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

by October 28, 2011
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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.’”