Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson preaching on a Los Angeles street corner (video)
As a rift grew between Mark Jackson and Warriors ownership, one issue was reportedly his refusal to move to the Bay Area. There were legitimate basketball reasons to fire Jackson, and I’m sure they played a part, but there was also a cultural divide (one I’m skeptical Joe Lacob did enough to overcome).
Jackson is the pastor of a Los Angeles church, and that’s a key reason he wouldn’t move. Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group:
You can see Jackson’s preaching in action:
And he explains just what he was doing:
Saturday was World Vision Day!! A call 4 every Believer 2 hit the Streets n Preach for 1 hr. My Church Fam and I was Blessed 2 take part!!— Mark Jackson (@MarkJackson13) July 7, 2014
I can see why Lacob and Jackson weren’t on the same page. To many, including myself, these street-corner preachers do nothing but block the sidewalk.
To Jackson, his mission is much more personal – and good for him. The slight inconvenience of passersby is no reason to stop if that’s what he believes is right.
The worldview Jackson shows in this video also shouldn’t prevent him from coaching an NBA team. I hope it didn’t.