Mark Jackson in no hurry to 'go young'

Mark Jackson in no hurry to 'go young'
February 21, 2012, 12:45 am
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With the Warriors faltering at 11-17, it seems like alogical time to start thinking about the rest of the season and what the teamwants to accomplish.Problem is, there might be some disagreement within theWarriors organization of which direction to go in.Over the weekend, Warriors general manager Larry Riley wastalking to Bay Area News Group, and was asked at what point does the franchisebegin thinking about the future and perhaps start giving more playing time tothe young players.Said Riley: Thatll be a decision we will make pretty soonhere, probably in the next week or so. But we have a little more time to lookat things.Riley obviously had one eye on the schedule when he madethat statement. After Mondays game against the Los Angeles Clippers, theWarriors play six consecutive road games, and they dont fare particularly wellaway from Oracle Arena.But its obvious that owner Joe Lacob and coach Mark Jacksondont necessarily share that sentiment or at least arent on Rileys timetable.Of course, both Lacob and Jackson predicted that this team would make theplayoffs so it stands to reason they want to hang in there with veterans aslong as possible to try to push for the postseason.On Monday at shootaround, Jackson was asked at what point hewould consider going young.Said Jackson, after a long pause: Probably predraftcamp.After another pause, a reporter retorted: You mean afterthe season?Exactly, Jackson replied.Jackson was asked again before the Warriors-Clippers game on Monday night about Riley's comments on looking to perhaps play the young guys soon."I got no time for that," Jackson responded.Jackson went on to add that Riley's job -- and any front office member's job -- is to look to the future and try to make the team better down the road. In other words, Jackson certainly isnt there yet when itcomes to giving more playing time to the young players -- and it doesnt soundlike he has any plans on getting there soon.