SAN FRANCISCO -- Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob declined to assess the job coach Mark Jackson has done this season, saying it would be evaluated after the season whether or not the team meets expectations.
"We're having a good year, and it's not over yet," Lacob said after being honored Wednesday with an award at a fundraiser for First Graduate. "Interim results do not matter. Remember this: What matters is at the end of the year. We take a look back at how we did and see where we can improve."
Asked about Jackson, Lacob noted general manager Bob Myers already addressed the issue with a vote of confidence and that he would "let those words suffice."
"We believe that Mark is fully capable, and we're confident in his ability to keep going in the right direction, keep propelling us like he has all year, and we believe that he's going to continue to be successful," Myers said Saturday after the firing of assistant coach Darren Erman. "We believe in his ability the rest of the way."
Jackson said Sunday there was "no friction" with Lacob, who agreed that their relationship was doing well.
"Mark and I get along very well," Lacob said. "This idea that Mark and I don't get along, I will just address that and say that's not true. We get along very well.
"Bob gets along with Mark. I get along with Bob. We all get along, so we're all driving in the same direction, and hopefully we're going to keep our goals this year moving forward."
Erman became the second assistant coach to be forced off the bench, as he was fired due to a violation of company policy. Brian Scalabrine was reassigned the previous week because of a "difference in philosophies" with Jackson.
"It's a couple of disagreements within the coaching staff which at the end of the day those are minor setbacks," Lacob said. "They're things that we will deal with and move forward and to the extent there's any problems we'll fix them, but that's after the year's over."
Lacob said a goal was to have the team "do some damage" in the postseason.
"Obviously, we'd like to go as far as we can and try to improve on what we did last year if we can, and it's a tough Western Conference, so we know that's difficult but we're going to keep pushing and keep getting better every year," Lacob said.
The first in his family to graduate from college, Lacob spoke to the crowd about how a fear of failure drove him in life and his desire for an NBA championship.
"All I can think about it is, we have to win the championship. I will be a failure. We will be a failure if we do not win the championship. So that's what drives me.
"We are driven as a unit, as we. Because that's really what it's about. It's not one person. It's not me. It's we. You get things done with other people. That's how you succeed. And we are driven together to bring this thing home to the Bay Area."