By the time you read this, Brian Scalabrine is either already in Santa Cruz or driving south on Highway 17. As someone who has traversed that veritable death trap of an incorrectly-banked highway during and after rain showers, here’s hoping his tires are in good shape and inflated properly.
Mark Jackson’s reputation is currently deflating at a more rapid rate than ever after Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest, which went live while the Warriors practiced on Tuesday.
In what’s become an increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has forced a reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Ownership and management have been strong advocates of Scalabrine and his performance on the job, sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, Warriors officials decided that as long as Jackson is the head coach, he’ll have control of his coaching staff.
As Scalabrine prepares to assume an unspecified role with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Jackson was his normal proud and defiant self in the face of questions about the state of his locker room. He took umbrage with Wojnarowski’s usage of the word “dysfunctional” in particular.
“I don’t wonder where it came from,” said Jackson, who quickly changed course after he was asked if that meant he knew exactly who those “league sources” were.
“I don’t want to know where it came from. What’s it going to do? What do you get out of that? I’ve played in this league for 17 years. I’ve announced in this league for, I don’t know, five or six years, and I’ve been coaching for three years.
“I’ve seen dysfunction. I’ve witnessed it firsthand. I’ve been part of teams and organizations that were dysfunctional. I’m awfully proud and I’ll hang my hat on what takes place on a daily basis with this organization. Dysfunction isn’t guys bringing their kids here at 10 o’clock at night and playing three-on-three with the coach. Dysfunction isn’t bringing your nephew and walking around the facility. Bringing mom and dad, and teams hanging around the lounge and eating. I know dysfunction and that could not be further from the truth. If it was true, there’d be more people in the choir singing. You guys are around every single day. That’s entertainment. That’s poor reporting.”
When asked if he might add someone else to the staff to handle Scalabrine’s former responsibilities, Jackson (as usual) trumpeted his team’s accomplishments.
“I got an incredible staff. That can’t be questioned, even though there are times when people attempt to. There’s a reason why we’ve been able to be successful the last, I would say three years. Even though the first year didn’t look like it, there was a foundation that was being laid with this team,” he said.
Jackson does this quite a lot. He never comes out and says, “I did this,” but he also never declines an opportunity to boast on his players in the same way he did with his remaining assistants today. Over the last three seasons, Jackson has repeatedly mentioned the culture change that has taken place on his watch. That’s in reference both to the Warriors playing defense for the first time in ages and those anecdotes about family closeness that Jackson mentioned after today’s practice.
For a while it seemed like that was just Jackson’s nature, being a preacher and all. But at this point it’s fair to question whether it’s also an attempt to boost his own resume — especially considering Wojnarowski’s most explosive paragraphs.
Jackson, in his third year at the helm of the Warriors, has one year left on his contract, but has come under increased scrutiny within the organization for how he has run the team and worked on the job. There have been no conversations about an extension for Jackson – nor are they expected to take place, sources said.
Jackson has tried and failed to get involved with several head coaching openings over the past several months, including the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets, league sources said.
Jackson knows his days are numbered. He’s checking out other jobs, he’s having trouble getting along with assistants he views as threats (Wojnarowski also reported that Jackson and Michael Malone went weeks without speaking last season). And there’s Joe Lacob in his courtside chair, often seen frowning during home losses while tapping vigorously on his phone. He definitely reads Woj, especially when the subject is his team, and neither Lacob nor Bob Myers are even giving Jackson the dreaded “vote of confidence” today.
Things are so unsteady for Jackson — a coach who’s poised to take a Warriors team to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time in 22 years — that it’s hard to imagine he’d survive a first round exit. At this rate, anything short of an appearance in the Western Conference Finals may not be enough.
I'm sorry but all the "dysfunction" around the Warriors is a bunch a crap. If I'm not mistaken it was the media that out all this hype behind the Warriors before the season even began. I don't understand how anyone would put the Warriors as a championship contender let alone a threat to the conference title before we seen this new unit together. Let's be real no one was even had the Warriors making the playoffs last season. Yet they did and put together a great run in the playoffs that no one expected. Yes they're a fun team to watch but this team is still learning and growing with each other. Plus the west is just as deep as it's ever been every team in playoff contention is better than what they were last year. so to assume the Warriors would be way better than they were last year is absurd. The Warriors are playing exactly how they should be playing at this point. Yes there were games that they could've one this year just like there were games they should have lost this season. The Warriors advantage going into the post season will be match ups. That's how they beat Denver last year and was this close to beating the Spurs. Furthermore, the MJax saga is getting blown way outta proportion. Last coach to get us to back to back playoff appearances is????? Right... Give this man a break. I'm so sick of hearing people saying he's just a preacher or motivational speaker. He has the experience as a player to back it up. This is only his third year coaching EVER! So he still obviously has his growing pains and is learning as he goes. Yes his rotations are predictable and some of his play calling can be questioned ( no more iso's for HB or JO please) but he's not the one turning the ball over is crucial situations, not missing free throws, or getting unnecessary T's. With time this team will continue to grow. If management bails on Jackson that would not be a good look for this franchise. I'm interested to hear who guys think will be a good replacement. I hope the van Gundys aren't the answer. Sorry but that was my rant for the evening.
