now he feels he neefs to twist the knife and say Jackson couldn’t get along with the whole organization? Really? Thats BS! Lacob is unnecessarily trying to ruin Jackson’s chances at another job associating him with this kind of radioactivity. I went to every game Jackson coached give or take a handful. I have never seen a coach consistently acknowledge EVERYBODY, from the lowly security guard, ushers, on up. He always displayed a positive energy that not only the players, but everybody fed off of. He personified class. That’s why I’m not surprised Jackson has taken the high road, not coming back to dignify the classless Lacob with a comment.

    Further, I don’t think Lacob thought about apologizing on his own. I think someone in the organization (maybe Jerry West) told him that that comment was in bad taste, and suggested he apologize. I’ve been a die hard Warriors fan since before Run TMC. That said, I appreciate Steve Kerr and where the Warriors are right now. But honestly, these are all Jackson’s players who are all healthy. People forget that our starting 5 played less than 45 games together. But when healthy, they also had a 10 game winning streak last year. So when I consider all of that, Lacob is even more of a d-bag. If I didn’t love the Warriors so much I would sell my friggin tickets. Ok rant over

  • J Haskins

    Steph Curry: “This is an unfortunate distraction from what is going on with us right now. My whole thing is don’t discredit coach Jackson b/c he was a great coach for us”

  • Larry Whyttenberg

    Excellent points, couldn’t agree with you more. Especially the part about injuries..can’t blame Jackson for that. Bogut is huge for kerr