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Golden State Warriors: Why the Warriors Need to Fire Mark Jackson

Eric HeContributor IIMay 6, 2012

Golden State Warriors: Why the Warriors Need to Fire Mark Jackson

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    The day that the Golden State Warriors hired former NBA point guard and ESPN commentator Mark Jackson as their head coach for the 2011-2012 season, many fans were asking "who" and "why"?

    As in, "Why would the Warriors hire someone with no coaching experience (ever!) as their head coach?"

    Now, after a 23-43 season under Jackson, those questions are still being raised.

    Despite owner Joe Lacob instilling his confidence in Jackson, there is no doubt that another bad season will result in him being fired. 

    If (and when) that happens, here are some reasons that the Warriors will have.

No Experience

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    Let's go back to this "no experience" thing for a second.

    Every NBA head coach has to start somewhere—as an assistant, a college coach, a scout, etc. 

    But in Mark Jackson's case, this is his first coaching job—ever. He has never coached a single basketball game in his life.

    So why did the Warriors hire him?

    Maybe they saw something in that he played point guard in the NBA for 17 years, where he was a leader who always demanded his teammates to play to the best of their abilities.

    But let's settle this right now—having success as an NBA player does not necessarily translate to having success as an NBA coach.

    Fairly successful NBA players Isaiah Thomas, Elgin Baylor and Wes Unseld all rank among the 25 worst coaches in NBA history. 

    The point is that a lack of experience can lead to many coaching mistakes, which are explained in the next slide.

Can't Draw Up Plays in Crunch Time

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    The Warriors call timeout, and as the players saunter to the bench for some late-game instruction and hydration, head coach Mark Jackson walks to the middle of the court. His arms are crossed and he looks up at the stands.

    Assistant coach Michael Malone furiously scribbles away at his clipboard, hoping that some of these Xs and Os and arrows can help guide the players in the last few minutes of the game.

    When he's finished, Malone walks over and hands the board to Jackson, who walks back to the huddle and reads the play to the team.

    One might suggest, after watching all season, that the Warriors hired Jackson, a first-year coach fresh from the broadcast booth, to announce Malone's plays.

    -Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    There is a reason why the Warriors hired longtime NBA assistant Michael Malone to back up Mark Jackson on the bench—to call plays during crunch time. 

    Of all the Warriors' games that I have watched, I have never seen Mark Jackson speak in the huddle during a timeout late in a close game. It is always Malone, drawing up the plays while Jackson cluelessly stares into the huddle. 

    Well, Jackson better learn how to call plays in the huddle, because Malone will not be back next season. 

He Gets Himself in Trouble

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    Remember this? (Skip to 1:37 of the video.)

    Before he even coached a single game, Mark Jackson guaranteed that the Golden State Warriors would make the playoffs in 2011-2012.

    Well, you know the rest of the story.

    The Warriors went 23-43 and missed the playoffs.

    Even worse, many accused them of "tanking," or losing games on purpose to gain better draft position. Jackson had to defend himself, taking all the "heat and criticism".

    The bottom line is that Mark Jackson still has a long way to go if he wants to be a good NBA coach. He may have been a good NBA player, but his lack of experience and knowledge and his big mouth have put him on the coaching hot seat.

    Jackson better deliver better results next season, or else he can start looking forward to broadcasting NBA games on ESPN.

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