April 6, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com
OAKLAND -- We all know Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has enjoyed taking shots at Sacramento Kings fans over the years. He's made fun of the cowbells fans used to bring to playoff games and he's ridiculed Kings fans' perceived lack of sophistication.But Jackson always has been complimentary of Warriors fans, who fill Oracle Arena year after year despite a glaring lack of success.Until Wednesday night.
Jackson couldn't help himself before the Warriors-Lakers game, after he was asked about what was obviously going to be a boisterous crowd for the game. In essence, Jackson said Warriors fans were too willing to support a team that hasn't had success."This is a basketball crowd that has a lot of fun at games," Jackson said. "They come expecting upsets, knowing that their team can play to their high expectations on their home floor. They've rewarded their fans with a lot of great games. I don't think they expect a whole lot more from their team at times, but they do support them very well."