Jackson: 'We've done absolutely nothing'

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Jackson: 'We've done absolutely nothing'

OAKLAND – Mark Jackson has no problem with his players being proud of a franchise-best 6-1 road trip. But he also wants the members of his team (and everyone else) to know that now is not the time to rest on laurels.

After returning to the Warriors’ practice facility following wins in Detroit, Brooklyn, Washington, Charlotte, Miami, and Atlanta, Jackson praised his players’ ability to keep their brief glimpse of success in perspective.

“You notice the confidence level rising; you know there’s a sense of accomplishment,” Jackson said Monday in Oakland. “But it’s also a group that understands we’ve done nothing. That’s what I love about this group. They understand that we’ve done absolutely nothing. So we’re going to continue to work our tails off and continue to do the things that we’ve been doing to put us in position.”

So when will Jackson acknowledge that the Warriors have done something?

“When it’s all said and done and we’ve maximized who we are as a basketball team, individually and collectively. When it’s all said and done, like I’ve said from Day 1, and our tank is glaring an orange light revealing that we are on empty, that’s when we can take a deep breath and say well done.”

While Jackson won’t say ‘well done’ for the Warriors’ surprising start to the season, he was impressed with Monday’s practice.

“They looked good,” Jackson said. “I got a group of guys that embrace coming in the gym and putting their work in. We got a good crisp workout in and will get ready for tomorrow. Thought it was high energy and intense and quick.”

Jackson hopes the hard work will carry over into Tuesday night’s matchup with the New Orleans Hornets, who arrive in Oakland with a seven-game losing streak in tow. Despite the Hornets’ struggles, Jackson knows not to take any opponent lightly.

“The thing that’s important for us to realize is we have to do the things that we preach every single day to put us in position to win,” Jackson said. “And if we don’t, we can be beaten. We don’t have the luxury to just show up and win ballgames. That being said, the elite teams lose to the Orlando Magic. The elite teams have lost to the Hornets; they’re good enough. So it will be a challenge for us. They present certain challenges individually and collectively. They’re well coached and they work hard.”

David Lee, honored with the Western Conference Player of the Week award Monday, isn’t looking past the Hornets either.

“We’ve proven that we can go do it on the road and we need to continue our success,” Lee said after practice. “Typically we’ve been a good home team and we have a couple teams coming here that have records that aren’t as good as ours. As San Antonio was talking about the other night, the key to being a playoff team is beating the teams you’re supposed to beat.”

Both Lee and Jackson expressed excitement about playing in front of the home crowd at Oracle Arena for the first time since Dec. 3.

Lee did so first on Twitter after Saturday’s 115-93 win over the Hawks capped the historic seven-game swing.

Great team win to cap a 6-1 road trip! We can't wait to get back to Oracle Arena on Tuesday and finally play a home game! #GSW #Webelong

— David Lee (@Dlee042) December 16, 2012

“We’re really excited, as I said on Twitter, to get back in front of the Oracle crowd,” Lee said. “They’re going to give us a great boost tomorrow night.”

“We have the best fans,” Jackson said. “They’ve been incredibly supportive, even when this team – from a fan’s standpoint – didn’t deserve to be supported. They’ve been there through thick and thin. I look forward to a packed place and an enthusiastic place.”

Kerr slams players for making 'mockery' of All-Star voting

Kerr slams players for making 'mockery' of All-Star voting

The players asked for a change. After fans almost made Zaza Pachulia an All-Star last season, the players wanted to be part of the voting process.

Then they didn't take it completely seriously.

Players like Brice Johnson, Khris Middleton and Mo Williams all received votes to start the All-Star Game despite not having played in an NBA game this season.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr noticed and took exception to how the players voted.

After telling the media in Miami that he had already submitted his votes for the reserves, Kerr pivoted to his criticism of the players.

"I am very disappointed in the players though. I mean, they've asked for a vote and a lot of them just made a mockery of it. So I don't know what the point is. So, that was too bad but all in all, these things are always going to be debateable about who's starting and who gets named. There's always going to be worthy players left out of the starting lineup, left out of the roster entirely. It's the same thing every year and I don't know what the perfect answer is," Kerr said before Monday's game against the Heat.

Kerr was then asked to expand on why he thought the players made a mockery of the vote.

"I saw the list. I saw all the guys who got votes and I don't know. Are we allowed to vote for yourself? Yeah? So I don't know, are guys voting for themselves? I mean, there are 50 guys on there who had no business getting votes. So although A lot of people wrote in their buddies for the presidential vote as well, so maybe that's just their own way of making a statement, but I just, I think if you're going to give the players a vote I think they should take it seriously," Kerr said.

 

Ownership of Jazz transferred to Legacy Trust to keep team in Utah

Ownership of Jazz transferred to Legacy Trust to keep team in Utah

Since Larry Miller died back in 2009, there have been some around the league that thought the Jazz might eventually be sold out of the family, most likely to an owner looking to move them out of Utah. The Miller family has denied that vehemently, and there has been not even a step that direction, but it’s easier to kill Freddy Krueger than an NBA rumor.

Monday, the Miller family killed that rumor for good, taking an unprecedented step that will keep the Jazz in Utah for a long, long, time.

Gail Miller has transferred ownership of the Utah Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena into a Legacy Trust that will keep the Jazz in Utah for what she said would be “generations.”

“As a family, we have always considered the Utah Jazz a community asset and it has been our privilege to serve as stewards of this team for more than 30 years,” Miller said. “There have been many opportunities to sell and move the franchise, but from the day Larry and I purchased the Jazz our goal was to keep the team in Utah. The Legacy Trust will help to ensure this commitment is kept for generations to come.”

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