Before Mark Jackson arrived in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors had only made the playoffs once in the previous seventeen years. Jackson then promptly took a young team, developed guard Steph Curry into a superstar, and led the Warriors to the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. In 2012-13, Jackson guided the team to a 47-35 record and a remarkable campaign into the second round of the playoffs. Then this year, the Warriors finished 51-31 before losing in the first round to a superior Los Angeles Clippers team. But what did that get Jackson? His walking papers. Warriors management fired him, convinced that the team should have done better, despite the fact that Jackson had engineered the Warriors most successful run in two decades. No respect. Well, Mr. Jackson, we respect you. And you're going to be missed.
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