W's Jackson: Bay Area 'will never be the same'

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W's Jackson: Bay Area 'will never be the same'

June 10, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Jackson said some of the same things at his introductory press conference on Friday that a lot of Warriors coaches have said over the years at the beginning of their tenures.

The Warriors will defend; the Warriors will play uptempo; the Warriors will be successful; and at some point the Warriors are going to compete for an NBA title. Could have been P.J. Carlesimo, Dave Cowens, Eric Musselman or Don Nelson saying those things, quite frankly.

But it was Mark Jackson, and for some reason, when Jackson says those things, they almost sound well, believable. If Jackson can coach anything like he speaks or holds an audience, then maybe the Warriors can turn things around.

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Jackson, who is working the NBA Finals for ABC, said he sees no reason why the Warriors can't get to the level of the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks, the only two teams playing in the NBA at this point.

"Why are these two teams in the NBA Finals even though they both have limitations?" Jackson asked. "Flat-out outstanding coaches. Flat-out outstanding game-plans and finding a way of beating the odds.

"You don't stumble into that, and truly this Warriors' team won't stumble into it. We're going to prepare ourselves to be in this position and be in this position quickly."

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Jackson, who has never coached on any level, reiterated his promise of a few days ago that the Warriors will make the playoffs next season.

He said Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry can play together. And at one point, Jackson even said "the Bay Area will never be the same again."

Later on when Jackson was asked exactly what that meant by that, he brought up the Oakland A's, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders titles and said that now is the Warrriors' time.

"When you begin to hold guys accountable and make there be a price to be paid when you don't do it, then they'll get it done," Jackson said. ""The ultimate weapon is playing time. We'll find out right now who really wants to win and who is acting. Because the actors are going to be exposed. This is going to take a full-time commitment across the board."

Jackson wasn't long on details in terms of how he's going to implement his plan -- whether the Warriors will be uptempo or defensive-minded or how much man-to-man they'll play as compared to zone.

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But on Day 1, details aren't really what's called for. What Jackson wanted to emphasize was that it's not the same old Warriors anymore. Time, of course, will tell. But it sure sounded all good on Friday.

"I can't talk about the organization prior to these gentlemen (co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber) assembling this dream team," Jackson said. "I can tell you what it's going to be going forward. We're not going to accept mediocrity. We're not going to accept not getting it done on the floor. We're going to hold each other and this team to a different standard.

"We're going to be professionals and it's going to be a lot of fun. This is going to be a beautiful time so you might as well latch onto the back of the bandwagon because things be changing in the Bay Area."

REPORT: Kings trade Cousins to New Orleans Pelicans

REPORT: Kings trade Cousins to New Orleans Pelicans

In a shocking move, the Kings have traded three-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to multiple reports.

Cousins is having his best season in Sacramento, averaging 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists under Dave Joerger.

The Kings went to great lengths a few weeks back to insure Cousins that rumors of a potential trade were false, even meeting with the 26-year-old big and his agents in Sacramento to crush published reports.

Vlade Divac even went as far as to tell ESPN’s Marc Stein, “We’re not trading DeMarcus.”

Cousins spoke glowingly of Sacramento in his media sessions at All-Star weekend in New Orleans, reiterating to reporters that he would love to finish his career in a Kings uniform.

More to come...

James Ham contributed to this report. 

Instant Replay: Bruins score in overtime, send Sharks to the break with a loss

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Instant Replay: Bruins score in overtime, send Sharks to the break with a loss

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SAN JOSE – The Boston Bruins skated past the San Jose Sharks on Sunday at SAP Center, 2-1 in overtime.

Brad Marchand’s breakaway goal after the Bruins won a defensive zone faceoff gave Boston the win, as Torey Krug found the forward charging towards the San Jose net. Marchand slipped the puck through Martin Jones’ five hole at 2:36.

San Jose has dropped its last four games decided in the three-on-three.

The Sharks lost for the sixth time in their last eight games (2-1-5), headed into the bye week. They will not play or practice from Monday through Friday, and resume their season on Saturday in Vancouver.

Boston extended its winning streak to four games since firing Claude Julien and naming Bruce Cassidy the interim head coach. The streak began with a 6-3 win over the Sharks at TD Garden on Feb. 9.

The Bruins were just the fourth team of 20 to win the first game after their bye week (4-12-4).

Boston scored the only goal in the first period, while the Sharks answered with a second period tally.

Ryan Spooner’s marker at 11:05 of the opening frame put Boston ahead. An Adam McQuaid point shot found Jimmy Hayes in the slot, and after Hayes fired wide of the net, Spooner tucked in the loose puck.

San Jose turned up the pressure late in the second, finally resulting in a goal by Patrick Marleau. During a four-on-four situation, Brent Burns’ wrist shot deflected right to Marleau’s tape, and he easily flipped in his 502nd career goal at 17:37.

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer shortened his bench for the third period, leaving Mikkel Boedker and Nikolay Goldobin planted on the pine. Melker Karlsson took Boedker’s place on the second line, while Chris Tierney skated on the third line with Tomas Hertl and Joel Ward.

The Sharks are 6-3-1 in the second half of back-to-backs.

Special teams

Each team had just one power play in the game, failing to convert.

The Sharks are 3-for-24 on the power play over their last eight games (12.5 percent), but a perfect 8-for-8 on the PK in their last five.

In goal

Jones was facing the Bruins just 10 days after he was pulled to start the second period in Boston when he allowed three goals on 12 shots. He allowed two goals on 27 shots.

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for the win.

Lineup

The Sharks’ lineup was unchanged from Saturday’s win in Arizona, other than the goaltender. Goldobin played in his second game of the season.

Joe Thornton remains two assists away from 1000 in his career. His five-game point streak came to an end.

Burns had 20 shot attempts, including seven on net.

Up next

Saturday’s game in Vancouver begins a stretch where the Sharks will play their final 22 games over a 43-day span. On Feb. 2, they won the first of five meetings with the Canucks, 4-1 at Rogers Arena.

Vancouver, which hosted Philadelphia on Sunday, also has its bye week from Feb. 20-24.