Jackson defends playing small, Lee's defense

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Jackson defends playing small, Lee's defense

OAKLAND -- When you lose an agonizing game like the Warriorsdid to Denver on Saturday night, and its followed by three off-days, itsimpossible not to look back at that game and get into a detail or two.
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There were a lot of things going on. Had a chance to talk toWarriors coach Mark Jackson about some of them including going small, hisbest defensive lineup and whether or not David Lee is hurting the teamdefensively.On being critical of his own teams rebounding andyet playing without a center much of the game, and going with David Lee andCarl Landry:Jackson: (Andris) Biedrins is a very goodrebounder. Carl Landry and David Lee are better rebounders than Festus Ezelitoday. Everything you look at tells us that. Even though hes (Ezeli) biggerhes not the rebounder we need him to be today. Thats the first answer to that.The second answer is they were small. They played (Kenneth)Faried at the five with (Danilo)Gallinari at the four. So that waspart of it. Even looking back, were up five with two minutes to go. So thatdidnt cost us the game. Missed free throws, missed assignments cost us thegame. Carl Landry and David Lee are my two best big men. That cant be debated.Thats just the way I was thinking in that situation.On whether Lee and Landry up front is Warriorsbest defensive unit right now: Jackson: Look at the numbers, we are a very gooddefensive team. Somehow were stopping people. Somehow were getting it done.Overall, weve done a great job of defending. Once again, up five with twominutes to go breakdowns hurt us, missed free throws hurt us, not fouling whenwe had a foul to give hurt us, not closing out the shooters. We were very gooddefensively.Youre asking your defense to stop a team twice when yougive up second-shot opportunities. They were small and they spread the floorand made it tough to play with a big guy out there. When were forced to have abig guy out there, hell be out there. I can take a wild guess and say thatAndrew Bogut is going to be finishing games for us no matter what lineup theother team goes to.Because if you decide to play a smaller guy, youre goingto pay the price. Were going to post himup. But our big guys today, were not going to post them up closing outballgames. So its advantage opposing team.On whether the struggling David Lee is hurting theteam defensively: Jackson: I wouldnt think that hes hurting usdefensively at all. Has he played his best basketball? No. Hes played well inspurts. There have been nights when hes been very good. Hes got to reboundbetter. We need him to rebound better. Theres no question about that.And Im going to put pressure on him to be that go-to guy,finishing out possessions by rebounding the basketball. I would definitely sayhes not playing his best basketball. But Im not concerned. Because I know howhard he works, hes not pointing the finger at anybody else and he willrespond.

Jazz finally explain how a team and city should co-exist, but rarely do

Jazz finally explain how a team and city should co-exist, but rarely do

Despite the planetary systems of evidence to the contrary, sometimes a sports owner understands the duties and responsibilities of the job and foolishly (read: admirably) acts in accordance with them.
 
In other words, there are more than a hundred owners across North America looking at Gail Miller and wondering if she is (a) nuts, (b) dangerous, (c) evil, or (d) all the above, with oak leaf clusters.
 
Gail Miller owns the Utah Jazz, having taken the basketball team over upon the death of her husband Larry in 2009, and will do so until she turns it over to a legacy trust of family members who will be required by contract to reinvest any and all profits generated by the NBA franchise back into the care and upkeep of the team (h/t Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune).
 
That is, as opposed to turning the profits into a bank for the family, or a way to get rich before selling the franchise to someone who moves it to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland or Zagreb.
 
In other words, she has set up a system by which the team will almost surely stay in Salt Lake City for decades to come, as opposed to playing arena blackmail, city blackmail or other kinds of popular ownerly games. No whining, no sniveling, no milking the citizens without their consent – why, by modern ownership standards, this is a scandal.
 
All because of an antiquated notion she clings to despite all rationality – the right thing to do.
 
Compare and contrast the events in our own local burgs, and shake your head in admiration.
 
In fairness, there are tax advantages for her and her family in doing this, and the bar for decency is so low that getting tax breaks for not doing something despicable seems like an entirely equitable deal.
 
Nevertheless, her decision to keep the team (a) in the family and (b) in the city where they reside is such a stunning development that it took more than a year of fevered negotiations with the NBA to make sure that what she chose to do would meet with the league’s approval.
 
“We worked with the NBA for probably more than 12 months trying to put together a package that satisfied the NBA's needs for financial covenants, eventual opportunities for participation in management and the governance,” team president Dennis Haslam said. “It took a long time, but we got there.”
 
Larry and Gail Miller bought the Jazz for  $22 million 30 years ago, which are currently valued at a hair beneath $900 million. In other words, the family has done reasonably well by the city, and the city by the family. And the annual profits are more than sufficient to keep everyone living in spectacular comfort.

But what she has done is introduce a foreign concept to modern wealth. Enough money for everyone.

“The Jazz are not our family's team,” son Steve Miller kind of fibbed, because it remains the family’s team. “They are a community asset. They are the Utah Jazz.”
 
Even allowing for the discordant nickname that has endured for those 30 years, again despite all logic, the Jazz have finally explained what the relationship between a team and its town ought to be, and almost never is. Owners long ago decided that their teams were theirs and only theirs, and the fans to whom they pay lip service in exchange for all the money their fans pay them have come to know that love unrequited is just a scam with free T-shirts.
 
The people of St. Louis, San Diego, Oakland and whoever is next in the discard bin have discovered that loving a team is typically an act of misplaced faith.
 
But Salt Lake City got the right owner, one who knows what the true debt really is, and how best to repay it. Gail Miller is not a hero, but she is someone who gets how sports is supposed to work, which is frankly a much rarer thing than mere heroism.
 
If she drinks, she’s earned one – even if all she did was momentarily shame her financial compatriots by showing the kind of loyalty that usually ends up only going the other way.

Kerr, Warriors staff to coach West in 2017 NBA All-Star Game

Kerr, Warriors staff to coach West in 2017 NBA All-Star Game

Golden State Warriors head coach, along with the rest of his staff, will coach the Western Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, on Feb. 19. Kerr's staff will include Ron Adams, Mike Brown, Jarron Collins, Chris DeMarco, Bruce Fraser, and Willie Green.

With the Rockets' 127-114 loss to the Bucks on Monday night, the Warriors (38-7) clinched the best first-half record in the West. 

Kerr is leading the West for the second time as the Warriors head coach. In 2015, Kerr coached the West to a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference. 

Kerr joins Alvin Attles as the second Warriors head coach to earn the honor multiple times. Attles coached the Western All-Stars in 1975 and 1976. 

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant were voted as starters for the West. Voting was conducted between the fans, players, coaches, and media. 

Kerr, 51, has compiled a 178-31 regular season record as the Warriors' head coach. He is currently in his third season leading the team.