No doubts for W's Jackson

No doubts for W's Jackson
September 20, 2011, 5:21 pm
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Virtually every coach the Warriors have hired over the past 20 years has said many of the same things Mark Jackson has said: That the Warriors will make the playoffs, that the franchise will eventually become one of the NBA's elite and that the ultimate goal is to win a championship.But no other coach has said those things quite like Jackson.Whether it was his initial guarantee of the postseason when he was hired back in early June or his subsequent repeating of that prediction over the ensuing weeks and months, Jackson has been impressively confident -- perhaps even arrogant -- that he will succeed with Golden State.
His "Things be changin' in the Bay Area" quote was all at once amusing, hopeful and boastful. And his claim that "The Bay Area will never be the same" once he, owner Joe Lacob and Jerry West get through with it is as bold as it gets.Back in the late 1990s, P.J. Carlesimo talked of accountability and defense -- just like Jackson. In the early part of the 2000s, Dave Cowens maintained you could build a winner in Golden State -- just like Jackson. After that, it was Eric Musselman who talked about changing the culture -- just like Jackson.And before, during and after, let's not forget Mike Montgomery, Don Nelson, Brian Winters, Garry St. Jean, Bob Lanier, Rick Adelman and Keith Smart.But the bottom line is that no coach since Nelson -- Part I in the early 1990s -- has been able to win with any kind of consistency. So, even though Jackson may talk the talk a little bit better than all of those other guys, the cynic inside every Warriors fan won't believe it until they see it."I would understand that (cynicism)," Jackson said recently. "Rightfully so. I can't disrespect the struggles of the past and I can't throw it out the window. But I was never a part of it. I want to thank them for their loyalty, and promise: 'Things be changing' in the Bay Area.' And hold me to it."I've never lost in my life. I've won at everything I've tried to do. And look at the body of work with ownership, the front office. This is different and we fully expect to make an impact. It's going to be a lot of fun, so fasten your seatbelt."Most veteran coaches don't have the confidence Jackson has, and yet it's Jackson who never has been an NBA coach, or one at any level.That's what striking about Jackson. When he talks, there is absolute assuredness in his voice. He is steadfast and secure, whether he's talking about his church, his personal life or basketball. That obvious certainty begs the question: Does Mark Jackson have any self-doubt?"No," Jackson responded. "No. I'm a God-fearing man. And with that, my job is to speak it and watch Him -- God -- come through. The pressure is not on me. It's going to work out just fine."Maybe so. But for many Bay Area fans, they'll need to see it before they believe.

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