Four years after Scalabrine was demoted from Jackson’s bench and ultimately released, the former assistant took responsibility for the fallout in Golden State — “it was totally my fault,” he said — and emphasized how relatable Jackson is to today’s NBA player.
“It was like no locker room I’ve ever been a part of, just his technique for motivating guys to run through a wall for him,” Scalabrine told the Daily News. “And if I had a young team I would definitely think about hiring a guy like Mark because there’s a certain amount of development that has to happen in the NBA. And guys need to take strides. And confidence is a big part of it. And he knows how to bring out that confidence.”