By Diamond Leung
Mark Jackson continues to reference Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob in his sermons, with the latest mention coming 10 months after his firing.
“I had a joy when I was coaching,” Jackson said Sunday in recorded comments to his congregation at True Love Worship Center International in Reseda, where he is an ordained minister. “I had a joy when I got fired. The owner of the Golden State Warriors was baffled when I left the meeting, shook his hand and smiled. I said, ‘I’m praying for you.’ He looked at me like I just cussed him out. All I said was, ‘I’m praying for you.’
“There are folks in this world that cannot comprehend or understand the peace that you have…”
Lacob, who declined comment through a team spokesman, was previously a topic in Jackson’s sermon in December. Lacob had apologized for critical comments about Jackson that he made at a venture capitalists luncheon days earlier.
Jackson told the congregation Lacob “put me on blast” and “said I was good for nothing, an owner that knew me for three years and spent a couple of minutes around me, an owner that had the audacity to say that 200 folks don’t like me in the business.”
A current ESPN broadcaster, Jackson twice worked games at Oracle Arena since his firing, including two weeks ago when the league-leading Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I did say hello to him briefly the other night when he was there – waved to him, really,” Lacob told Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami later that week on a podcast. “We didn’t get a chance to talk. Mark, we wish him the best. He’s obviously a very successful broadcaster. Probably will wind up coaching again at some point, and I’m sure he’ll do a good job.”