The Golden State Warriors lost another assistant coach on Saturday, when Darren Erman was fired for a “violation of company policy.” This comes just after Warriors head coach Mark Jackson relegated assistant Brian Scalabrine to the team’s D-League affiliate for a “difference in philosophies.”
Now according to a report from SFGate.com, the owner of the franchise, Joe Lacob, is growing weary of Jackson and all the ongoing issues.
This is his show, and all reports suggest he’s losing his patience with Jackson: over embarrassing home losses, over strategical decisions, over the fact that when it comes to assistant coaches, he does not choose well.
To add fuel to the fire under Jackson’s posterior, right now the Warriors aren’t even assured to make the playoffs, which according to the SFGate report, would annoy Lacob even more.
Lacob also likes to reach his lofty goals in a hurry, and should the Warriors lose in the first round – even to a clearly superior team – that would represent a letdown from last year’s second-round appearance.
With the injury issues the Warriors are dealing with now, combined with the tight bunching for the last four Western Conference playoff spots (only 3.5 games separate teams four through eight), Jackson is going to have to really get this team focused if he wants to remain head coach.