Jackson: 'We've got more talent'
Mark Jackson joins Mindi Bach explaining what's different about this season, aside from the talent level.
Where -- head coach Mark Jackson entering his second season with the team in a different way entering this season you start on time you have your first training camp with a complete squad. How did you prepare for this year. Obviously last year very different. Would you set up your most excited about. Well got more talent. Total mum improving as a basketball team through the draft. Also make improper. Trades and free agent signing so we we. Added to the death of his basketball team. Jarrett Jack Carl Landry and rookie class so it's it's it's a fun time for us what most people is a time. I was looking forward to getting healthy. And moving forward but -- -- much improved basketball team than we were a year ago when you look at the names on that roster with style of basketball do you wanna play this season what is going to be his strength and this year's team. I think the greatest strength has the ability to play half court and full court. We have great shooting in Gray's scoring and also great to have. So the ability to rebound the basketball pushing in transition. And have a secondary offense we can play fast break basketball and -- slow down after. Play half court offense we have holes play and we also have weapons throughout perimeter and so we're a dangerous team all. Only four or world. Both sides and how very important factors you mentioned still don't know what Andrew Bogut status will be on opening day he's dating how does that change things for this team. We move forward we certainly are better basketball team. But that healthy Andrew Bogut but we've got to stay true process. He's working hard. Certainly -- and he was and his closest to being able to play him participate. At the same time we added that getting offense is doing in the draft and haven't. -- bat certainly gives us you know 37 footers. And then the college -- you play before in the what we need Andrew Bogut and we need him now. The biggest thing you mentioned when you spoke to me earlier is just about the culture change here with the team all of the players safe for wind here this summer working together in the off season. Where does that come from and who's most responsible for that culture change starting at the end of the day when those withdrawal. Well you have to respect leadership and and it changes in the request made. And I asked the guys have via via error it was going to be the team we expect to be we need guys making an investment. Throughout the course of the summer and they certainly have stepped up to the challenge. And give credit where is -- you can say it as a coach what you've got to have great leaders. Who who basically monitor and make sure guys comments those have -- David Lee and Andrew Bogut. Along -- veterans. -- The thoughts and the guy's name. This -- -- at the time this incoming rookies you've been impressed with Harrison Barnes what did you see from him this summer in the league catcher era. Polls say this they didn't set the tone because -- rookies after the draft they've been working their tails off before the veterans even even came in. So give them credit we we drafted rookies that who have grown men love of the game and -- great. And Harrison bonds has been very good. The ability to school compete defensively. Great slasher and finisher. He's going to guys won't play a lot for -- right way and now as you've you've been talking a lot about the depth on this team very excited to have that death. When you look at those players and what you can do it and how does that challenge you as a coach what's gonna be different for you this year well you you you know. Have the reach situations. And understand that. In the past maybe didn't have an option on the bench. Now we have options we have proven guys -- on the bench as ready to perform and you have to make the proper decisions whether to go with them. All ought to stick with what what what you have on the floor but it's going to be a much. Ball. Is going real lot more fun. Coaching this basketball team because ultimately in this league talents. Last year you predicted the class for this team he said he won't do that this year why. Because I think ultimately we had to. Make a statement on what we expected this group last year injuries the ball and we fell short. You -- your opponent and you move well I think this year we certainly have gotten better as a basketball team Predators ownership. -- modulate and also. Front office led by Bob Myers did a great job -- draft. Free agency trades making us better and give us a reasonably optimistic about this this season. Mark for any had a hundred K are ready -- When playing help side defense is -- carry this team need improve how do you do that this year is going to be key for that decides to undergo. Well they collectively you got to do a better job we've gotten tougher -- Jerry Jack off the bench also call Landry we certainly got size and through the draft. So I think ultimately got a -- and individually and collectively and work on these principles that we have in place. And in holding each other council was -- in the before the game not only offensively but more importantly defense and the lakers' December from clay Thompson aside from him maybe some other players you're expecting breakout seasons -- baker hears from. Things have courage you know you know it's -- to -- toys. -- very good player in this league book. I think having him healthy is going to my opportunity. To most all right way again have a great year David Lee will continue to be evenly. Callais. I think ultimately. I look forward to the guys coming off -- lob wedge and and have an impact on the game. More only in and giving guys really Rose and Brandon Rush. Well coming off a great year last year and he duplicated I mean I certainly expect. Now last year had to deal with a lot as you mentioned picking team hotels practice times how many how long -- internal. You've been through that now it seems like you set -- this process you know what to expect so what are you most looking forward to. This season. Now happen. Added pieces through draft through free agency through trades. Where about a basketball team. And you don't have to create. Anything I'll look forward to have a whole Celtic basketball team. We can be excitable lies is going -- well. Jackson's and I think -- some --