Five factors in decision to fire Mark Jackson

Five factors in decision to fire Mark Jackson
May 6, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Mark Jackson was fired on Tuesday despite leading the Warriors to the playoffs each of the last two seasons. (AP)

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OAKLAND -- Mark Jackson woke up Tuesday morning as head coach of the Warriors and co-pastor of the True Love Worship Center International, though not necessarily in that order.

When Jackson goes to bed Tuesday night, the coaching position will be removed from the equation.

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Jackson and Warriors CEO Joe Lacob met Tuesday morning at the team's Oakland facility and it did not take long for Lacob to decide they would part ways.

Here are five factors surely addressed in the meeting:

1) Jackson's devotion to his faith and his church in Reseda, just north of Los Angeles. The church is a primary reason why Jackson declined to move to the Bay Area, as the team had desired.

Was this failure to comply with a strong suggestion? Or might it be considered insubordination?

2) Jackson's coaching methods came under scrutiny by many, including Lacob, who considers himself a student of the game. Fans sitting near the CEO at Warriors games have overheard him expressing his disapproval of some of Jackson's strategies.

Was this a case of an owner getting too involved? Or was it an owner who is convinced another coach could coax more from the current roster?

3) Jackson, who can be brash, has butted heads, at one time or another, with no fewer than three team executives – Joe Lacob and his son, Kirk, as well as board member Jerry West.

Would Jackson be considered improperly insubordinate? Did this create an unworkable environment?

4) Jackson became increasingly defensive as the season played out, perhaps related to his failure to receive a contract extension, with a pay increase, after leading the Warriors to the Western Conference semifinals in his second season. This likely played a role in some of the distrust and tension with his assistant coaches.

Did Lacob consider Jackson unable to maintain stability within his staff? Would Jackson consider relinquishing some control of the hiring of assistants? Might this have been considered an irreconcilable difference?

5) And, finally, Joe Lacob may have concluded Jackson has taken the Warriors as far as he can and another head coach is better suited to maximize the roster.

The answer to that is evident with the dismissal of Jackson, who leaves the Warriors with a 121-109 record in the regular season. He was 9-10 in two postseasons.

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