Even though Mark Jackson has the most successful record in the history of its NBA franchise, the Golden State Warriors fired him as their head coach, today. Under Jackson’s leadership, the team improved their win-loss record for three straight years and became a very good playoff basketball team after more than 17 years of missing the playoffs.
The Warriors comprised of all-star point guard and best shooter in the game, Stephen Curry, Andre Iquedala, Klay Thompson and a host of other talented ballers furiously battled the Los Angeles Clippers to a deciding 7th game in the first round of the playoffs. All but two of the games between these two teams went down to the wire. Another shot made, one more rebound grabbed or a few less turnovers and Golden State could be in the second round of the playoffs facing OKC Thunder instead of the L.A. Clippers.
What’s amazing and quite frankly a little suspicious, rumors (which turned out to be confirmed) were circling around the media even while Mark Jackson was coaching his heart out for the Warriors organization. It was reported that the front-office had already decided to fire the former NBA point guard and pastor no matter how far the team progressed into the playoffs. It has been said that Mark’s outspoken views on Christianity played a major role in him being dismissed. There were also reports that management did not agree with Jackson’s selections of assistant coaches and firing of others.
The players, particularly Stephen Curry has rallied to show their support and respect for Mark Jackson. I am not a basketball historian, but I cannot remember an NBA coach losing his job while making such an improvement of his team’s standings and championship potential. It will be interesting to see how the team does next season under the leadership of a new coach.
One thing is for sure Mark Jackson has proven he is a great coach. More importantly, he has shown he is not afraid to let his light shine on the big stage of professional sports. Hopefully the Los Angeles Lakers will offer him a contract and persuade Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to come along with him.
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