Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 2:40 pm  |  38 responses

Mark Jackson Cried After the Warriors Made the Playoffs

Hand down, tears drawn … Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson got very emotional after his squad qualified for the Playoffs last night — it is the Dubs’ first postseason berth since 2007 and second since 1994. Per the Contra Costa Times: “Tuesday’s 105-89 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, coupled with Utah’s home loss to Oklahoma City, clinched a postseason berth for Golden State for the first time in six years. Though it’s been expected, the feat had Warriors coach Mark Jackson in tears. ‘There’s no shame in my game,’ the second-year coach said. ‘I’m an emotional, sensitive guy. You live long enough, you learn to appreciate the process, the struggle and the accomplishments. I cry because I know what these guys put into it. I know what they mean to each other. I also cry because it could be somebody else in a suit and tie sitting in the big chair. I cry because God has blessed me once again.’ [...] ‘We understand it’s a small step, but it’s a huge accomplishment for a lot of guys,’ Stephen Curry said after totaling 24 points and 10 assists in 39 minutes. ‘We heard what the ’07 year was like. We want to experience that, for our fans as well. The veterans, they’re going to sleep well tonight knowing they’ll get to experience that.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/Ram_Bam_Sam Ramon Behh

    legit coach of the year candidate? or no?

  • danpowers

    next to woodson, pop, brooks, chris paul and i think george carl should also be in the mix. shame on me if i forgot one

  • Drig

    Pop. Karl. Spo. Rockets’ coach for embracing no-midrange game. (forgot his name ). Perhaps Woodson too.

    For me it’s Pop vs Karl though.

    Just hope Curry, Barnes and KT sit out the game vs LAL……Just sit out and don’t risk injuries……..

  • Conor

    Kevin McHale (Rockets)

  • Viktor Vaughn


  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Good for Mark and good for the team. Definitely a COY candidate. I respect how he does things, and most importantly, so do his players.

  • Ben Ireland

    As a Lakers fan, I’d actually the Warriors call up an entire D-League team and rest everybody… Though this season, we might still lose…

  • zogs19994


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  • Viktor Vaughn

    Kidding. I loved watching the Warriors this year.

  • spit hot fiyah

    second time since ’94?!!! wow

  • spit hot fiyah

    hollins always gets over looked

  • RayJr

    I see where you’re going…I hope SAS and HOU stars sit out too for LAL sake lol
    D’Antoni for coach of the year if the Lakers make the playoffs?…jk jk!

  • RayJr

    Chris Paul lol

  • Dymez

    Can’t lie, when Mark Jackson first got hired, I thought the Dubs were just making another cost-effective mistake in choice of coach. Turns out this man has them playing up to potential, and this playoff experience, albeit likely short, will help this young squad in its growth. Although I don’t think he’ll win Coach of the Year, with what the Nuggets, the Knicks, and of course the Heat have done, I wouldn’t be mad at all if somehow he still won it.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    If you don’t know Kevin McHale’s name. Your comments are irrelevant.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    had to cancel his vacation. sad stuff

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s got my vote.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Scott Brooks!!!! hahahaha that’s too funny

  • Mark Who

    You mean cheating on his wife?

  • danpowers

    people argue about his rotations and question many of his decisions but he coached his team into the finals last yr and continued to coach his team to a minimum 57 wins in the west. no matter how much talent he has on his roster: cant be that bad as a coach. or why that laughter?

  • danpowers

    my bad

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    do you watch them play? ever? they win because they have the most talented team in the NBA, full of players that have grown up together. They don’t win because of ANY strategic superiority. Brooks got his award for his player’s maturing. There is no reason to give him more credit than that.


    There is no originality to their offense. Infact….read about why they don’t seem to have the ability to beat Miami —-> http://www.sbnation.com/2013/2/15/3992146/thunder-vs-heat-score-recap-breakdown-nba-2013

    Scott Brooks seems great because he’s coaching a team that you could likely coach to a similar record.

  • danpowers

    i doubt that i could do that.

    well…i read that article but i see that a little critically. you can give the same examples which are being used there to line out the thunder’s offensive strategic flaws with any other nba team during a rough stretch or an off night. in the history of the nba youll always have a very / extremely talented team every once in a while that cant win consistently for whatever reason.

    these thunder are not playing against amateur squads. even with their great talent, they wouldnt win so many games against so many well coached and also talented teams out there. i know about their struggles against top teams during the regular season, but didnt you just state when we were talking about the knicks that these regular season series mean nothing / at least not much compared to recent playoff performance? if we take it that way… they beat any other team in the WEST that they played to advance to the finals.

    it is simply not fair to me neither, to judge a coach / team by their chances of beating the current heat. come on man

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    So you read that, and got out of it that their offense is so simple and lacks fluidity because they were having an off night? really?
    The FIRST SENTENCE in the article says this, “Against 28 other teams, the overwhelming one-on-one talent of Kevin Durantand Russell Westbrook is enough to allow the Thunder to thrive. Sometimes simpler is better, and few exhibit that better than the Thunder.” – and you got out of it that the author was speaking of an “off-night”?
    They are 14-10 against the best teams in the West.
    They are 9-6 against the best teams in the East.
    In the Thunder’s wins they are scoring 108 points
    In the Thunder’s loses they are scoring 99.8 points.
    So we are really just going to assume that 42% of the Thunder’s games against good teams are the result of “bad nights”? or are we going to be less about the unquantifiable and assume, logically, they are facing better defenses, with better coaching who are able to curb the Thunder’s pre-historic offense?

