Furthering one of those points, the Joe Lacob / Mark Jackson saga intensified after Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski decided to drop a "Woj bomb." It's an interesting twist considering the timing of it all, but in summary, it helps make sense of events throughout the season. Let's recap a few strange occurrences...
February 10, 2014 - Mark Jackson reports Andrew Bogut "must've hurt his shoulder sleeping."
February 11, 2014 - Joe Lacob with a weak endorsement of Mark Jackson...
-Q: Are you happy with the job Mark Jackson and his staff is doing?March 25, 2014 - Mark Jackson reassigns Brian Scalabrine to the Santa Cruz Warriors.
-LACOB: I think you’re always evaluating everybody, whether it be the players, the coaches… It’s hard to know, if you don’t quite win a few games you should, is it the coach’s fault? Is it the players’ fault? It’s hard to say.
I think we’ll have to look back on a body of work at the end of the season and look at that and make an evaluation.
I do think our coach has done a good job–we have had some big wins, a lot of wins on the road, and that’s usually a sign of good coaching.
But some things are a little disturbing–the lack of being up for some of these games at home, that’s a concern to me.
Definitely some oddities there. The comments on Andrew Bogut only became strange because Mark Jackson decided to blast the media after. Lacob not giving Jackson the vote of confidence to Tim Kawakami raises eyebrows. And of course, the reassignment of Scal news has every Warriors fan and reporter running around like wild dogs after moving vehicles.
My theory on this Scalabrine news: It's much ado about nothing. We may not find out what happened between them for a long time, but it sounds as if Scal was being insubordinate and Jackson did what he needed to do. End of story.
The underachieving is what's really killing fans' vibes, although when was the last time fans didn't overrate their teams?
If you're looking for an angle to oust Jackson out as head coach, you should start looking elsewhere. Jackson has done a tremendous job since his near 3 year span. He preaches a culture change has occurred every chance he can get whether or not you mind his repetitive nature. He's just stating facts. The defensive efficiency has increased even higher than this year under him despite folks clamoring to the idea Michael Malone did everything last season...
- They rank Top 10 in 11 of 20 scoring defensive categories.
- 3rd in the NBA in defensive efficiency (0.989).
- Rank Top 5-10 in shooting defensive categories such as opponent shooting %, true shooting %, three and two point rates.
- Top 3 in defensive rebounding.
The face of the franchise continues to publicly endorse MJax and I'm pretty sure that kinda sorta really counts for something nowadays. And if not Jackson, then who? Pete Myers? Darren Erman? Brian Scalabrine? Tom Thibodeau? If you think Thibs is Oakland bound, I'd like to hear an explanation of how that would happen (if you don't know, Thibs is not a fan of Chicago's potential "rebuild" phase). The players love playing for Jackson. Dwight Howard almost came to Golden State because of him. Andre Iguodala signed here because of him. You want a better strategist? Consistent rotations? Who's available that would be that, keep the defensive intensity in tact, and still hold the respect of the players?
Jackson is under fire. He's felt the pressure all year. It shouldn't surprise anyone that he explored the Los Angeles Clippers' and Brooklyn Nets' vacancies. He's about to enter the final year of his deal with the team next season with no guarantees of an extension coming. If there is, it won't be until this summer, but after everything that has transpired, it's tough to predict if it will happen if the team doesn't get out of the first round. The media is watching his every move and listening to his every word.