It’s good to be a fan of the Warriors right now. The Dubs are the World Champions after 40 years of suffering. It had not been easy to root for the Warriors in the past, but all that has changed for the better.
Mark Jackson deserves credit for turning this team around and changing the culture. Obviously, Jackson could not take the Warriors to the promise land and was replaced by Steve Kerr this past off-season.
Jackson had some interesting tactics when he was the head coach and didn’t get along with the front office and some assistant coaches. That’s actually a big reason why Jackson was let go, but there was other incidents that could have led to his departure as well. According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, Jackson lied to the players about Festus Ezeli rooting against them:
When Ezeli was injured last season, Jackson and his staff told the healthy players that Ezeli was cheering against them — so that he would look good, according to several team sources. Players confronted Ezeli in a meeting, and he wept at the accusation — which he denied.
Ezeli was already dealing with the fact that he could not be on the floor with his teammates and Jackson got the players to confront him about it. Ezeli didn’t have any idea of what they were talking about and was left in tears. This doesn’t make much sense. Why would Jackson want to get the players riled up about Ezeli?
When Jackson was fired last year, Steph Curry and other players voiced their displeasure with the decision, which is why this report is surprising since Jackson was seen as a player’s coach. Now, that the Warriors are champions, it’s confirmed that letting Jackson go was the right choice. Steve Kerr inherited a good team, but he took them over the hump. More importantly, Kerr would never pull those type of antics with this team.