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Warriors fire coach Mark Jackson after 3 seasons

  • Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson calls out a play to his team during Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oakland on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 118-97 (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors have fired Mark Jackson, ending the franchise's most successful coaching tenure in the past two decades but also one filled with drama and distractions.

General manager Bob Myers thanked Jackson in a statement Tuesday for "his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago." Myers said it was a difficult decision but the Warriors "simply feel it's best to move in a different direction at this time."

Jackson's three seasons with the Warriors will be remembered for the way he helped turn a perennially losing franchise into a consistent winner and the bold and bombastic way in which he did it.

He guaranteed Golden State would make the playoffs in his first season, when they finished 23-36 after the NBA labor lockout. The Warriors went 47-35 last season and had a memorable run to the second round of the playoffs, and they were 51-31 this season before losing to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round.

The Warriors had not made the playoffs in consecutive years since the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. They had made the playoffs once in 17 years before Jackson.


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