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Jackson on being fired: 'It was a good day'

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Mark Jackson, fired Tuesday after a 51-win season with the Golden State Warriors, said not playing the game on the business side might have been his downfall.

The former head coach said it was not fair to him if he was fired for what is being portrayed by team officials as a personality rift.

"I don't believe that," Jackson said on the Dan Patrick Show. "I understand everything they're saying, but at the end of the day, I'm a guy who believes you stay in your lane. Quite honestly, I stay in my lane. I have a boss -- I deal with my boss. It's new to me, so I don't know how to dance with the business folks."

Had he not been fired during a meeting with management, Jackson said he would have demanded changes or offered his resignation.

Jackson said he was not contacted by the New York Knicks and isn't sure what to expect the rest of the offseason.

"It was a tough day, but it was a great day," Jackson said. "It brings closure to a great three-year run."

Jackson said there was "a lot of stuff told and lied about and leaked" by what he referred to as the "business side." He felt the overarching problem was "everybody wants the glory."

"There is a way to do things," Jackson said. "At the end of the day will be how you talk to people, how you treat people ... I'm going to walk and take the high road. I'm not going to play the game and be disrespectful. I'm extremely blessed. I'm at peace."

The difficult part might come in seeing a team he helped build take the next step. The Warriors lost in the first-round playoff series to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Now the process is -- this is a championship-caliber team," Jackson said. "With Andrew Bogut out of the playoffs, it was a tough hill to climb. I love my players. They played their hearts out for me. That's the toughest part.

"Fifty-one is not enough. Having a chance is not enough."
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