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.

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

BOX SCORE

LOS ANGELES -- Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint, and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Hayward returned after missing most of Utah's win in Game 4 because of food poisoning that caused him to lose weight and energy.

Chris Paul's 3-pointer drew the Clippers within two with 5 seconds left. After George Hill hit two free throws, Paul struggled getting the ball under control near the sideline and couldn't do anything as time expired.

The Jazz made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three by Rodney Hood, who finished with 16 points.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and J.J. Redick added 26 with injured star Blake Griffin watching from the bench, his right foot encased in a black walking boot.

The Jazz can clinch the series with a victory in Game 6 on Friday night in Salt Lake City.

The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth to tie the game. They made 12 of 15 free throws in the final period, but never managed to take the lead.

Paul and Hayward were called for double technical fouls with 40 seconds to go. Paul had already pushed Hayward in the back after they got tied up scrambling for a rebound in front of Utah's bench. Hayward made both shots for a 90-85 lead.

Joe Johnson's step back jumper extended Utah's lead to 92-87.

Neither team shot well, but the Jazz were better at most everything else. They owned a 34-28 edge in the paint, and the team that has done so has won each of the first five games in the best-of-7 series.

Utah outscored the Clippers on second-chance and fast-break baskets.

Utah took the game's first double-digit lead early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Hood that made it 69-58.

The Clippers clawed back with an 11-0 run featuring five straight free throws by Redick and two consecutive 3-pointers from Paul that tied the game at 69-all.

Suddenly, the quiet crowd was on its feet cheering and Utah called time out.

The Jazz regrouped to take a 77-69 lead. They ran off eight straight, capped by Haywood's 3-pointer after the Clippers' defense shut down Hill inside and forced him to pass out to the perimeter with the shot clock winding down.

TIP-INS:
Jazz: Neither team has won by more than eight points so far in the series.

Clippers: Griffin's injured big right toe needs further evaluation before it's decided whether he'll require surgery. ... G Austin Rivers played 17 minutes in his return from a strained left hamstring. He was 0 of 4 and had two points. ... They fell to 1-11 all-time in Game 5 of a playoff series that was tied 2-2.

 

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Festus Ezeli will not be back with the Blazers next season, Portland GM Neil Olshey said on Tuesday.

Last summer -- after the Warriors let Ezeli walk in free agency following the addition of Kevin Durant -- he signed a 2-year contract worth just over $15 million.

But Year 2 was essentially a club option with a $1 million buyout.

A knee injury prevented Ezeli from ever suiting up for the Blazers this season.

He underwent cadaver ligament replacement surgery in early March.

The Warriors drafted Ezeli 30th overall in 2012.

Over 46 games (13 starts) with Golden State in 2015-16, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per contest.