Despite leading the Golden State Warriors to it’s second consecutive post-season berth and guiding the team to a 51-win season, Mark Jackson is out as Golden State Warriors head coach.
Joining him is the entire backroom staff, from his assistants to the video scouts, according to multiple reports published today after the Warriors announced the dismissal.
Rumor of Jackson’s termination were rife for the second half of the season and grew in stature and seriousness when two of his assistants were fired in-season. One was allegedly fired by Jackson for recording their conversations at behest of owner Joe Lacob.
With speculation growing during the playoffs, the blowback from the Donald Sterling scandal temporarily obscured the saga before the Warriors Game 7 loss brought it back into the spotlight.
Jackson was fired after a meeting with Lacob Tuesday that was scheduled to either resolve their differences or decide to go in a different direction.
There exist a slew of options for the Warriors in their search for a replacement. Steve Kerr has yet to sign with the New York Knicks despite it being considered a sure-thing since Phil Jackson arrived and fired Mike Woodson.
Kerr’s non-signing opens the door to a potential role with the Warriors. Other names being touted are former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and Lakers target Tom Thibodeau, currently under contract with the Chicago Bulls.