Warriors owner: With the Golden State Warriors (16-2) winning games under rookie coach Steve Kerr, team owner Joe Lacob opened up about former coach Mark Jackson in a Menlo Park, California, luncheon for fellow venture capitalists earlier this week. In comments published by InsideBayArea.com, Lacob detailed why he hired and eventually fired Jackson. Of Jackson’s firing, Lacob said, “Part of it was, 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 other people in the organization not like you.” Lacob described Jackson’s style as something the Warriors initially needed to change the culture of the organization, even though Jackson was an inexperienced coach who “didn’t know X’s and O’s, really.” Lacob said the key was to hire an experienced staff around Jackson, an idea that was met with resistance from him. “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.” Lacob contrasted Jackson’s tactics to Kerr’s approach. “I think (Kerr) will be great,” Lacob said. “And he did the one big thing I wanted more than anything else from Mark Jackson, who 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.” Lacob did have some praise for Jackson, crediting him for making the team better and calling the decision to fire him “a really tough call.” Lacob was not available for comment Saturday.an upgrade over Jackson

With the Golden State Warriors (16-2) winning games under rookie coach Steve Kerr, team owner Joe Lacob opened up about former coach Mark Jackson in a Menlo Park, California, luncheon for fellow venture capitalists earlier this week.

In comments published by InsideBayArea.com, Lacob detailed why he hired and eventually fired Jackson.

Of Jackson’s firing, Lacob said, “Part of it was, 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 other people in the organization not like you.”

Lacob described Jackson’s style as something the Warriors initially needed to change the culture of the organization, even though Jackson was an inexperienced coach who “didn’t know X’s and O’s, really.”

Lacob said the key was to hire an experienced staff around Jackson, an idea that was met with resistance from him.

“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.”

Lacob contrasted Jackson’s tactics to Kerr’s approach.

“I think (Kerr) will be great,” Lacob said. “And he did the one big thing I wanted more than anything else from Mark Jackson, who 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.”

Lacob did have some praise for Jackson, crediting him for making the team better and calling the decision to fire him “a really tough call.”

Lacob was not available for comment Saturday.

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