Apr 21, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson reacts during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors owner explains Mark Jackson firing

The Golden State Warriors made an unpopular decision by firing head coach Mark Jackson earlier this week, and the team’s CEO is speaking out. Warriors CEO Joe Lacob said that Jackson was not let go because of performance, but because a differing view in the team’s philosophy.

Well, it obviously wasn’t because of performance because the Warriors were better under Jackson than anytime in recent years.

“The decision to not bring Mark back is not willy-nilly; there are reasons,” Lacob said, via NBC Sports. “It’s less based on performance, that is win-loss record, and perhaps slightly more based on overall philosophy.

“I would not say it’s unsatisfactory. I would say that it did not meet our goals. We did improve the team, on paper, and we thought that was a reasonable expectation. We did not achieve that. We had a good year, but just didn’t excel at the level we had hoped to.”

The search for a new head coach begins now.

One potential candidate to replace Jackson in Golden State is former NBA player and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr.

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