OAKLAND — Warriors coach Mark Jackson took a step back from the grind and gained perspective after his 100th career victory as a coach.
Jackson had been informed earlier in the day before the Warriors got back on track with a 102-87 win at Oracle Arena that he was one away from that milestone win.
Recently, Jackson had joked with Kent Bazemore for a photo the reserve guard posted on Instagram showing a celebration for the player’s 100th career game played came complete with 100 spelled out in balloons.
“I talked to him and laughed, and he said, ‘You don’t know I dreamt about this,’” Jackson said after the game. “And now it’s not so funny because I was a kid sitting on the sideline in my house dreaming to play, dreaming to announce and dreaming to coach. And to realize the awesome blessing of being able to win 100 games and coach this group of guys, I don’t take it for granted.”
These haven’t been the easiest last couple weeks for Jackson, who has at times had to publicly challenge his team to play with more energy and intensity. He’s also thrown his support behind those players in comments to the media. All the while, his performance has been evaluated by fans, with our Tim Kawakami and Marcus Thompson providing some of their own perspective on how much of the team’s struggles have to do with the head coach.
For a moment though, Jackson recalled a time when things were simpler. Stephen Curry touched on that idea in the locker room, saying the team just needed to start having fun again.
After the game, Curry smiled and said Jackson joked that there would be a celebration at Bazemore’s house for the coach’s 100th win.
That’s at least a start.