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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have fired Mark Jackson, ending the franchise's most successful coaching tenure in the past two decades but also one filled with drama and distractions.
General manager Bob Myers thanked Jackson in a statement Tuesday for "his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago." Myers says it was a difficult decision but the Warriors "simply feel it's best to move in a different direction at this time."
Jackson's three seasons with the Warriors will be remembered for the way he helped turn a perennially losing franchise into a consistent winner and the bold and bombastic way in which he did it. Myers says it was a difficult decision but the Warriors "simply feel it's best to move in a different direction at this time."
Former Washington State University standout Klay Thompson, now with the Warriors, has played all three seasons of his NBA career under Jackson. Thompson averaged a career-high 18.4 points per game this season, as Golden State was ousted by the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.