Q&A with Mark Jackson -- Part 1

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Q&A with Mark Jackson -- Part 1

Editor's Note: Check back with the Warriors Talk Blog on Friday for Part 2 of Mark Jackson's interview.Mark Jackson sat down with some media members on Wednesday for question-and-answer session. Even though Jackson couldnt talk about current NBA players, the lockout or the lockouts impact, that didnt stop him from touching on several subjects.Heres the transcript:Question: Are you a long practice guy, short and crisp practice guy, or totally open to anything when were talking about practice?Mark Jackson: Theres no need to waste time and be over there just to say we got in three hard hours. No. Were going to be precise. Well have a purpose to it. It depends on how the guys are. If youre efficient and put quality work in, we can move on.
But ultimately its a long season, we will go over this stuff, go over it in detail and well be out of here. Im not a guy who wants to keep players here three or four hours just to say were here.Question: Will your assistant coaches have specific roles such as one person who is the big man coach and another who would work primarily with the guards?
Mark Jackson: Im not a guy who is going to put any one of these coaches in a box. The reason why I hired them is because I believe each one of them can and will be a head coach in this league. It would be unfair to any of them to say, well hes a defensive guy. I get a chuckle out of reading Michael Malone is my defensive guy. Hes not my defensive guy.Im going to be the head coach, Im going to be the defensive and offensive guy, Im going to be the rules guy, Im going to be the leader, but every one of those coaches will have roles within this coaching staff on both sides of the basketball.It would be unfair to any of them to say hes a big man coach or defensive coach or offensive coach. Im going to encourage all of them to be a complete coach.Question: So, theoretically, if you break the teams up into bigs and smalls, you could have one coach working with the bigs one day and then that same coach would be working with the smalls the next day?Mark Jackson: That could happen. That could happen. ... All of these coaches will be coaching both sides and every position.Question: How much are you into film work?Mark Jackson: Ive played for coaches who have used it above and beyond, and even out of control. Im a guy who will use it to show examples of what were preaching and whats getting done and also whats not getting done. Youre not going to see bags under my eyes because Ive watched film all night long.Are were going to be dragging out of a two-hour film session? No. We will use it too make a point of emphasis and then we will move on. Ive played for coaches where youre like, Another day of film? Cmon. Lets go.I think you go out on the floor and begin to talk about what needs to be corrected.Question: Did you actually have to create a playbook?Mark Jackson: Yeah. Yeah. When I was interviewed, I not only talked about what I was able to do but I also brought in stuff I had prepared during the course of my career: Plays that I liked, defensive concepts that I liked. So I was already ready. I had stuff. I also (kept) stuff that they ran in the past here that was very effective.Theres no need in me trying to re-invent the wheel if they did something very well and they were obviously very comfortable with certain calls. There are probably two or three things I kept within that playbook that they ran last year. Its a totally new playbook. It has my DNA all over it. And then depending on what we look like as a team, well make proper adjustments, either adding or subtracting.Question: One of the things weve heard about the Warriors having their own D-League team (Dakota Wizards) is that you can try things down there, see if they work, and then try them at the NBA level maybe an inbounds play?Mark Jackson: No. I mean, it sounds nice and probably great material to write about, but the truth of the matter is if youre Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich, Phil Jackson, no matter who you are, youre trying something every night. I can remember calling Nets games and Kiki Vandeweghe - and I didnt agree with this -- the Nets had some sort of lottery where a fan could design a play.And the winning fan actually designed the play which Kiki Vandeweghe ran in the game. Thats not going to happen. I mean, thats overboard. But youre not far removed from that. I could sit here and draw up something and say lets try that later. Or I could go into practice and say Cmon over here, you five guys, were going to try this against a defense. That happens every single night during the course of a season.Question: How much have you been on the phone with (assistant coach) Mike Malone?Mark Jackson: Ive pretty much been on the phone with all of my guys, quite frequently and often. Mike has done an outstanding job from Day 1. When we went to visit the guys (Monta Ellis, David Lee and Stephen Curry before the lockout) putting things together (with this weeks coaching gathering). Hes been outstanding.But all the (assistant coaches) to make sure everybody has a good grasp of what were doing on both sides of the ball, make sure that were complete as a staff and make sure everybody understands it.

Draymond uses expletives in text to Myers, calls Jordan Bell on FaceTime

Draymond uses expletives in text to Myers, calls Jordan Bell on FaceTime

At his introductory press conference on Friday afternoon, Jordan Bell said that he tries to emulate his game after Draymond Green.

He said that he can learn a lot from Draymond.

Then, Warriors GM Bob Myers directed his next words at the newest addition to the team:

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"Draymond will be a fun challenge for you," Myers said as he laughed and grabbed Bell on the shoulder. "Draymond texted me after I was driving home (following the draft). And he said, 'What the expletive is your problem?' So you can fill in the blank. And then he said, 'I have to hear about this expletive on the internet, you didn't expletive tell me about it?'

