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Mark Jackson issues reminder about his success as Warriors head coach

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Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson wants to get another NBA head-coaching job, and he believes eventually that will happen.

The 1988 NBA Rookie of the Year was a guest on ESPN's morning show "First Take" last week. And when host Max Kellerman mentioned that the Warriors' offense "was rated last in terms of moving the ball and a whole bunch of things" during Jackson's final season with the Warriors in 2013-14, the 1989 NBA All-Star defended himself.

"First of all, Steve Kerr is a heckuva basketball coach and an even better person," Jackson said. "So he's done an incredible job with the Golden State Warriors. (But) I will say -- get the facts straight. The fact is we were a top five defense over the course of that tenure and we were a top 10 offense when it was all said and done."

Speaking of facts -- Golden State had the No. 12 ranked defense in 2012-13 and No. 3 in 2013-14.

As for the offense -- in 2012-13, the Warriors were No. 12 in offensive rating and No. 20 in assist percentage. In 2013-14, they were No. 12 both in offensive rating and assist percentage, and dead last in passes per game.

 

But Jackson absolutely deserves recognition for the Dubs reaching the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 1991 and 1992.

"You have to understand -- and these guys will admit it -- Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the team that I had are not the same individuals," Jackson explained. "They look the same, and they're the same people, but they're not the same players as what they were when I first got ahold of them.

"To their credit, they worked their tail off. Got bigger, got stronger, got better, got more confidence, more swag. And all of a sudden, there's nothing you can do with them because they're all-time great talents. So give them credit for putting in the time, give Steve Kerr credit for coming in (and) making the proper adjustments and propelling them to the next level."

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Speaking of credit -- from the moment Kerr was named as Jackson's successor in May 2014, he repeatedly has praised Jackson for helping turn the franchise around. General manager Bob Myers also has publicly lauded Jackson.

And when broadcasting tens of Warriors games over the years, Jackson consistently has shown love for the job Kerr has done since taking over.

But now that he seems to be advocating for himself to get another head-coaching gig, Jackson understandably wants to remind people about what he accomplished with the Dubs.

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"There's no question about the success," he added. "This is a team that one time in the previous 19 years made the playoffs. All of a sudden, they propel themselves into a dynasty.

"I don't want credit for making them a dynasty. But from that one time in 19 years to all of a sudden being a playoff team, something good did take place."

Just to clarify for the record -- the Warriors made the playoffs one time (2007) over an 18-season stretch from 1995 to 2012.

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