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Warriors demote assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to D-League

03.27.14 at 11:00 am ET

Brian Scalabrine might be a legend to fans in Boston and Chicago, but he’s apparently worn out his welcome with Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

Scalabrine, who earlier this week was removed from the bench by Jackson, was assigned to the team’s D-League affiliate in nearby Santa Cruz due to a “difference in philosophies.”

“I made the decision,” Jackson said after Tuesday’s practice (via the San Francisco Chronicle). “I’m fortunate enough to have an ownership group and a management group that allows me to pick my staff. We’re just going in a different direction. That’s that.”

Added Jackson: “I made a decision and wish him nothing but the very best. This is my decision and we move forward.”

Scalabrine, 36, played 11 seasons in the NBA, including five with the Celtics, winning an NBA title in Boston in 2008. He joined the Warriors last offseason, after a year in broadcast media (including analyzing the Celtics for CSNNE).

Jackson, who last season had an issue with assistant coach Mike Malone (now head coach of the Kings), has coached the Warriors for three years and has one year remaining on his contract. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Jackson showed interest in the Clippers and Nets vacancies last year, and his future with Golden State is in doubt due in part to his issues managing his staff.

Jackson denied the report that the Warriors, who are 44-27 and in sixth place in the Western Conference, have a dysfunctional working relationship.

“The culture, the environment has no dysfunction at all. That’s comical,” Jackson said. “It’s a fun time, and we are looking forward to finishing up the season. It’s a time to be smiling and joyful.”

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