After leading the Golden State Warriors to an upset of the third-seeded Denver Nuggets in the 2013 postseason, then returning this season to lead the Warriors to 51 wins before falling just short in a tough seven game series against the Los Angeles Clippers, head coach Mark Jackson was fired.
Jackson had trouble with assistant coaches and didn’t get along with management, which helped lead to his firing. Although Jackson lost the chance to coach a very talented team not far from possibly contending for a title, he has no regrets.
“Listen, there are no regrets,” said Jackson via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. “I think about the three years there. I think about the opportunity that was presented to me by the ownership, by management. I think about the relationship with incredible players and what they were able to accomplish in three years and where that organization was and where it is today; you’ve got a lot to be proud of. Ownership, management, players, fans — it’s in a great place. There are absolutely no regrets.”
Jackson, however, does want to coach again.
“I do look forward to coaching one day, if it presents itself again,” he said. “Right now, I’m having a blast being back with my crew. I’m fortunate and thrilled to death to be back. If the opportunity presents itself, I look forward to coaching again. If I end my career the way it ended and I continue to call games, I’m fine with that, just to clear that up also. I’m having the time of my life calling these games and being back with this incredible group.”
In three years with the Warriors, Jackson went 121-109, including a playoff record of 9-10.