Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson announced that he has demoted assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to their D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, California due to a “difference in philosophies”.
“I made the decision,” Jackson said Tuesday. “I’m fortunate enough to have an ownership group and a management group that allows me to pick my staff. We’re just going in a different direction. That’s that.”
Jackson made the decision amid the Warriors’ playoff push with 11 games to play in the regular season.
The Warriors are in sixth place at 44-27 but only 1.5 games ahead of the eighth and last spot for the playoffs despite winning 15 of 23 games since the beginning of February.
Jackson’s move came after the Warriors’ 99-90 loss at home Saturday to the San Antonio Spurs, who stand atop the West with the NBA’s best record at 54-16.
Scalabrine was a former veteran power forward whose career spanned 11 seasons and included an NBA championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics, with whom Warriors owner Joe Lacob was a minority owner.
In addition, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was Scalabrine’s agent for 10 of his seasons as a player.
“I made a decision and wish him nothing but the very best,” Jackson said. “This is my decision and we move forward. One thing I will say is that we’re a tied-together team, excited about finishing up the season the right way.”