Speaking at a venture capitalist luncheon last week, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob gave his reasons for firing head coach Mark Jackson after a second consecutive Playoff berth last season.
Lacob essentially painted Jackson as an ego-maniacal jerk, who couldn’t get along with others in the organization (Warriors players exempted.)
Per the Mercury News:
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark Jackson and what he accomplished as our head coach,” Lacob wrote in an e-mail. “He did a terrific job. I’ve said that many times over the last several months and in recent days, including at this week’s event. […] I was asked to draw comparisons earlier this week between building businesses in the tech world and the sports world and, unfortunately, I used some poor judgment. That’s my mistake. I did attempt to reach out to Mark on Friday, and I certainly apologize for my comments and any unintended harm. I know that Mark will succeed again in this business.”
Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson referenced Joe Lacob in his sermon at his church Sunday, saying the co-owner “put me on blast.”
Smiling as he spoke to members of a cheering congregation, Jackson said in recorded comments that Lacob “said I was good for nothing, an owner that knew me for three years and spent a couple of minutes around me, an owner that had the audacity to say that 200 folks don’t like me in the business.”