Mark Jackson Not Worried About Contract Extension from the Golden State Warriors

by June 19, 2013

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson says he knows that things will work themselves out in due time—Jackson is under contract next season, and the team has an option for the 2014-15 campaign. The coach isn’t sweating his future with the franchise after leading them back into the postseason. Per the Mercury News: “‘I’m thrilled to have a job and to coach this group of guys — and with great ownership, a great front office and fan base,’ Jackson said. ‘I’m a guy with great faith. I know it’ll work out. So I don’t get caught up in it. This isn’t standard ‘coach line.’ It’s the truth. It’ll work out. I do know that.’ […] And if Jackson has been upset by any perceived delay, I’m sure he’d let everybody know. I asked: He isn’t upset. Instead, Jackson had his mind focused directly on the coming season, the upcoming July movement period, and the long-term growth of this young team. There was, however, one issue that seemed to spark his competitive nature — when I asked about No. 1 assistant Michael Malone landing the Sacramento Kings head-coaching gig and the perception that losing Malone could severely hamper the Warriors’ sideline brainpower. Jackson said it’s likely that No. 2 assistant Pete Myers will move up to the top slot and No. 3 Darren Erman will move into Myers’ role and that he sees no need to search for a proven ‘X-and-O guy’ to replace Malone. And while Jackson praised Malone for all he did — ‘he was great for me’ — Jackson suggested it’s a fantasy to presume that Malone was the Warriors’ singular strategic mastermind. ‘Every decision was my decision,’ Jackson said. ‘So I had an incredible staff that gave opinions and input, but there’s not a decision, whether bad or good, that I didn’t make. Mike Malone is the head coach of the Sacramento Kings now, so he can give you the right answer on how I’ll survive without him. He’s a great coach who’s going to do a great job. When it turns around in Sacramento, if and when it does, he deserves the credit.'”