The Warriors fired head coach Mark Jackson on Tuesday after he led them to two straight playoff appearances.
Jackson's firing comes after the Warriors won 51 games in his third season but lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
With one year left on his contract, differences between Jackson and ownership apparently could not be overcome.
"Mark Jackson has had a big impact on the improvement of our team and the success that we've had over the last couple of years," co-owner Joe Lacob said in a statement. "Nonetheless, we must make some difficult decisions in our day-to-day operations of the club and this would certainly qualify as one of those examples. We wish Mark the best of luck in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions over the last three years."
Jackson had strong support from his players, most notably star guard Stephen Curry, who reiterated that he would voice his support if asked.
"It's never easy to make a decision of this nature," general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. "Mark has accomplished many good things during his three years with the organization, including his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago. We're appreciative of his dedication and commitment since his arrival and are extremely grateful for his contributions. However, as an organization, we simply feel it's best to move in a different direction at this time."
Jackson was 121-109 in his three years at Golden State, his only head coaching job.
He told the Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson II by phone, "I'm going to be fine," and took the high road in addressing his departure.
"Thanks to the Warriors organization for the opportunity they gave me," Jackson said. "Thanks to the fans for the great support. Thanks to my players. I love them. And God bless."
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