Mark Jackson has been fired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
Jackson met with the Warriors' front office on Tuesday morning.
Jackson had a 121-109 record in three seasons with the Warriors, his first coaching job.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Warriors will consider reaching out to the Bulls on Tom Thibodeau, while Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy are also top candidates.
“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.”
“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,” owner Joe Lacob said. “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.”
Lacob said that the decision for parting ways with Jackson was Myers'.
“I know that’s out there, but the truth is: This is Bob Myers’ decision," said Lacob. I have the final say, but (Myers) gets input from Jerry (West) as a consultant and advisor and from Kirk (Lacob) and Travis (Schlenk). That’s our group. We are a consensus kind of decision-making group. This is his (Myers’) decision. This is his fire and his hire. I certainly have a role in it, no question, but to put all of the onus on me as some sort of too tough ogre is probably what some people like to create as stories. It’s not really true."