Category Archives: Mark Jackson

Grizzlies 108 Warriors 90: Growing Pains

Not going to recap this Warriors loss to the Grizzlies, as I found it to be a relatively uninteresting game. All those who are feeling pangs over these last two losses should bear in mind that they were practically pre-ordained to be losses — even before Curry got injured. First of all, I consider the Spurs and the Grizzlies to be the cream of the Warriors opponents in the West this season — the second and third best teams in the conference. Tough veteran teams that already know exactly what they want to do when they take the court. They have a huge edge this early in the season against teams that are working in new players and new systems. And that’s what the Warriors are, in spades. The Warriors are working in two new players in the first unit — Iggy and a healthy Bogut, who still has played fewer than 50 games in a Warriors uniform, and only 7 of those “healthy.” The second unit is of course brand spanking new. As is, to my eye, much of the offense the Warriors have installed to accommodate their new players. Continue reading

Half-Way Crooks: Magic 117 Warriors 109

This guy don’t wanna battle, he’s shook
Cause there ain’t no such thing as half-way crooks. — Eminem*

This game against the Orlando Magic was extremely interesting in the questions it has raised.  Was the Hack-a-Dwight a good strategy? Would Don Nelson have done the same thing?  Did the Warriors miss Kwame Brown in this game? Did the Warriors have a good game plan in this game?

Could this game have been won?

My one word answers to these questions, in order:  No.  No. Yes and No. (That’s three words I guess, sorry.)  No.

Yes.

Surprised by these answers?  Well, I’m going to surprise you further: I’d like to show you some very simple stats to support them. Yes, this avowed stat hater is going to convince you of the rectitude of his positions by trotting out some very simple stats.             Continue reading

Growing Pains: Suns 102 Warriors 91

Not going to recap this Suns game. I wrote up something quite long, but have decided not to post it. Too negative. I’ve saved it, and will probably use some of it in later posts. I hope not. Perhaps it’s completely unjustified. I’ll try to take the long view, and wait for the Warriors to get all their pieces back. It would be nice if this Warriors team could play just one decent stretch of basketball with all of its pieces, wouldn’t it?  Just one stretch in what, four years now? Five?                Continue reading

Get on the Warriors: Warriors 92 Knicks 78

I am as delighted by this Warriors win over the Knicks as anyone.  More than delighted. I’m ecstatic, not just for the single win in a long NBA season, but for the promise of many more wins to come that I see in the quality of their coach, Mark Jackson.

But before I get into that, I just have to get the nonsense out of the way. The nonsense that is spewing out of the mouths of the Warriors media right now.  And yes, spewing out of the mouth of their head coach.  Continue reading

Return of the Fast Break: 2011-12 Golden State Warriors Preview (Pt. 1)

Most NBA pundits are predicting that Mark Jackson is about to radically transform the Warriors style, forcing them away from their run and gun roots under Nellie, and towards a slowed-down style that emphasizes defense first.

I am predicting the exact opposite.

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Mark Jackson to Coach the Warriors, From Every Angle

Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.Andre Gide

After reacting with the requisite knee-jerk snarkiness to the news of Mark Jackson’s hiring — I tweeted: “It should come as no surprise that Joe Lacob just hired an expert at walking the ball up the court to coach the fastest team in the league.” — I’ve taken the last few days to come to a considered opinion. I’ve read through the media statements, done some research, and remembered some past Mark Jackson statements from his coverage of Warriors games.  I’ve looked at Lacob’s surprising choice for head coach of the Warriors from every angle.

You might be surprised by my take.                                   Continue reading