Warriors fire Mark Jackson

 

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Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors fired head coach Mark Jackson on Tuesday.

The move came after the sixth-seeded Warriors were knocked out of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in seven games by the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Golden State, which was 121-109 during Jackson's three-year tenure in the Bay Area, went 51-31 during the regular season.

The Warriors have tallied 98 wins the last two seasons, the best two-year stretch since the team posted 99 victories in the 1990-91 and 1991-92 campaigns. That was also the last time Golden State made consecutive playoff appearances until this year.

"It's never easy to make a decision of this nature," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said. "Mark has accomplished many good things during his three years with the organization, including his role in helping elevate this team into a better position than it was when he arrived nearly 36 months ago.

We're appreciative of his dedication and commitment since his arrival and are extremely grateful for his contributions. However, as an organization, we simply feel it's best to move in a different direction at this time."

The 49-year-old Jackson, who had one year remaining on his contract, is one of only three coaches -- along with Don Nelson and Alvin Attles -- to lead the Warriors to at least 50 wins in a season.

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