Joe Lacob's main momentous decision on Mark Jackson's future might not be precisely about Mark Jackson at all.
It could be about top assistant Pete Myers -- what happens if and when the Warriors front office asks Jackson to replace his loyal lieutenant?
Jackson could refuse to give up control of his staff, and there would be the decision made for Lacob, right there.
It could be about Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg -- is Warriors management's theoretical top choice willing to talk about coming to the Warriors?
Tell Lacob, the team's co-owner and CEO, and general manager Bob Myers that Hoiberg or broadcaster Steve Kerr are live, interested options ... and that might make Jackson's departure a fait accompli.
And, yes, in many ways it could be about star point guard Stephen Curry, whose all-out support for Jackson is beyond doubt and who is by far the team's most significant figure.
"What Coach has gone through this year has been unlike anything I've seen," Curry said late Saturday night in Los Angeles, about an hour after the Warriors' impassioned Game 7 loss to the Clippers.
"Just the amount of distractions and the circus that's been around him and decisions he's had to make.
"I love Coach more than anybody. And I think for him to be in a situation where his job is under scrutiny and under question is totally unfair. And it would definitely be a shock to me if anything like that were to happen."
Curry matters. Pete Myers and the rest of the Warriors' less-than-star-studded coaching staff matter.
Hoiberg matters. Everything matters.
Of course, Jackson is the central focus of this -- I'm just pointing out that there are many variables and many other personalities swirling around the picture.
Essentially, it will come down to a judgment made by Lacob and his G.M. about all of these things, and it probably will involve discussions with Jackson to try to find a shared path to the future.
All signs are that the Warriors brass would like a stronger, more fluid offensive system and a less bombastic overall approach.
And Lacob and his executives probably would like to see a stronger strategic top assistant (or two) alongside Jackson.
But Jackson is extremely sensitive to questions about his or Pete Myers' X-and-O acumen and probably would not enjoy a conversation along these lines.
Why? Because Jackson believes Michael Malone, the Warriors' No. 1 assistant before leaving last offseason, received too much credit for the Warriors' game plans.
The Warriors executives have been contemplating this for about a year now, once extension talks with Jackson broke down last offseason.
Which is what led to the reports of Jackson's shaky status and the general atmosphere of instability and intrigue (and two dismissed assistant coaches) over the past year.
But Jackson's buoyant, combative personality is also what has fueled this Warriors team to some admirable things, including Saturday night's 15-round title fight against the Clippers.
If they bring him back, Jackson almost certainly would need and demand a contract extension beyond the coming season, which is currently his last guaranteed year.
Would Lacob agree to a rich extension if Jackson resets his coaching staff? Impossible to know if either man would accept such a compromise and what dollar level might trigger what concessions.
Also: After back-to-back playoff runs and 51 victories this season, has this team gone as far as Jackson can take it?
Or -- knowing that Andrew Bogut missed the playoffs and that Jackson is popular with players around the league -- is there another step or two for this team to take under their current coach?
"He deserves to be our coach next year, and we're going to come back and build off the momentum we've gained in the last three years and continue to grow as a team," Curry said.
"I want Coach Jackson to be that guy leading us."
On the face of two playoff runs for a franchise that hasn't experienced this in decades, it's a simple call: Bring Jackson back.
It would be almost impossible to replace what he has brought to this team, and everybody in the franchise should understand that.
But the Warriors executives also aren't sure they want everything that Jackson has brought to them.
It's complicated. It's a decision involving many levels, many negotiations, many people and all of things that have been pent up for a long while now.
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