The Golden State Warriors have been on a roll as of late, winning 15 of their 23 games, but a recent coaching shakeup had many questioning the direction the franchise is headed.
Earlier this week the team demoted assistant coach and former Bulls fan favorite, Brian Scalabrine, to their D-League affiliate -- Santa Cruz Warriors -- with just 11 games left in the season.
Head coach Mark Jackson called the demotion a "difference in philosophies."
"I made the decision," Jackson said, according to 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.
"I made a decision and wish him nothing but the very best. This is my decision and we move forward. One thing I will say is that we're a tied-together team, excited about finishing up the season the right way."
But according to Jordan Ramirez of Warriors World, Scalabrine's reassignment stemmed from a heated verbal altercation with fellow assistant coach and long-time Bulls assistant Pete Myers.
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The 36-year-old Scalabrine had been offered a spot on Tom Thibodeau's staff following the 2012 season, but opted to dabble in broadcast for a year. He joined Jackson's coaching staff last July.
At 44-27, the Warriors currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference, but are only two games ahead of the ninth place Dallas Mavericks.