Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is strongly denying reports he has recently shown interest in other coaching jobs around the NBA.
The last several weeks have been a trying time for Jackson, who has apparently worked out recent issues with management that include the demotion of one-time assistant coach Brian Scalabrine. ESPN adds not only was Jackson once actively considering leaving the Warriors for potential jobs with the likes of the Clippers and Nets, he also went weeks without talking to former assistant Michael Malone, now on the staff of the Sacramento Kings.
“I’m not going to comment on everything,” the third-year coach told reporters of all the rumors. “First of all, Mike Malone commented and said that his part was a lie … so not true. None of it was true. I’m not going to go any further. This is my job and I’m thrilled to death to be the head coach of the Golden State Warriors.”
Yet, and despite the Warriors being on pace to post their best record since the 1991-92 season, the rumors continue to percolate. Through it all, Jackson, an ordained minister, continues to have the overriding support of his players.
“Coach made a decision and we back him 100 percent,” All-Star guard Stephen Curry recently told reporters of Jackson’s decision to remove Scalabrine. “I know everybody in that locker room supports him 100 percent. I love Coach and everything he’s about. I love playing for him and that’s all that matters to me.”
Whether or not Curry will be able to help Jackson remain afloat in Oakland remains to be seen, but either way it appears the veteran coach may be fighting for his job and a culture of locker room togetherness seemingly born of his minstrel background and upbringing.
Either way, it’s game on for Jackson and his Warriors.