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Mark Jackson promises culture change in Warriors

Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:34 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 9:39 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

DALLAS -- Mama, there goes that regime change.

Mark Jackson took over duties as head coach of the Golden State Warriors Tuesday and immediately made it clear that the most important element of his planned changes for the team lies in their culture.

"The culture's got to change," Jackson said,"and I'm excited about changing the culture."

The Warriors for years have been the prototypical "fast and loose" team. Marked by exciting transition basketball that inevitably leads to weaknesses on the defensive end. The Warriors were sixth in pace last season, and 26th in defensive efficiency. The two are considered to be strongly related. Jackson, though, said that there will not be a move away from transition basketball with him as head coach.

"Absolutely not," Jackson said. "We will push the basketball. We will look for opportunities in transition. But we will not just push it just to be pushing."

Jackson tied in that culture change with the idea that folds into the offensive approach, something which has not been in effect in previous years with an "any look will do" scheme during the Don Nelson years. The rookie head coach said players will have to perfrom defensively.

"You're not going to have a license to shoot when you're not getting it done on the other end. They will be held accountable, and there will be a price to pay. I'm of the mindset that the only way to win in this league and to win big is play defensively."

Jackson enters a team that has a big draft coming up and will be looking to make moves to change the personnel to a more defensive approach. But with only a few weeks between his hiring and the draft, will Jackson have an impact on the draft at all?

With all that said, Jackson clearly feels that this team isn't just set to challenge in the future, but to win now.

"When you look at their talent level, this is a team that is certainly capable of making the playoffs and making a run."

You can put it in bold letters," Jackson said in his trademark speaking style, "I fully expect for the Golden State Warriors to be a playoff team next year. If I did not expect that, I would not have taken the job. And I won't minimize it by just being a playoff team. We're looking to turn the Bay Area upside-down."

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:25 pm

Mark Jackson promises culture change in Warriors

This hire is laughable. Mark Jackson is perhaps the dumbest nba annoucer/commentator I have ever seen. He repeatedly states the obvious, while his partner Jeff Van Gundy, provides the real insight and corrects him. The guy's an oaf. Typical for a small-market team like the warriors to try to make a "big hire" and hire a well known name from..... broadcasting. What a joke. Poor warriors......

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:06 pm

Mark Jackson promises culture change in Warriors

Yeah Baby! The GS Warrior Prison is going into Lockdown! The buildup is happening in Bay Area! West, Jackson,Malone. Lets keep this rolling.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:45 pm

Mark Jackson promises culture change in Warriors

Many Warrior fans are cynical...which is understandable, to a point.  When the new owners told fans they'd make bold decisions, they were serious.  They brought Jerry West on of the best and brightest NBA minds in the business.  He They brought in an asst GM who'll likely take over from Larry Riley in the near future.  Now, they've hired Mark Jackson.  This isn't the first NBA head coaching job he's been a finalist, it really shouldn't be a shock to fans who pay attention to those things.  If you look back at the Warriors history of hiring head coaches, they've typically gone for experience.  We all know how that's turned out.  I totally agree with the culture change...this franchise desperately needed one, and Lacob and Gruber are doing what they promised.  Fans need to forget the past and look to the future...and have the patience to let things develop.  Easy to be a critic...but that's not productive at this point. 

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:03 am

Mark Jackson promises culture change in Warriors

Wait, is this a joke?

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