Mark Jackson Talks Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy, Twitter Etc. 9 Days After Firing

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistMay 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03:  Head coach Mark Jackson of the Golden State Warriors gestures as he complains to a referee in the game with the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 126-121 to win the series four games to three.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Nine days after Mark Jackson was fired by the Golden State Warriors, the media fervor hasn't died down. 

This was such a polarizing issue—the coach who enjoyed all sorts of popularity with the players but clashed with the management—that it just can't die away. Not easily, at least. 

As a result, the aftermath is still unfolding.

Stephen Curry is coming to terms with the Dubs' decision, the news cycle is largely moving on to other parts of the coaching carousel, and Jackson's seat has even been filled with a new warm body—Steve Kerr.

There's a lot for Jackson to talk about, should he decide to grant an interview. 

And he did, speaking with Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group over the phone on Thursday night. Here are some of the highlights, though it's worth reading the interview in its entirety. 

Jackson's initial thoughts on the hiring of Kerr: 

I have no thoughts either way. Congratulations to him. Wish him the best. He’s inherited a great team with a great future.

And they are a championship-caliber team. Wish them nothing but the best.

On why he didn't tweet a congratulatory message to the former TNT broadcaster, as he did for Stan Van Gundy when the latter became the head coach and president of basketball operations with the Detroit Pistons

People say why didn’t I tweet congratulations yesterday, because I tweeted congratulations to Stan Van Gundy. So why not tweet congratulations to Steve Kerr?

And the only reason for that is it could be read different. So I texted him congratulations. I’ve got respect for him.

It’s nothing negative or any feelings that way. I’ve got respect for him and wish him the best.

Discussing his feelings about a potential job with the New York Knicks

I’m a guy that’s totally at peace. That hasn’t changed.

When the opportunity presents itself, I’ll be coaching or doing something else. I’m totally at peace and fine with waiting for the next move. And that’s if I never coach again and that’s if I coach again. That hasn’t changed.

I will continue to conduct myself and carry myself as consistent as the public has seen, not just for three years but for my entire life.

Answering whether he was bothered by Curry expressing support for Kerr: 

Not at all. If I ever coach again, if I comment about a great point guard or say how I’m excited about coaching another great point guard, I won’t be diminishing what I think about Steph and my relationship with him.

I don’t take it that way. I’m pulling for him. It was an honor and a privilege to coach him and the guys I coached for three years. I don’t look at it that way all.

All in all, Jackson handled this interview rather tactfully. 

Some of his answers were succinct, which could just as easily be interpreted as him being bitter as him just not having much to say. Feel free to draw your own conclusions, although it's worth noting that it'd be hard to have many positive feelings after such a bitter divorce immediately followed another season of improvement and a postseason exit against a great team. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 3: Mark Jackson of the Golden State Warriors addresses the media after Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 3, 2014 in Los Angeles,
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Don't expect Jackson to just fade into oblivion now that we seem to be wrapping up the story in which he and the Dubs both served as central figures. There are other stories that would be more than willing to subsume his character. 

For example, ESPN New York's Ian Begley recently reported that Carmelo Anthony would be willing to play for the former Golden State head coach, and that could have a large impact on the coaching search currently being discussed in The City That Never Sleeps.

"In the event that Jackson's arrival or his mere candidacy increases the chances of Anthony remaining in New York, the Zen Master owes it to himself, his superstar and the organization to check him out," writes Bleacher Report's Dan Favale

If there's anything crazier than the news cycle revolving around Jackson, it's what goes on about the happenings in Madison Square Garden. 

Buckle up, everyone. 


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