You have a valid point about Green but he and Barnes are 2 entirely different players Barnes had to take a backseat in the middle of his growth after putting on an excellent playoff run with the signing of Iggy as far as klay Thompson he has been ok this season could be a lil more consistent though and yet he went into the season knowing he was the starting 2 guard
bay area sports guy wants attention...it is pathetic. Last time the Ws had two seasons as good as these? George Bush's dad was president...
Am I missing something here? Aren't the Warriors in 6th place and surely will make the playoff again for the 2nd consecutive year? Mark Jackson is being bashed for some unclear reason, particularly by a reporter who may have a personal grudge, as if the coach has been coaching a losing team. I read a lot of innuendos, assumptions, and supposedly inside information from unknown sources. Until someone from the Warriors openly speak and confirm about the supposed "dysfunction" situation within the organization, I'll take all the negative comments about Jackson and the team with a grain of salt.
Mark Jackson reminds me of Mike Singletary; fire and brimstone religious sermons, to sugar coat a lack of nuts and bolts coaching acumen. You ever hear the stuff he says in the huddle ? " I need YOU to step-up ... I need YOU to step-up ... ". Whatever dude.
His "sell by" date is about to expire. He had a good run. But that coaching style doesn't last.
It's obvious Scalabrine is the next head coach, which is why Jackson shipped him off to Syberia, as a sign of protest.
Honestly the dubs front office fumbled letting j Jack & c Landry get out of town not a good move at all I like Andre he brings toughness but bringing him in stunts the growth of Barnes
If mjax is fired it will have the same effect the Chris Webber trade did many years of dark days in the future. I like David Lee but for the dubs to get over the hump they need to be more athletic at the 4 spot .... If that means starting Barnes and bringing Lee off the bench so be it.
This is ridiculous. Until MJax showed up, the Warriors were garbage for years and years. This mess needs to stop.
"Mark Jackson’s reputation is currently deflating at a more rapid rate than ever..." what about during his sex scandal?
@bayareasportsguy I'm curious to know your thoughts on Mark Jackson as a coach, and if you think the warriors would be better off with or without him.
@Bayarea1fanGreen and Barnes are both asked to play the 3 and 4 so they both share similiar responsibilities in that respect. I don't see why "taking a backseat" should
matter that much though. If you're a good player you're gonna find a
way to get buckets and make plays (like Draymond Green) no matter how many minutes you get on the floor. Regarding Klay Thompson, his numbers have gone up every year and he keeps improving as a 2-way player, not to mention his clutch performances lately. In any case, I wouldn't place the blame on Mark Jackson for Harrison Barnes' bad season. One can argue that Barnes might play better if the Dubs had an offensive system which Mark Jackson can do a better job with BUT he's always preached defense and that shows in GS' 3rd best defensive ranking.
@Bayarea1fan why would you start barnes he's played like trash this season
When was the last time the Warriors made the playoffs? I believe it was 07. In any case, what is going on with such ungrateful comments? It is disturbing to see individuals sitting at home and judging so relentlessly from afar. Coach Jackson is learning and he is also successful. Perhaps we like making the playoffs every 5 or six years. Q H
Reducing his mins is not helping. Anyone that seen the playoffs knows his potential with his athletic ability it create more space on the floor for the rest of the team. Got to remember he is a young guy his bad play his mental not physical ability
@Bayarea1fan A player still needs to earn his minutes though. If Draymond can give solid production in 20 or so minutes on the floor why can't Barnes? Don't get me wrong I certainly hope he gets it right cuz he's too talented, but I don't see any growth in his game from last season.
But if Barnes is so good shouldn't he be dominating the talent he's facing? He going up against other bench players. I'm a huge supporter of HB just think he's going thru a slump. He has to be his own confidence builder. Jackson is showing confidence by giving him more playing time when he clearly being outplayed by his other teammates.