HoopsHype Mark Jackson rumors

March 19, 2014 Updates
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Warriors coach Mark Jackson insists he doesn’t concern himself with the hits he takes on social media. “I don’t pay attention to it,” he said. “I really don’t. I have a tough enough job being a husband, a father, a pastor, coach, a friend, a son, an uncle. It’s a good life. So I worry about it when they don’t talk about me.” But .?.?. “I have a Twitter account (@MarkJackson13). It’s comical to me,” he said. “Some folks get blocked. You can say what you want, but if you use profanity, you get blocked immediately. So it doesn’t bother me. “(But) I won’t be disrespected. You can not like my coaching or the way I look or my ears; I’m fine with that.” Boston Herald

March 3, 2014 Updates

Warriors big man Jermaine O'Neal did not travel with the team to Toronto and is unavailable for Sunday's game at Toronto because of a passport issue, according to coach Mark Jackson. "A misunderstanding," Jackson said of the passport issue. "We thought we had it, so the ball was dropped, and we don't know whether it was stolen or lost, what have you, but we discovered late-afternoon yesterday, and there was not enough time to fix it and get it here, so he will not be playing tonight." Contra Costa Times

Jermaine O'Neal: As a leader, businessman, and father, I pride myself off being responsible, professional, and prompt! I did not leave or lose my passport!!! ... And believe me when I tell you that there isn't a person in the country more upset than me about not being able to be with my team tonight ... To help them battle for a win during a very important part of our season! Words just can not explain how I feel right now ... But I will be ready to help my team try and get a tuff win against one of the leagues best on Tuesday! (Bottle the anger and release it tue! Twitter

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But in light of how Jackson was treated Friday, he might find himself walking to the home bench sometime in the future. There might be something else at work here. For all the progress that the Warriors have made under Jackson in his three seasons in the Bay Area, there are rumblings that he’s not on totally safe ground. After last season, when the Warriors stunned the Nuggets in the playoffs and then gave the Spurs a tough six-game series in the conference semifinals, the heightened expectations out in Oakland are the reasons for the rumblings. In Jackson’s second season, the Warriors won six playoff games — their highest post-season win total in almost 40 seasons. This season, fans expect way more. New York Daily News

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Joe Lacob gave a lengthy interview yesterday and he used words like disappointing, disturbing, a concern. I’m wondering if he has conveyed any sense of concern to you and how your guys’ relationship is right now? -JACKSON: Your guys meaning Joe and I? Oh, it’s great. I mean, we don’t have a problem at all. He’s an outstanding guy to work for; he’s a competitor, as far as he’s never satisfied, which is what you want. He’s a guy that is always going to be chasing greatness. He didn’t just “disturbing” and you said another d-word, “disappointing.” He used “good” too. (Laughs.) He threw that in. I understand it. And he talked about pressure. And he talked about everybody having pressure. There’s pressure in my entire life. There’s pressure to coach a team, there’s pressure to try to become a professional basketball player. There’s pressure being a husband, there’s pressure being a dad, there’s pressure being a pastor. San Jose Mercury-News

February 12, 2014 Updates
February 11, 2014 Updates

Jackson said before the game he did not know how Bogut got hurt before offering these comments: "As far as I know, it was not on the court," Jackson said. "It wasn't in practice. It wasn't in a game. I'm not really sure. It may have been sleeping, and I say that in all seriousness, but it's important for us to make sure we continue to treat him, it's legitimate, and then let's be smart with it. We're looking ahead at a whole week of rest and recovery, and we need him." Oakland Tribune

Before the game, Bogut wasn't thrilled. He hurt the shoulder while playing Jan. 31 in a win at Utah, began getting sore the day after and played through the discomfort in Tuesday's loss to Charlotte. He said he woke up in pain the following day and thought, "It's really killing me." An MRI exam later revealed a bone bruise and swelling, Bogut said. "It's gotten worse and worse, so I just wanted to address it," said Bogut, who because of the shoulder has missed three games after being sidelined 50 games last season with various injuries. "The sleeping comment is absolutely ridiculous. I don't know where it came from." "It's definitely not the case I just woke up, slept on my shoulder wrong and have a bone bruise and swelling in my shoulder from sleeping. Very highly unlikely, I believe." Oakland Tribune

Jackson blamed the media for making it seem like he took a shot at Bogut. "I understand how you can make it much more appealing and go for the home run," he said. "But in three years, in the 23-win season, I didn't throw anybody under the bus. And you can wait and wait and wait. And it won't happen here until somebody else is sitting here. That's not my M.O., and contrary to the choir, it won't be my M.O. I believe in every one of my guys, and I'm proud of what we've been able to do, and I'll go down being me. I can't be anybody else." Oakland Tribune

February 10, 2014 Updates

He is singled out for Golden State's offensive struggles. Many believe the Warriors are suffering from the loss of assistant coach Michael Malone. But the Warriors' struggles are inherently figured into the roster. The offense's propensity to go into a funk is a function of the players' strengths and weaknesses. San Jose Mercury-News

January 30, 2014 Updates
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It’s a long season, it’s a grind, and we knew immediately after talking to him for five, 10 minutes that he would capture the minds of the players. And we also knew that it was rare to find somebody that had the skill set he had in that he could lead and also had tremendous experience within the NBA as a player, as a broadcaster, at the point guard position. So we saw a lot of qualities that really endeared us towards him. He was smart enough, and he was surrounding himself with a great staff, but his ability to have his players believe in him and trust him has really changed the culture of the organization. I believe in his career, I think he was in the playoffs all but one year. So he’s a winner, comes from a winning background and that’s the type of change we were coveting and the type of change we needed. Basketball Insiders

January 9, 2014 Updates

Bob Myers, Joe Lacob and Kirk Lacob have built a deep, sturdy roster full of shot creators, playmakers and willing defenders. Kent Bazemore, for one, would be a prospect able to receive significant minutes and play through mistakes within most franchises. In Curry and Lee, Jackson sees deserving All-Stars, and it’s hard to argue. Most of all, from the Andrew Bogut trade two years ago to signing Iguodala, the Warriors have brought players who fit the program. No charades with them. “I said from day one: you have to find guys that want to win. Not just say they want to win, but truly care about winning,” Jackson says. “We keep those guys, and the guys that don’t truly care, this ain’t the place for them. We’ve been fortunate to pick the right guys.” RealGM

January 8, 2014 Updates

But in listening to the Warriors coach staunchly defend Jason Kidd's rookie trials and tribulations, he left little doubt on the role of a background singer compared to the lead who's on stage with the booming voice and holding the mic. Quick, someone cue up a Gladys Knight & the Pips track. "Everybody has to know who's in charge, and that's the head coach," Jackson said last night before the Nets took on Golden State. "He's the guy calling the shots. I've never seen anyone of the Pips try to lead. That's Gladys' role. Let Gladys be Gladys." Newsday

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