After reading the Fire Mark Jackson piece, I'm sorry, but I'm pretty tired of this Mark Jackson doesn't know x's and o's and Malone was a genius bullcrap. It's amazing how a couple days of losing can make people lose their minds. I didn't really see anyone calling for Jackson's ouster when they pushed the Spurs to the brink last year, or when they started the season holding teams to under %40 shooting. And Ronhaldino's assertion that good teams do fine while losing their important players is total hogwash. Yes, the Spurs backups one time beat a reeling Warriors team, but big so what? Could they win every night if teams were scheming against Patty Mills for chrissake?
Part of the reason I get pissed at this article is that there's a latent racial tinge to how Jackson is evaluated as coach, and has been ever since last year. There's this weird meme that Michael Malone was the "x's and o's" guy and the defensive guru while Jackson was just a motivational figurehead. Well, Malone is head coach now at Sacramento, the second worst defense in the NBA. And a horrible team all around. I realize they have a weird roster, but Boston is winning without a single name I even recognize, the Suns are in the playoff hunt when they were supposed to be tanking. Good coaches can make something happen. Meanwhile, Jackson's Warriors without Malone started the season with Igoudala healthy as the 2nd best defense in the NBA! A huge improvement over Malone's time here...Why does everyone feel like they know Jackson doesn't know x's and o's? I've seen a lot of great inbounds plays, for instance...and when the Warriors are healthy, they're the talk of the NBA!
You know how the Warriors started the season last year with the great x's and o's guy aboard? 5-5. With him gone? 9-3. Who would we rather have here that's available? There's a blind belief that we have unbelievable talent and should be winning every game. In actuality, we are a team made up of surprising late lottery pick talents who have considerable flaws in their games, and a barely functional bench. It's going to be a struggle in the west even with full health, and with a crucial guy like Igoudala gone, it's going to be about .500 ball, which is what they're playing.
It may be that Jackson is a terrible coach in some ways, but until this article I never even thought about it. The players love him, they're known for their chemistry, guys like Dwight Howard meet with the Warriors only because of him (and apparently hesitated partially because he wasn't signed to an extension), the whole atmosphere and culture and expectation of the team has changed...can you imagine someone saying about a white coach that none of that was his responsibility? In fact, I can't remember a single instance in my long lifetime of watching the NBA that anyone said a white coach "was not an x's and o's guy" when they were winning.