OAKLAND – Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he doesn’t care about getting credit.
He pointed to the locker room that he believes to be a special one. He said the credit belongs to his ownership group and front office as well.
“You see, if you pay attention to the chatter, then you lose sight of what’s taking place,” Jackson said.
“The numbers speak for themselves. When you think about what this team, this group of guys have been able to do, I said it. Give ownership credit. Give management credit. Give these players credit.”
Jackson was thrilled after the Warriors beat the Jazz 130-102, taking care of business against the team with the Western Conference’s worst record a day after yet another distraction emerged.
Assistant coach Darren Erman’s firing due to a violation of company policy heaped on top of what Jackson called “chatter” coming from outside the locker room has led to some tough times for Golden State.
Jackson said he found the chatter “entertaining” and hoped it would not take away from what his players had been able to accomplish.
On the court, the Warriors carried on and won their 48th game to eclipse last season’s total. That’s a third year under Jackson in which the total has increased, and he was proud of his players for it.
“And we’re not finished. There’s still work to be done, but to think about where we were three years ago to where we are today, I’m not going to minimize it,” Jackson said.