Mark Jackson forces Brian Scalabrine to be reassigned
Brian Scalabrine will no longer be patrolling the sidelines for the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach. As of Tuesday, Scalabrine has been reassigned. Why? Because Mark Jackson has found another assistant he can’t get along with.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Jackson has not been able to coexist with Scalabrine despite Golden State ownership and management being impressed with the former Chicago Bull’s performance on the job. While it is unclear what caused the relationship between Jackson and Scalabrine to sour, we do know Jackson has lousy history with assistants.
As Wojnarowski pointed out, Jackson and former assistant coach Michael Malone went weeks without speaking to each other during the 2012-2013 season. Malone has since left the Warriors to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.
Scalabrine is viewed as someone with great basketball knowledge who is respected across the league. Jackson hired him after he came highly recommended by Tom Thibodeau, who coached Scal with both the Bulls and Boston Celtics. Jackson’s inability to work with his assistants is probably one of the reasons the Warriors have not reached out to him to discuss a contract extension.