Lacob denies 'dysfunction' within Warriors organization

Lacob denies 'dysfunction' within Warriors organization
May 6, 2014, 6:15 pm
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This is a decision that was based on what was good for the organization as a whole ... I don't mean just the team, just the 15 players that are involved. I mean everybody. There are 200 employees here...
Joe Lacob

OAKLAND – Asked directly if dysfunction, as alleged by some, was a factor in the firing of coach Mark Jackson, Warriors CEO Joe Lacob on Tuesday indicated that word does not apply in this case.

"I don't think that's accurate," Lacob said Tuesday afternoon, three hours after dismissing Jackson after three seasons. "Were there . . . questions about "fit," going forward between Mark Jackson and the Warriors? Yes. And that's obviously why we made the decision.

"But dysfunction is a very tough word, a very difficult word. I would not say that's an accurate use of the term."

That allegation came in the wake of Jackson losing two assistant coaches in the final month of the regular season.

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One assistant, Brian Scalabrine, was demoted and reassigned to the Development League Santa Cruz Warriors on March 25. The cause behind the move was friction with fellow assistant coaches, notably lead assistant Pete Myers.

Less than two weeks later, assistant coach Darren Erman was fired by general manager Bob Myers, who cited violation of team policy. It was reported last week that Erman was secretly taping conversations among members of the coaching staff.

One month later, and three days after the Warriors season ended with a seven-game playoffs loss to the Los Angeles Clipper, Lacob and Myers decided to fire Jackson.

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"This is a decision that was based on what was good for the organization as a whole," Lacob said. "When I say the organization as a whole, I don't mean just the team, just the 15 players that are involved. I mean everybody. There are 200 employees here.

"So when we look at the organization going forward and the kind of coach we want . . . all these factors matter. We took all that into account."

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