The Golden State Warriors had reached the NBA Playoffs just once over the course of 18 years.

So when Mark Jackson led Golden State to the playoffs for a second-straight season, despite reported turmoil between him and staff/management, it was a head-scratching surprise that he was fired shortly after the Warriors fell to the talented (albeit distracted) LA Clippers in the playoffs' first round.

Now, SFBay has offered up a hint of what may better explain the boilerplate "we have different philosophies" and "we're going in a different direction" reasons given for Jackson's ouster.

SFBay.CADuring a shoot-around on a road trip before (Jason) Collins signed (with Brooklyn), reporters asked then-Golden State Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson his opinion of several big men as possible additions.

After someone joked about the signing of former Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to a 10-day contract, Collins’ name was brought up.

Jackson, according to a source close to the team, responded tersely:

“Not in my locker room.”

SFBay.CAJackson’s remarks are the latest and strongest indication that his intolerant attitude toward gays was grossly out of step with the progressive Bay Area and views held by Warriors management.

After Collins announced he was gay in 2013, Warriors President Rick Welts — the only openly gay, high-ranking executive in the NBA — expressed his well wishes and support.

Jackson, though, received criticism for his comments on the situation:

Mark Jackson (in 2013, on Jason Collins coming out)“I will say this. We live in a country that allows you to be whoever you want to be. As a Christian man, I serve a God that gives you free will to be who you want to be. As a Christian man, I have beliefs of what’s right and what’s wrong. That being said, I know Jason Collins, I know his family, and am certainly praying for them at this time.”

After his firing, Mark Jackson quickly regained his job at ESPN and serves on the broadcast team for the NBA Conference Finals.