Mark Jackson on D’Angelo Russell: pic.twitter.com/3Nsolk3vnC
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) April 3, 2016
During the Rockets-Thunder game on Sunday afternoon, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson went off on a little tangent about the recent D’Angelo Russell controversy, which has centered on the Lakers rookie secretly videotaping Nick Young, who appeared on camera to admit to certain liaisons with women other than his fiancee Iggy Azalea. Jackson and JVG both agreed that the organization should’ve suspended Russell for his indiscretions, perhaps for multiple games, but Jackson blew the whole discussion out of the water with this perfectly-executed joke alluding to his own prior experience with being surreptitiously recorded.
A couple of years ago, while Jackson was still head coach of the Golden State Warriors, you’ll recall a similar scandal involving then-Warriors assistant coach Darren Erman, who was fired for allegedly recording all sorts of interactions between various coaching staff and players without their knowledge or permission. That was just one of numerous issues Jackson had with his staff that season, which also included him unceremoniously demoting Brian Scalabrine to coach in the D-League.
Jackson himself didn’t last very long with the franchise after that, but he deserves major props here for a relevant, well-timed burn on his shady former assistant during his coaching days.