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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Warriors Fire Coach Mark Jackson

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 3:02 PM

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During the second quarter of Saturday's playoff Game 7, when the Warriors had an improbable 12-point lead over rival hard-luck team, the Los Angeles Clippers, Coach Mark Jackson tried a seemingly illogical, hare-brained experiment that ignited fury all over social media.

He decided to test-run his second-string players, subbing mediocre point guard Jordan Crawford for the team's undisputed star, Steph Curry (who had apparently decamped to the men's room).

In the course of three minutes, the Warriors' offensive strategy all but vaporized. The Clippers rapidly closed in. Fans brutalized both Crawford and Jackson on Twitter, demanding Curry's return. A seemingly rhetorical question resounded from all corners: Mark Jackson, what are you doing?

Now, that query has more of an existential cast. With a frustrating Game 7 loss behind them, the Warriors duly fired Jackson, who had just steered them to a record 51 wins.

So what's Mark Jackson doing now? Apparently, he's packing up his stuff.

The news shocked many observers, considering Jackson's pristine record. Over three seasons, he became the fourth winningest coach in franchise history, and the third to score at least 50 wins in a season. He helped elevate a team that, at various points in history, had been excoriated even by its most loyal fans.

But many insiders could see the end coming.

In the last six weeks, the Warriors purged multiple staff, relegating assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to the NBA development league, and tossing Darren Erman after he secretly recorded conversations between players and staff, because he thought they were slandering him.

The spate of expulsions caused tensions to erupt within the already fractious enterprise. Evidently, it was only a matter a time before Jackson, too, would be unceremoniously shown the door.

Now the only question is who will succeed him.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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