"So I couldn't text and drive so I called him and said, 'OK. All right. Calm down.' He said, 'I need his number, I need to talk to him,' so I gave it to Draymond ... he's like our team mom in a way ... you're gonna love playing with him, because to be honest, with Draymond it's about respect ... that's the type of team we have but we feel like that's how you are, too."

So what exactly did Draymond to say the 2016-17 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year?

"So he FaceTime'd me ... and I was with my friends celebrating. I texted the number back and I was like, 'Who is this?' And then he didn't reply, so I called the number and I was like, 'Yo, who is this?'

"And then he was like, 'Yo. I FaceTime'd you. Hang up right now, FaceTime me back, don't call. So I was like, 'Yeah, you're right.' So I hung up and I FaceTime'd him and he didn't answer. And I was like, 'All right.' I was like I should wait a couple seconds, and I waited like five seconds and I called him back on FaceTime.

"He was like, 'Yo, enjoy this night. Celebrate it. It only happens once, but after this night, we have to get back to work. We trying to get rings over here, so be ready for it."

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Other takeaways from the press conference:

- Andre Iguodala is one of Bell's favorite players of all-time
- Kevin Durant texted Bell on Friday to welcome him to the Warriors
- Steve Kerr called Bell after the draft and on Friday
- Steph Curry texted Myers after the Warriors paid the Bulls $3.5 million for the rights to Bell

And, finally:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Most talked-about draft in perhaps ever delivered one extraordinary thing

Most talked-about draft in perhaps ever delivered one extraordinary thing

The NBA Draft was a resounding success for the chattering classes – that is, until it actually happened, at which point all the potential scenarios were reduced to reality, and as we are coming to learn, nobody much likes reality any more.

After all, what’s more fun – arguing about where Jimmy Butler was going to be traded, or the trade that sent him to Minnesota itself? Let me help you with that – it was the first one.

Before the act, anything is possible, and therefore anything can be suggested. Once the act is completed, though?

Scoreboard. End of discussion. Fun dies. Go home.

Try this is you don't think so:

Fact: Lonzo Ball wants to be a Laker. Hilarious supposition that drives conversation (and drinks) across the nation: What if he doesn’t get to be a Laker and his father pulls his own head off like a champagne cork? Result that ends all discussion: Lonzo Ball is a Laker.

And then it ratchets itself again. Hilarious re-supposition that re-energizes the argumentals: How good will Lonzo Ball be? Result that ends all discussion: How good he actually is. Tie-breaker: His dad pulling his own head off like a champagne cork.

This is how daily fantasy became popular – the creation of a different reality or realities that have nothing to do with the actual games played by the actual people. This is also how esports became a thing – creatures of the imagination fighting other creatures of the imagination over fictional glories.

Hell, it’s why the best day of the college basketball season is the day the 68-team NCAA tournament bracket is filled. The games ruin it by being the definitive word on the bracket.

It is, in short, the triumph of the process over the actual deed – interactive make-believe gone mad.

So it was Thursday night. The most talked-about draft in perhaps ever which delivered one extraordinary thing – the Butler trade to Minnesota rather than Boston or Cleveland. Everything else about the evening was noise signifying chalk. All the players everyone thought would go high went high, the ones in the middle were pretty much mid-level draftees, and the bottom twenty were . . . well, what bottom 20 picks usually are: G-Leaguers.

There weren’t any goofy foreigners, no stretches, no spite-filled Kristaps Porzingis trade by a fulminating Phil Jackson. Nobody did anything aggressively stupid or jaw-droppingly brilliant, which without all the pre-draft yelling and screaming would have made this a fairly bland evening.

The lesson, then, is this: In the new world of show-me-something-shiny-right-now, the shiny part of the NBA draft was the run-up. And we love the run-up, almost more than we love the games.

Or maybe we’re just better as a nation at the run-up. The NFL Draft is its own industry, right down to the large-men-running-in-their-underwear degrade-o-thon known as the combine. The NHL this year doubled down with an expansion draft the day before its amateur draft. The pregame show does a better number than the rest of the day, and since the new media truth is that the pregame show is all day, every day, we have hooked ourselves on conversations about what might be and flit about like a hummingbird on Ritalin to the next what-might-be thing.

This preference for the individually tailored virtual universe over the one we all actually live in is not something to be lamented or wept over. It just is, and it will remain that way until the games just wither and die and all there is talking about something that actually will never happen instead of a million things that might.

In that moment, the robots will win. Or more precisely, they’ll get to the round of sixteen, and we can all argue about whether they would be better off meeting the Cylons or the shape-shifters in the regional final.