  • Alyson Miller

    before I saw the draft which had said $9775, I didn‘t believe that my mother in law woz truley erning money part time at their laptop.. there neighbor has been doing this 4 only about a year and resently repaid the debts on their mini mansion and purchased a top of the range Fiat Multipla. go to, Big31.com

  • Drig

    Dude, it was 1 am in the night here and I was tired with the Kobe and Lakers discussion on another thread.

    Shouldn’t have forgotten it but pretty sure it’s happened to everyone at one point or the other.

  • Drig

    I’m only worried about Mitch not getting a deserved Executive of the Year award. Morey has done a stellar job as well but I fear it’s gonna be a landslide in Houston GM’s favor……..Sigh…..

  • Drig

    Yeah. Losses to Phoenix come to mind lol

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Dude’s done a great job with the Warriors. They have the exact same roster last year minus Monta Ellis and he’s turned the team around completely. Give the man his props.

  • tealish

    But it’s Kevin freaking McHale!

  • Matt

    The Thunder offense isn’t that poorly constructed. For simplicity’s sake, instead of delving into the various plays that the Thunder run, I’ll point out that the Thunder have one of the best offenses in recent years. They run some smart plays and tend to pick up on trends while showing the will to incorporate new plays, etc. into their offense. For example, the Thunder have been running sets with Ibaka running off screens a la Tim Duncan. They’ve also kept up with league trends and have started running lots of action before the actual play, something that less-savvy teams do not do.

    And while I don’t think he’s a great coach or even a good one, Scott Brooks still manages to not be a deficiency for his team. He’s not coaching a “pre-historic” offense.

  • scotpeirson

    Two years ago, a lot of people made fun of the Warriors for this hire. Mark hadn’t had any coaching experience, talked too much on the ESPN/ABC NBA telecasts…it was as if people had forgotten that, while he was a player, he was essentially a coach on the floor. He HAD to be–he wasn’t the most physically gifted of players (A notable lack of foot speed as a player, which really didn’t help him on the defensive end…).
    The Lacob Era with the Warriors has certainly been a step up already from the Cohan years–the commitment to take the team back into San Francisco, but not so far into the city as to scare off the East Bay base of fans, intelligent drafting (Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes), a decent turn for the team health-wise (Though I’ve come to grips with Steph and Bogut always missing at least 12 starts a year…)…and last but not least, LACOB AND GUBER HIRED THE RIGHT GUY TO COACH. Jackson hasn’t really checked the team’s offensive leanings (Like, you would really want to…), but he’s been able to get them to pay attention on the defensive end, and play real tough some nights.
    So, is Jackson a Coach of The Year candidate??!? He’s right there. The players got on board with what he wanted, they got more physical…the Dubs look as if they’ll finish with 47 wins. He’s got a good case.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Definitely not prehistoric that was an exaggeration. But it is poorly constructed if you want to do more than win against obviously inferior teams in terms of talent. Which is really only the Heat. And that’s the point I was being over critical about.

  • danpowers

    my bad to put it that way, bad explanation.

    you can point out flaws by anyones losses about how a teams system works or doesnt work, which advantages or disatvantages it brings and during losses you can line out a systems disatvantages quite easy and say “thats why they lost” which is quite often the truth. it is still a fact that the thunder beat the same elite teams in the west during the playoffs and it would suprise me, if they wouldnt reach the finals again.

    if letting westbrook and durant beat their matchups consistently leads to a (minimum) 57 win season and a favorite role to reach the finals then let em play that way. i doubt that brooks wouldnt be able to run
    different plays if he wanted to do that.

    on beating the heat: i dont see the thunder superior in their overall level of talent. these teams are pretty even and the difference maker to give the slight edge is the shape of lebron james skill set.

    normally homogenous teamplay is the key to success if you have a lower level of talent on your team and want to beat a “better” team, even if the gap is extremely small. id give the heat the slight edge in terms of their quality of personnel, thats obviously not a big difference between both squads tho.
    when we look at the last finals to me its not that the thunder had an inferior system. they had an off-series by harden who unfortunately was a shadow of himself. who knows if they wouldve really had better chances of winning if they tried to create more shots for other contributers. with harden playing as his normal self the series couldve gone either way.

    the heat dont use great ball movement primarily neither. if we are honest we see wade and james dominating the ball for long stretches and the team THEN takes what happens out of these situations. they wont compare to a squad like the spurs when it comes to spacing, off ball and ball movement. but it works mainly due to the individual dominance of james but nobody talks about spoelstra as a bad coach – which was the case (not him being a bad coach but people questioning if he was the right man for that job) tho at times in 2011 when the heat didnt put up a 70 win season straightaway.

    if a miracle happens and another team than the heat wins the nba finals it will most likely be the thunder. after that scott brooks critics would be quiet anyway.

    being a good coach to me is about how many wins a coach generates and how he is able to support good chemistry within the team. brooks generates enough wins to position his team very well in the playoffs and from there his team also delivers well and they seem to gel very well.

    so to me he should be considered as a coach of the year candidate.

  • MikeC.

    But tonight, his tears have turned to…fists!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Are the Thunder more talented than the Spurs?

  • Drig

    lol. I get it. It was a bad miss.