Following the Golden State Warriors 126-121 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven Saturday night, many are questioning if head coach Mark Jackson will return next season.
It’s been reported lately that Jackson and the Warriors front office aren’t “on the same page.”
One report as recent as this week said Jackson is “on an island,” when it comes to support from the organization.
Golden State finished the season with a (51-31) record and a sixth seed in the deep and competitive Western Conference.
It’s hard to believe that Jackson is so unpopular with his management considering his relationship with his players and others around the league.
“I’m going to be fine either way, if its coaching or working with the church,” Jackson said of his future.
NBA analyst Steve Kerr is reported front runner for the New York Knicks coaching vacancies but it seems he is waiting to see what transpires between Jackson and the Warriors before making a decision.
What may be an interesting destination for Jackson is the Indiana Pacers.
“It’s a possibility, he makes sense,” a source close to the situation said.
Jackson a former Pacer, played with the team from 1994-96 and again from 1997-2000.
Indiana squeaked past eighth seeded Atlanta Saturday afternoon but it’s no secret the teams disfunction.
Jackson’s leadership and “players coach” reputation might be just what the Pacers need moving forward.
One thing is for sure, if Golden State lets Jackson go he won’t be out of a job for long.