Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 10:55 am  |  22 responses

Mark Jackson Won’t Curse or Use ‘False Hustle’ When Coaching the Warriors

Mark Jackson has provided us with tremendous quotes this offseason, and things promise to only get better once the season starts. Here’s a glimpse at what kind of coach he’ll be. From CSN Bay Area and Inside the Warriors: “Jackson said he’s not big on long practices. He’d rather go shorter than longer when it comes to team workouts. ‘If you’re efficient and put quality work in, we can move on,’ Jackson said. ‘Ultimately, it’s a long season. We will go over this stuff, well go over it in detail and then we’ll be out of here. I’m not a guy who wants to keep players here three or four hours just to say we’re here.’ … Jackson said he’s not the kind of coach who will be working 16-hour days, laboring over game tapes and spending an inordinate amount of time mulling the nuances of his job. Jackson called coaches and coaching staffs that are said to be in the office before sunrise and out of the office after the sun goes down are guilty of ‘false hustle.’ Jackson said his coaching demeanor on the sidelines will likely be ‘calm … ain’t going to be cussing any referees out. That will never happen. You won’t see that. Professional and demanding. I won’t be cussing my players out. I’m going to treat guys with respect and I’m going to hold them accountable and we’re going to be in this thing together.’ … I learned Jackson hasn’t cursed in some 20 years and said you won’t catch him cursing out players or referees. I learned Mark Jackson will celebrate real hustle. He put together a clip of about 10 ‘winning plays’ – as he called them – from last season. He said finding that many was hard to do. But in those clips of winning plays (charges drawn, hustling back on defense, proper rotation, etc) he said the reaction from the bench was downright apathetic. That won’t happen under Jackson, he said. They are going to celebrate ‘winning plays.’ … ‘I really don’t care how the other coaches in the league feel about me, whether I’m too excited or too laid back. I don’t work for them, so I couldn’t care less. But, we, collectively, will celebrate those types of plays as a team and as a staff. We will be up and recognizing winning plays.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Mark Jackson is the real deal already, he’s going to be successful and this is going to be a winning team…all a matter of time really. looking forward to watching this squad get busy….Steph will be molded into one of the greats…

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Sounds like a good strategy to me. Create a culture that recognizes the dullest of the important plays. WHy wouldn’t that be a good thing?

  • ratguts

    between this and dwayne wade painting his toenails..

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @AlbertBarr, I wouldn’t question the man on matters of basketball….what he wants to do is create a culture that is laser-focused on the matters that are relevant actually lead to wins. The losing squads go to practice and waste hours on end of their time (and punish their bodies over 82 games) over stuff thats obviously not resulting in victories- and then they rinse, lather, and repeat for the rest of the year. I’m sure that entire GSW squad is familiar with that routine

  • T-Money

    i actually really like this approach. treat people like adults and be very demanding without cursing/yelling. ultimately, the best tool coaches have is controlling playing time. i also agree that watching tapes at 5 in the morning doesn’t make you a better coach (e.g. mike brown and erick spoelstra hiding a severe lack of creativity behing their “hard work”, to me it’s like a player with the “fire in his eyes”, always shouting and slapping the floor while getting blown by lol).



  • LA Huey

    Divine coaching.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    This is the type of coaching players can relate to. Will it be a success? Who knows at this point, but a former player knows what players like and respond to, so this will be an exciting adventure/experiment for the Warriors. Glad to see the organization wasn’t afraid to give him a shot, having never coached at any level. Hope he does well!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I guess Tom Thibodeau is guilty of “false hustle” in Mark Jackson’s eyes then.

  • rich

    no tom thibbodeau won 62 because of his coaching and through numerous injuries. nobody can do that with short practises and shotty film analysis, Jackson can definetly make the warriors prolly a little better than the atlanta hawks and the utah jazz before they blew that team up

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Thibs just has inefficient hustle in his opinion!

  • mike

    The Bulls did seem to wear down toward the end of their season.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ^Sigh…that is true…

  • LP

    you have to have the right type of players that will accept this coaching…i hope they have them…

  • Chukaz

    You know what’s funny? He just accused KG of fake hustle. He’s not wrong…

  • MikeC.

    @Chukaz – KG may be guilty of Jackson’s definition of “fake hustle”, but KG is also guilty of all-out real hustle. To the point that it’s kinda scary.

  • MikeC.

    I guess Jackson’s view on reviewing tape is that it’s the job of assistants to prepare for games. Sometimes an issue with players becoming NBA head coaches without putting in some time as assistants is that they just don’t know how much work it is. Jeff Van Gundy was carrying around a full set of luggage under his eyes when he was coaching. Props to Jax for not cursing and acting like a fool when things don’t go his way. I’d like to see more of that from the leaders of young people. I have a feeling that he’s going to have to change his approach to putting in the hours. Shorter practice time? Sure, that can work if the team knows how to be prepared without holding their hands, as well as with older teams that need more down-time. Spurs/Mavs/Celtics come to mind. They can benefit from shorter practices and they have HOF vets that can keep the younger cats in line. GSW doesn’t have any big time vets that have “been there, done that” deep in the playoffs. Preparing the team is the job of the coaching staff, so if Jax isn’t going to spend hours dissecting game tape to correct mistakes and prep for the upcoming team, his assistants must be carrying that water. It seems Jax appreciates “real hustle” on the court, but views doing the unseen, uncelebrated little things off the court as “fake hustle”.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I think the likes of Thibs and Scott Skiles aren’t even capable of fake hustle… they hustle for real in their SLEEP…

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I like that part where he says he won’t be a coach who is ” in the office before sunrise and out of the office after the sun goes down”. He’s basically saying “I’m not gonna be Van Gundy.” LOL

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Mike. I like Jackson’s personable, player-friendly approach to coaching, but you can’t just simply “wing it” and expect your team to play seamless basketball. Especially a young team with 10 guards who all don’t play defense.

  • barnabusb

    Sounds kind of like Michael Curry to me. SAD TROMBONE.

  • Zeiram

    I´m split on the fake hustle, I def think there is a thing like that. Working just to appear working, draining yourself needlessly (I´m interning at a consulting firm at the moment, soo much fake hustle). But as many have said there is lots of work to be done and he can´t just wing it. I guess there is a good middleground between Scott Skiles obsessing and doin´nothin.