Hopefully you all got a chance to read the fan post "A Letter to Mark Jackson" by doubleteapot. If not here it is:
Dear Mark Jackson,
I'll be honest here. I don't expect you to succeed. Nothing you have done as a commentator has impressed me. It's not that you say stupid phrases; Jeff Van Gundy goes off the rails all the time. It's that unlike Jeff Van Gundy, you contribute nothing valuable to the game being played. Van Gundy, for all his faults, gives great basketball analysis between his crazy rants. For example, during Game 2 of the Finals, he told the viewers that Dallas was killing Miami with a double screen. That was a great piece of analysis, and it helped me pick up on Dallas' strategy against Miami. You, on the other hand, think it's fine to make stupid one-liners and talk about players in vague phrases. That's great if you're a play-by-play guy on the radio. It's not great if you're a national announcer. Nobody needs to hear you repeat exactly what happened on the court.
But, as a Warriors fan, I want you to succeed. I want you to lead the Warriors to a playoff berth. But I just can't believe in you, or buy into whatever the front office is selling. You're a guy who has interviewed for several NBA coaching jobs before 2011, and failed to land a single one. So prove me wrong, Mark Jackson. Prove that you aren't just full of hot air. Prove that you're not just some sort of gimmick. Prove that you can coach a team to play decent defense.
Because until then, I won't believe in you.
A Skeptical Warriors Fan.
Curious to know what Joe Lacob had to say, this post was forwarded to him. This is what he said:
Oh, now I see. A non-believer. A skeptic.
You have a right to your opinion. By the way, at least you didn't use swear words. I almost did not respond.
I was not the one to email him the fanpost but later on he emailed me saying:
Obviously, we would not have hired him if we did not think very highly of him. We think he will be great.