When Mark Jackson took over the helm as head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2011, the team was in a much different place than it is today. There seem to be an on-the-court dysfunction between rising stars Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. But once Jackson’s Warriors were able to send Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut, NBA basketball became the talk of the town in the Bay Area.
Fast forward to today and the Warriors are just as relevant as Chris Mullin‘s Warriors from the late 1980’s to the early 1990’s. That’s a far cry from the lottery bound basketball team that they once were just a few years earlier.
But all is not well in the Bay Area with Jackson as head coach. Although he has helped turn things around for the Warriors, Jackson could also be to blame for holding the team back. With his ever changing rotations and his bewildering need to bench his rim protectors at the end of close games, Jackson always seems to find a way to lose when the games are tight. And more importantly, who can forget Gregg Popovich brutally out coaching Jackson during the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs.
It would be in the Warriors’ best interest to oust Jackson this summer and hire George Karl instead. Karl, the 2012-13 Coach of the Year, is still unemployed by the league after being let go by the Denver Nuggets last season. With splash brothers Curry and Klay Thompson — and former Nugget Andre Iguodala — Karl could implement his run-and-gun style offense to perfection along with better defense. This is a style of play that the Warriors could only aspire to be under Jackson.
But with several run-ins with previous head coaches, and the reassignment of latest assistant Brian Scalabrine, it is clear that Jackson has no idea about what he’s doing. With one more year left on his contract, it will be best if the Warriors let Jackson go as soon as possible and not wait it out.