Warriors' Jackson to borrow from old coaches


Warriors' Jackson to borrow from old coaches

June 10, 2011


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Matt Steinmetz

Don't be telling new Warriors coach Mark Jackson that he doesn't have any experience. He'll tell you he has plenty of it. He may never have been a coach before, but to hear Jackson speak, it's clear he believes his experiences playing for some of the best coaches in the game are as valuable -- or more so -- than putting in time as an assistant coach. Jackson, who has been working as an analyst for ABC and ESPN, has certainly played for some great ones.It's an impressive list: Lou Carnessecca, Rick Pitino, Pat Riley, Larry Brown, Larry Bird, Jerry Sloan, Jeff Van Gundy and Lenny Wilkens -- among others.RELATED: W's Jackson: Bay Area 'will never be the same'
Here's what Jackson said about some of those coaches, and what he learned from them.Rick Pitino: "He is the best coach I've ever played for. What he did was instill in me that I was a great player. He instilled in me confidence, and I would run through a wall for him. Made me believe when I had no business believing. That's what coaching is all about."Whether it was Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, John Stockton, whoever was at the other end of the floor, it didn't matter. But I believed because of the confidence that my coach instilled in me that the other guy was the second-best point guard on the floor. I will submit to you today, I had no business believing that. That was a lie."But I will also submit to you that I put myself in the position to be successful because the confidence level that my coach had in me, the believe he had in me and what he was willing to tolerate and not tolerate."Larry Brown: "Great X and O's coach. Could draw up a play at the drop of a hat. Knew high school sets, college sets, his own sets. He knew reads. He was really a guy who was never satisfied. That was negative but it was also a positive because it made us players never become satisfied."Jerry Sloan: "I didn't have a great time in Utah but I learned how to get a team organized and how to get prepared where you play hard every, single night."Larry Bird: "The thing he did that I give him credit for is that he didn't act like he knew everything. He being Larry Bird, Hall of Fame player, he could have had an ego where he acted like he knew what he was doing even though he didn't. Instead of exposing himself, he was secure enough to hire an offensive and a defensive coordinator and he let those guys coach. And it worked for him."Pat Riley: Just a great basketball mind. I had the opportunity to play for him early in my career, and I learned so much from him.What'syour take? EmailMattand let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

OAKLAND -- The defending champion Warriors started cracking in the hours before tipoff Tuesday night and broke apart when they usually come together.

The fourth quarter was a disaster area and it cost the Warriors, as the Houston Rockets wiped out a 13-point deficit and tagged them with a 122-121 loss before a stunned sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

So ends, as it should, the spurious notion of a rubber-stamp championship for the Warriors. A strain here and a tweak there and they found themselves on the painful end of the score.

The Warriors learned prior to the game that forward Andre Iguodala, their valuable Sixth Man, would be out nursing a strained back. They were hit with another injury, this one to Draymond Green, who was highly effective, late in the third quarter.

“He was our best player tonight,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was the guy who was bringing the energy and the life.”

Green’s numbers -- 9 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists -- barely hint at his value in this game. Green and Iguodala are the primary defensive communicators, and Green held it down fairly well -- until he, too, was gone.

“Our communication wasn’t very good and we didn’t stick to the game plan; we gave them too many wide-open threes,” said Klay Thompson, who scored 11 first-quarter points but only 5 over the final three.

“We did a good job in the half-court of keeping them in front,” said Kevin Durant, who also scolded himself for committing eight turnovers. “But in transition we got cross-matched so many times and we just didn’t communicate well enough.”

Games aren’t always lost in the fourth, despite the frequent narrative, but this one most assuredly was. With Green in the locker room accompanied by ice, the Warriors were outscored 34-20 in the fourth quarter.

After shooting 45.8 percent through three quarters, the Rockets took it to 56 percent in the fourth, closing the game on a 13-5 run over the final 4:01.

The Warriors don’t yet know when Green and Iguodala will return, whether it’s as soon as Friday at New Orleans or a matter of weeks. Until they do, Kerr will have to resort to patching things together.

Problem is, aside from the scoring of Nick Young (23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-7 from deep) and Jordan Bell (8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes), the bench did not distinguish itself.

That was particularly true on defense, which happen to be where Iguodala and Green make their greatest impact. The reserves accounted for 13 of the 25 fouls called on the Warriors.

“We’ve got to be better,” Durant said. “We’ve got to be better, and we’re looking forward to practice Wednesday.”

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

Draymond Green usually gets the last word.

Not this time.

"Somebody said we don't take it seriously on defense. Well obviously they don't take it seriously either," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Rockets knocked off the Warriors 122-121 on Tuesday night., according to Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Phil Barber.

The jab stems from Green's comments after practice on Monday.

"You should believe that. I'm turning over a new leaf. Number 1 -- they want it to be a shootout, which is fine. But we're gonna play some defense. We score pretty well, but we're a damn good defensive team, too. So we're gonna play some defense.

"I don't know how serious they take defense with that comment, but I know they added some good defensive players," Green told reporters Monday.

Green won't get his next shot at D'Antoni and the Rockets until January 4 in Houston.