No doubts for W's Jackson


No doubts for W's Jackson

Virtually every coach the Warriors have hired over the past 20 years has said many of the same things Mark Jackson has said: That the Warriors will make the playoffs, that the franchise will eventually become one of the NBA's elite and that the ultimate goal is to win a championship.But no other coach has said those things quite like Jackson.Whether it was his initial guarantee of the postseason when he was hired back in early June or his subsequent repeating of that prediction over the ensuing weeks and months, Jackson has been impressively confident -- perhaps even arrogant -- that he will succeed with Golden State.
His "Things be changin' in the Bay Area" quote was all at once amusing, hopeful and boastful. And his claim that "The Bay Area will never be the same" once he, owner Joe Lacob and Jerry West get through with it is as bold as it gets.Back in the late 1990s, P.J. Carlesimo talked of accountability and defense -- just like Jackson. In the early part of the 2000s, Dave Cowens maintained you could build a winner in Golden State -- just like Jackson. After that, it was Eric Musselman who talked about changing the culture -- just like Jackson.And before, during and after, let's not forget Mike Montgomery, Don Nelson, Brian Winters, Garry St. Jean, Bob Lanier, Rick Adelman and Keith Smart.But the bottom line is that no coach since Nelson -- Part I in the early 1990s -- has been able to win with any kind of consistency. So, even though Jackson may talk the talk a little bit better than all of those other guys, the cynic inside every Warriors fan won't believe it until they see it."I would understand that (cynicism)," Jackson said recently. "Rightfully so. I can't disrespect the struggles of the past and I can't throw it out the window. But I was never a part of it. I want to thank them for their loyalty, and promise: 'Things be changing' in the Bay Area.' And hold me to it."I've never lost in my life. I've won at everything I've tried to do. And look at the body of work with ownership, the front office. This is different and we fully expect to make an impact. It's going to be a lot of fun, so fasten your seatbelt."Most veteran coaches don't have the confidence Jackson has, and yet it's Jackson who never has been an NBA coach, or one at any level.That's what striking about Jackson. When he talks, there is absolute assuredness in his voice. He is steadfast and secure, whether he's talking about his church, his personal life or basketball. That obvious certainty begs the question: Does Mark Jackson have any self-doubt?"No," Jackson responded. "No. I'm a God-fearing man. And with that, my job is to speak it and watch Him -- God -- come through. The pressure is not on me. It's going to work out just fine."Maybe so. But for many Bay Area fans, they'll need to see it before they believe.

Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies


Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies

When the Warriors set foot in FedEx Forum on Saturday, they’ll find a very different atmosphere as well as a barely recognizable team of Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grindhouse is not the same. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have left the building. So, too, has the “Grindfather” himself, Tony Allen.

So in their only trip to Memphis this season, the Warriors will focus mostly on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol, the remaining core members of the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.

The Warriors (1-1) will be playing for the second night in a row, while the Grizzlies (1-0) have not played since their season opener Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Warriors by 8.5

Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley: Curry has a long memory, and he will remember not only that the Warriors last season lost twice to the Grizzlies but also that Conley’s 27 points and clutch play offset Curry’s 40 points and led Memphis to an overtime win in Oakland. It won’t matter to Curry that the Warriors posted double-digit wins over the Grizzlies in the last two meetings last season. He may want to take over.

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.

Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) are listed as out.

The Warriors have won five of the last seven in Memphis and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.

BREEZE OR WHEEZE: Coach Steve Kerr has expressed some concern about the team’s conditioning level. On the second night of their first back-to-back set -- with the Warriors arriving at the hotel at 2:30 a.m. -- it could provide a glimpse of their progress. Kerr said he would consider resting one or two players. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both coming off injuries, would seem logical candidates.

GEORGIA VS. SPAIN: The Republic of Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia and Spain’s Marc Gasol know each other well, having spent years battling internationally and in the NBA. There will be no surprises, but Pachulia will have to avoid foul trouble to remain a part of his team’s defensive rotation against one of the league’s best big men.

HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to a torrid start, shooting 11-of-18 from beyond the arc through the first two games. And now he won’t have to worry about Allen, who relished in opportunities to defend the Warriors All-Star. Memphis replaced Allen with Andrew Harrison, who is not in the Grindfather’s class as a defender.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

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Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller