The 10-man rotation, starring the end of Mark Jackson's tenure with the Golden State Warriors

Dan Devine
May 7, 2014
Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, center, hugs guard Stephen Curry after Curry was taken out of the game as forward Draymond Green looks on during the second half in Game 7 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-121
Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, center, hugs guard Stephen Curry after Curry was taken out of the game as forward Draymond Green looks on during the second half in Game 7 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 126-121. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

That's right: We're bidding farewell to Mark Jackson with an all "what just happened and what comes next for the Golden State Warriors?" edition of the 10-man. Back to your regularly scheduled programming next time.

C: Golden State of Mind. Andy Liu: "[...] the variation in opinion from everyone affected by this decision is fascinating in the sense we have no real grasp as to whether this decision was made with business, personal, nepotistic, religious, or racial overtones. Whichever it may be, or all of them at once, there is no shortage of drama to go around."

PF: San Jose Mercury News. Tim Kawakami: "The Warriors brass is wagering that it was a bigger part of the franchise turn-around than Jackson was. Nobody can be sure of this, but Jackson’s rift with management forced a decision: Accept him with all his edges or move on and find somebody better. They moved on, which changes the focus from Jackson’s foibles to their own, if things unravel in the coming years."

SF: Sports Illustrated. Chris Ballard: "It's interesting that, in the end, Mark Jackson's greatest asset with players — his persona — is also what got him fired."

SG: Fast Break. Adam Lauridsen: "This season — continuing through the playoffs — a pattern was established where Jackson would make questionable decisions and then actively silence or rebel against those in the Warriors organization who would question him. That’s not an environment in which this very talented team can reach its full potential."

PG: San Francisco Chronicle. Ann Killion: "Everything about Jackson was under scrutiny, which includes his very public persona as a religious man. It was probably not at the top of the list, but was probably on the list."

6th: The Triangle. Zach Lowe: "Golden State did well under Jackson, and he was a big part of that success. The players spoke up for him and played hard. But the Warriors are wagering they are better off with a different coach, and they have legitimate grounds — for basketball reasons and off-court issues — to believe that."

7th: The Diss. Kevin Draper: "Warriors fans sense negativity before the signs manifest themselves. The Warriors may have won 51 games this season, but they slipped relative to the competition. Stephen Curry may love Mark Jackson, but loving Don Nelson didn’t prevent Stephen Jackson from forcing a salary cap crippling contract extension. Mark Jackson may be a good coach, but he alienated his only high-quality assistant coaches. We are conditioned to understand that this means another season in the basement is arriving shortly."

8th: TrueHoop. Ethan Sherwood Strauss: "Jackson probably could have avoided the fork in the road that led to this, but he chose to do it his way. [...] If you’re going to do it your way, you need to win big. Jackson didn't."

9th: Basketball Insiders. Nate Duncan: "[...] with Jackson’s firing the pressure is now squarely on management to nail their next coaching hire and improve the personnel. And, as we shall see, the pressure is also going to be on owner Joe Lacob and his ownership group to open their wallets to maximize this team’s odds at a championship."

10th: The Hook. Tom Ziller: "Not only did Jackson famously clash with his front office and, more importantly, his team's owner, but there are no safe jobs for NBA head coaches. None."

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