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Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob reveals that former coach Mark Jackson was unable to get along with “anybody else in the organisation”.
The Warriors parted company with Jackson at the end of last season after their failure in the playoffs, and after appointing Steve Kerr as his replacement, they have started with an NBA-best 17-2 record this season.
Lacob has detailed why he hired and eventually fired Jackson, and cited his inability to get on with others in the organisation as the biggest issue during his tenure.
“Part of it was, he couldn’t get along with anybody else in the organization. And, look, he did a great job — and I’ll always compliment him in many respects — but you can’t have 200 other people in the organization not like you.”
Lacob also criticised Jackson’s resistance in bringing in top level assistance, something that Kerr has done and is seemingly paying immediate dividends as the Warriors set a new franchise record on Saturday night with their 12th consecutive win.
According to the Warriors owner, Jackson believed in his own hand-picked staff but Lacob didn’t see it as clever company management as ultimately there have to be people within the hierarchy that are capable of replacing you if required.
Jackson has now moved back to his role as an ESPN analyst despite leading Golden State to a 51-31 regular-season record last season but he did experience his fair share of problems during his time with the organisation regarding coaches and his relationship with assistant general manager Kirk Lacob, the owner’s son.
Nevertheless, Lacob did praise his former coach for making the team better and conceded that it was a “tough call” to fire him, but it appears as though it may well have been the right decision from a Warriors perspective.