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Despite making the playoffs the last two seasons, the Warriors fired head coach Mark Jackson this past offseason and replaced him with first-time coach Steve Kerr.
According to Bay Area News Group, on Wednesday, while speaking at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon, owner Joe Lacob explained why he got rid of Jackson.
"Right now, (Kerr) looks great. I think he will be great. And he did the one big thing that I wanted more than anything else from Mark Jackson he just wouldn't do, in all honesty, which is hire the very best," Lacob said at the event.
"Carte blanche. Take my wallet. Do whatever it is to get the best assistants there are in the world. Period. End of story. Don't want to hear it. And (Jackson's) answer...was, 'Well, I have the best staff.' No you don't. And so with Steve, very, very different," Lacob continued.
After Kerr was brought in, the Warriors hired Alvin Gentry away from the Clippers to be the associate head coach, lured long-time assistant coach Ron Adams away from Boston and hired Luke Walton to be an assistant coach.
"You can't have a staff underneath you that isn't that good. And if you're going to get better, you've got to have really good assistants. You've got to have people that can be there to replace you. We all know this from all of our companies. It's...Management 101. A lot of people on the outside couldn't understand it when we (fired Jackson)," Lacob said.
Lacob didn't stop there, providing addition reasons for Jackson's dismissal.
"Part of it was that he couldn't get along with anybody else in the organization. And look, he did a great job, and I'll always compliment him in many respects, but you can't have 200 people in the organization not like you," Lacob asserted.
Through December 4, the Warriors own a 16-2 record, best in the NBA.