There were a number of issues in the wake of Mark Jackson's dismissal as coach of the Golden State Warriors, but below the surface was a conversation about racial dynamics that few were willing to have. Marcus Thompson, columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, wrote a nuanced column about the subject, and we're happy to have him on the Drive & Kick to continue the conversation.
(Note: This podcast was recorded before the Warriors hired Steve Kerr to replace Jackson).
Among the topics we talked about on the podcast:
- Why, exactly, did Mark Jackson get fired? Marcus says it was a major clash of personalities between Jackson and management.
- Opportunities for black coaches and developing relationships with front offices.
- Coaching stereotypes and why the cliche of the black coach as a motivator is so harmful.
- What Mark Jackson got wrong. "If you have a boss, you need to please your boss."
- Three years later, would both sides like a do-over? Marcus says it was a matter of clashing basketball philosophies.
- The locker room dynamics and how much player support Jackson actually had.
- We talked about the religious aspect and why that makes people so uncomfortable.
- The wave of owners from a data-driven background and how that clashes with charismatic former players as coaches.
- Media narratives and how that shapes the agenda about coaches.