According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Golden State head coach, Mark Jackson, has called for the reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine.
Ownership and management have a very favorable view of Scalabrine and the job he’s done as assistant coach. Yet, the relationship between the “White Mamba” and Jackson has become increasingly dysfunctional.
While it is not known what kind of role Scalabrine will have going forward, it is clear that Warriors officials have given Jackson the authority to have complete control of his coaching staff.
This is of course how it should be, as chemistry is paramount to success. If a head coach does not have a healthy relationship with his staff, attaining success becomes even more difficult than it already is. While one can certainly point to team officials having a favorable view of Scalabrine’s performance and feel that Jackson is acting selfishly or in the wrong, having a divided coaching staff this close to the playoffs can derail Golden State’s quest for a championship.
Looking long-term, Jackson’s inability to foster a healthy working environment for him and his coaching staff, could ultimately cost him his job. Adding Scalabrine to the coaching staff was Jackson’s decision, as was hiring Michael Malone last season, whom according to Wojnarowski, he would go weeks without speaking to.
Jackson’s contract expires at the end of the season and Wojnarowski reports that no discussions of an extension have taken place between the Warriors head coach and team management.
Golden State is currently 44-27 and are sixth in the Western Conference but it is not how the regular season plays out that will decide Jackson’s fate, it is how the postseason does.