By Phil Taylor
May 07, 2014
Warriors owner Joe Lacob (left) fired Mark Jackson despite back-to-back postseason appearances.
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Lacob is a risk taker, and he has taken a big one here. Give him credit for not being satisfied with merely transforming the Warriors into a good team; he wants them to be a championship team. If he hits a home run with the next coach, his reasons for dismissing the old one will be of little consequence. To do that, Golden State's brain trust will have to be smart and shrewd enough to hire someone who connects with the players, motivates them and leads them to the next level of the NBA pecking order. In other words, they'll need to find someone who can do exactly what Mark Jackson just did.

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