Warriors fire Mark Jackson as head coach

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Golden State Warriors have fired head coach Mark Jackson despite carrying the team to back-to-back playoff appearances.

“It’s never easy to make a decision of this nature,” general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. “Mark has accomplished many good things during his three years with the organization, including his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago.”

“We’re appreciative of his dedication and commitment since his arrival and are extremely grateful for his contributions. However, as an organization, we simply feel it’s best to move in a different direction at this time,” he added.

Jackson, who had one season left on his contract, took the Warriors to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2006-08, consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 1990-92 and consecutive 45-win seasons for the first time since 1975-77.

However, he also turned off many in management during the process. Jackson caused the demotion of assistant Brian Scalabrine to the D-League and the firing of assistant Darren Erman.

Lacob hired Jackson in 2011 against the advice of executive board member Jerry West, who backed and then hired Michael Malone as the team’s lead assistant.

Possible replacements for Jackson include J.B. Bickerstaff, Kaleb Canales, David Fizdale, Alvin Gentry, Fred Hoiberg, Lionel Hollins, Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Stan Van Gundy.

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