Programming note: Coverage of Game 7 between the Warriors and Clippers starts Saturday night at 7 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (Channel locations)
The general belief is that Mark Jackson's head coaching job is on the line, and perhaps this playoff series with the Clippers will be pivotal in the decision by CEO Joe Lacob. But the owner was clear in his message on Thursday, talking with Yahoo Sports:
“Honest to God, that’s the media that is doing all this," Lacob said. "There is nothing going on until after the season. I refuse to let anyone talk about that. We don’t talk about it. We haven’t had that discussion. Everybody in the entire organization is reviewed after the season and we make decisions.”
Jackson has one season left on his contract and has made it known he would like an extension.
You can't argue with his production as head coach; the Warriors have reached the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1990-91 and 1991-92, and they eclipsed 50 wins this season for just the fifth time in the Golden State era. But increased off-the-court drama -- specifically the dismissal of assistant coaches Brian Scalabrine and Darren Erman -- has led to rampant speculation.
A little more than one week after Warriors forward Andre Iguodala described the Warriors as "trying to save our coach's job," teammate Klay Thompson chimed in on Thursday with a similar sentiment.
"I hope that's not the situation because I love playing for coach Jackson," Thompson said. "He's a great mentor. He's not only a good coach, but he's a great friend.
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"So we're playing to win. We're playing to win for him, playing to win for the fans and for us."
The Warriors and Clippers are locked at three games apiece and will battle in a Game 7 Saturday night for the right to advance and face the winner of the Thunder-Grizzlies series.