Last year, many people began to criticize Mark Jackson for the poor treatment of the Warriors. He promised a playoff berth, but Warriors finished with a terrible percentage which was not even close to the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Critics said that he wasn’t even trying to enforce defense. The Warriors were hopeless.
In the offseason, however, Jackson was able to turn the Warriors into winners. Instead of gambling for the ball, the Warriors now play 24 second of hardcore defense. When they don’t get a rebound, they don’t give up. They simply just get back into it. This has proved to be very effective.
Through 33 games last year, the Warriors were 14-19, but this year they’re 22-11. That’s saying quite a lot, considering that most critics and pundits didn’t even consider the Warriors are sleeper team in the preseason predictions.
The Warriors management over the past couple of years has been absolutely dreadful. Despite all this, with trading away Baron Davis, Jason Richardson and even Jamal Crawford, Mark Jackson has handled the situation quite nicely. He has a nice rotation going, and knows exactly when his team is in need of advice on the court. Otherwise, it just looks like Stephen Curry and David Lee are flourishing in Mark Jackson’s system. This is exactly what Warrior’ fans could have hoped for.
“Mama there goes that man!” is Mark Jackson’s catchphrase. Before being signed as the Warriors coach, he was merely an analyst and play-by-play commentator. Luckily for Joe Lacob (owner of Warriors), Jackson played long enough, and commentated long enough to know the extremely game well. He knew what was wrong with the Warriors, and he went to fix it. Now every single hole, except the ones that Andrew Bogut needs to fill, have been covered.
Even so, David Lee, an undersized 6’9 power forward, has been inhaling rebounds. Do you think this has something to do with Mark Jackson? Coaching him in position? Jackson certainly can’t compare to coaches like Greg Popovich and Mike Woodson, but he’s certainly doing an excellent job with these Warriors.