BSO- Mark Jackson clearly has not forgot what happened to him during his coaching stint with the Golden State Warriors. During the Thunder vs. Rockets game Mark Jackson used the D’Angelo Russell situation to throw shade.
Many are saying that Jackson is referring to his former assistant coach Darren Erman who was secretly recording his conversations during his last season with the Warriors. It will be very interesting to see Mark Jackson call another Warriors game this season.
Okay, let me just start by saying what everyone is already thinking, that was incredibly unprofessional by Mark Jackson. Announcers can't be using their position in front of a microphone to throw public, not-so-subtle insults at a team that isn't even participating in the game that's currently taking place. That being said, this needed to happen. I needed to hear Mark Jackson voice his pent up frustrations with the Golden State Warriors. Not just because it makes for excellent television, but because the mature, professional Mark Jackson that was forced to work his former employer's championship run last year was a man that had something that he needed to get off his chest...
That's a man that was dead behind the eyes. A man that couldn't truly let the healing process begin until he said what he had to say. Did he choose the most appropriate time to say it? No, definitely not. I liken this to criticizing an ex-girlfriend in front of your mutual friends. You know you shouldn't do it, but sometimes you just can't help yourself. Sometimes you just have to make a joke when the situation calls for it, regardless of whether your present company is the most appropriate audience. We have all been there before. It's a jealous, spiteful, and vindictive thing to do, but I'll be damned if it doesn't expedite the process of closure. Simply put, when you're put in that position the only person you can hurt by holding your tongue is you. So yes, it's selfish to make things awkward for everyone else, but it's worth it if it benefits you in the long run.
The fact of the matter is that what D'Angelo Russell did to Swaggy P. damn near replicates the situation of which Mark Jackson was a victim. Neither person was in the right, but they certainly didn't deserve to be wronged in the way that they were. Their punishment definitely didn't fit their crime. That doesn't give them a free pass to say or do whatever the fuck they want in retaliation, but I think we can let Mark Jackson slide on this one. If for no other reason than it might be therapeutic enough to keep him from preaching the word of the Lord on a street corner like a drunk homeless person begging for pity pennies...
P.S. Only JVG would respond to that with a declarative "SHOTS FIRED!", and that's why it's impossible to dislike Jeff Van Gundy.