Although the Golden State Warriors upset the Dallas Mavericks their last time in the Post Season which was in 2008, you really have to go back to the “Run TMC” years since the franchise has been successful over a sustained basis. That may be changing next season as the Warriors have added former Lakers General Manager Jerry West to their front office and on Friday, according to a report from the “Associated Press” they introduced their new bench boss current ABC and ESPN broadcaster and former NBA point guard Mark Jackson to the media. Jackson told reporters that there would be a whole lot of changes going on under his tenure and that “the Bay Area will never be the same.”
Jackson said that Golden State would have a major change in attitude and philosophy. The former guard told reporters “We’re not going to accept mediocrity. You might as well hitch onto the bandwagon because things gone be a changing. When you look at the success of the teams in this area, the A’s have had theirs. The Niners have had theirs. The Giants have had theirs. The Raiders have had theirs. And now we’re looking forward to ours. So, therefore, it’s about time. Sorry it took so long, but now we’re at the party.”
The Warriors and their fan-base have had no reason to party in recent years. However one of Golden State’s Team Owners Joe Lacob is very optimistic that Jackson will give fans of the club reason to celebrate. Lacob said “He’s the most experienced guy, frankly, we met in the entire process. I know that’s a funny line to say given some of the comments out there. He hasn’t been in the seat and been a head coach in the NBA. But if you look at experience, it’s the whole thing that counts. Can he be a leader? Will the players respect him? Can he handle the media in a big market like the Bay Area? I can go through any number of things. And Mark, to me, was the most experienced guy on that list of people we met. And it wasn’t even close.”
Jackson was a great court-general in his days as a point guard in the Association and has shown a lot of insight in his role as an analyst for NBA games on ABC and ESPN. I believe that he possesses the qualities that will make him a good head coach in the NBA and finally bring back some good times to fans of the Warriors.