The Golden State Warriors are off to the best start in franchise history. Steph Curry is an early season front runner for the MVP, and the Dubs are currently riding their longest winning streak since.. well ever.
As the national media gawks over the impact that Steve Kerr has made to the Warriors, owner Joe Lacob continues to publicly offer his criticism of former head coach Mark Jackson and his staff. To be fair, it is his team, and he can say what he pleases, but one has to ask, why now?
As reported by Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie, Warriors Owner Joe Lacob offered his opinions on Jackson and his staff at a luncheon in front of the Western Association of Venutre Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association. You can read Dwyer's full article here.
Inside The Bay Area's Diamond Leung first reported the transcript of Lacob's comments:
"Right now, (Kerr) looks great," Lacob said at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon Wednesday. "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.
"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."
"You can't have a staff underneath you that isn't that good," Lacob said. "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)."
"Part of it was that he couldn't get along with anybody else in the organization," Lacob said. "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."
One has to wonder when the Warriors will move on from the Mark Jackson saga. As an owner, Joe Lacob has always offered his honest opinion, which from a fan's perspective, has to be admired. But why discuss the skeleton in the closet now?