No doubts for W's Jackson


No doubts for W's Jackson

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.

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

BOSTON -- LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all," James said. "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me."

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.

"It's never talked about (in the) NFL, who's the greatest quarterback. It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us," James said. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops."