The former Warriors coach says he feels no ill will toward the new one.
One day after the Warriors announced a five-year, $25 million agreement to hire Steve Kerr, Mark Jackson offered congratulations to Kerr, who, like Jackson three years ago, takes over the Warriors with zero previous coaching experience.
"I played against (Kerr), know him, respect him," Jackson said in a phone interview on Thursday. "A first-class guy. ... Just a guy I have respect for and wish him nothing but the best."
But Jackson added that, after the 51-victory season that led to Jackson's controversial firing, Kerr has the reins of a team filled with expectations.
"He's inherited a great team with a great future," Jackson said. "And they are a championship-caliber team."
In the conversation, Jackson discussed several topics involving the coaching move, including:
"The only reason for that is (a Kerr congratulations on Twitter) could be read different," Jackson said.
"So I texted him congratulations."
"No, I think everybody knows what happened," Jackson said. "I think everybody's well aware. So there's no reason, unless somebody wanted to hear it from the horse's mouth."
"Not at all -- if I ever coach again, if I comment about a great point guard or say how I'm excited about coaching another great point guard, I won't be diminishing what I think about Steph and my relationship with him," Jackson said.
"I don't take it that way. I'm pulling for him. It was an honor and a privilege to coach him and the guys I coached for three years."