OK, I know we have heard Marck Jackson say this all too many times, but in applying this to the Warriors case, its totally true and relevant. As he has stated on numerous occasions in this interviews thus far since being named head coach: "Every player will be held accountable on defense."
Those are some pretty resounding and profound words that really have sold me on Coach Jackson.
Now, easier said than done, right? No matter who the starting roster will be come opening night of next season(if there is one!), whether it be Curry, Monta, Iggy, Deng, Afflalo, D Lee, D Wright, BIedrins, Udoh, so on and so forth, its going to be like teaching an old dog new tricks. Like pulling teeth, at first. But if Action Jackson is a man(and coach) of his words, regardless if its Steph or Amundson that makes a defensive blunder, he must pay the price and get put on the bench or get an earful on the sideline, at the least. No star treatment here since this type of mentality needs to be disciplined from top to bottom if the Dubs want to be a team truly transformed.
I don't expect them to be defensive stalwarts from Game 1 of next season, but I expect them to be gelling on D by the 15-20 game mark if Jackson cracks the whip as he claims he will. Quite honestly, this is the only way he's going to get a squad that is so used to relying predominantly on their offense to win games. I still say that there needs to be 1 or 2 significant roster moves to get this team to be more balanced and shifted to a defensive minded team.
The trading Monta topic has been beating like a dead horse, but IMHO he's the most talented and tradeable commodity who we will get the most value for and free up the most amount of valuable cap space. You can argue all you want on how he's our only true offensive threat, but might as well sell high on a guy who is still highly volatile in terms of possible injuries with the way he plays with reckless abandon and his often rebellion mindset in the framework of the offense. I will gladly trade away all that offense for a guy or guys that will not only hustle on D, but can complement the guys we do have on our team. Gimme a guy like Afflalo and a big man with some length and athleticism like Deandre Jordan and I'll forget about Monta real quick.
So you think Coach Jackson can change the Warriors defensive philosophy as he has so boldly prescribed given the pieces he has now or will it take some major roster moves to get this done? Or worse case scenario, will he fail altogether? I'm a man of optimism and will give Jackson the benefit of the doubt, BUT I think some significant moves need to be made....the current roster definitely won't cut it.