After leading his team to a 51-31 record, and a heart-breaking Game Seven loss to favored opponents the LA Clippers in the postseason, Mark Johnson has been fired from his role as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
Jackson was relieved of his duties after three seasons with the team in which he build perhaps the most impressive Warriors roster in over a decade.
But the 49-year-olds tenure was also marred by several incidents of infighting and controversy, not least of which was the unceremonious sackings of a number of his coaching staff in recent times.
Rumors about the future of Jackson had been persistent themselves recently, with ESPN reported Monday on the fragility of his position with the Warriors after reports of a lack of interest in practice sessions and game preparation.
And today those in charge saw fit to fire Jackson even after the rookie coach had turned a perennially losing franchise into a playoff contender since arriving in 2011.
Early candidates for the new coaching vacancy include Steve Kerr and Tom Thibodeau.