Andre Iguodala recently said that the Golden State Warriors should be trying to win more than 50 games next season.
Head coach Mark Jackson, however, doesn’t believe in setting such goals for his team. In a meeting with the media on Tuesday, Jackson was asked about a sign that was placed in the locker room that “starts with the number 5.”
Jackson responded that he took it down, and explained himself:
The reason why is: because if you put that up there, that’s a target. I don’t want any limits. And anything can happen where that could be a great number, or it could be a number where you’re putting a ceiling on us. So I think: let’s roll the dice, let’s go out there and compete, let’s gain chemistry and let’s build on what we did last year. So I’m not a guy that would sell to the guys, ‘Let’s put a number up there and go get it’. No, let’s be the best that we could possibly be. And I think if we do that, like last year, end the season with our tank on empty, we’ll be extremely satisfied with what takes place.
The Warriors won 47 games last season and made the postseason for just the second time in 19 years. This year, they’re expected to build upon their surprise success in 2012 and perhaps contend for the NBA title.
Yet Jackson insist that he will not put a ceiling on the Warriors’ season.
“I’m really not going to put a number on it,” he said. “I want to be a very good basketball team with a chance to win the whole thing. Let’s stay healthy, lets continue to build. And I like the progress that we’ve made since we got here. Let’s slow down, lets continue to get better, and lets see where the chips fall.”