Here are reasons to extend Jackson . . .
He won 51 games and brought his team to the playoffs the second season in a row. Because of him the Warriors, who had been a joke, are a serious team in the NBA. He changed their culture from passive losers to aggressive winners. He gets big credit for the culture shift.
The Warriors played the third-seed Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and played them tough without center Andrew Bogut. Game 7 came down to the very end and the Warriors almost won.
Jackson made a brilliant strategic adjustment against the Clippers, benching center Jermaine O'Neal, moving David Lee to center and taking Draymond Green off the bench and moving him to power forward. The Warriors' "small" lineup was their best lineup. Green was the most feisty Warrior and made life miserable for Clippers' All-Star power forward Blake Griffin, often took Griffin out of his game and turned Griffin into an on-court whiner.
Most of his players love Jackson and want to play for him. We haven't seen the Warriors play this hard in a generation. Stephen Curry routinely campaigns for a Jackson extension, and Curry is the most important Warrior by a million miles.
The Warriors have a good thing going and it never is wise to break up a good thing.
The Warriors owner, Joe Lacob, does not seem sold on Jackson. Lacob complained about Jackson during local TV broadcasts of Warriors games, openly wondered why Jackson did not get the Warriors ready for lesser teams.
Lacob will make the call on Jackson's contract. It's possible Lacob, another one with a big ego, is jealous of all the attention Jackson has received. Lacob wants to be the face of the franchise. He does not want Jackson to be the face. If Lacob does not extend Jackson and if this is the reason, shame on Joe Lacob.
Here are reasons not to extend Jackson . . .
Jackson's Warriors got bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Clippers. It doesn't matter that the Warriors played hard or with passion. They lost. Bottom line. They lost to a team in the middle of a national scandal, emotionally drained by the scandal. The Clippers' best player, Chris Paul, played at 75 percent efficiency because of a bad hamstring.
The Warriors went 19-25 this season against teams with winning records. They beat up on bad teams. You don't play bad teams in the playoffs.
Sure, Jackson saw the value in Green, but he saw it very late and only after O'Neal asked to be taken out of the starting lineup in the playoffs. Griffin had been murdering O'Neal.
Next season, the Warriors should start Green at small forward and bring Andre Iguodala off the bench. Everyone can see Green is the better player. Iguodala has three years left on his contract, too bad because he's a fading player. Bob Myers is a wonderful general manager. Signing Iguodala was his only bad move.