The Golden State Warriors have fired coach Mark Jackson, following the team’s first round elimination against the Los Angeles Clippers.
As pointed out by ESPN.com, the dismissal ends the franchise’s most successful coaching tenure in the past two decades. The team had not made the playoffs in consecutive years since the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons… and had made the playoffs only once in 17 years before Jackson.
In a statement on Tuesday (May 6), general manager Bob Myers thanked Jackson for “his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago.”
He added that it was time for the Warriors “to move in a different direction.”
“Thanks to the Warriors organization for the opportunity you gave me,” Jackson told ESPN. “Thanks to the great fans for all of your support!! Thank you to my players!! Who I love!! We accomplished a lot together!! I wish you all nothing but the best! God bless.”
According to ESPN, the Warriors are eyeing both Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy as potential replacements for Jackson, as well as former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.