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.
OAKLAND — The Warriors fired assistant coach Darren Erman due to what the team called “a violation of company policy,” making him the second assistant to leave the bench in as many weeks.
General manager Bob Myers said firing Erman was not a basketball decision, but rather one made by the organization and unrelated to the recent reassignment of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine. Myers would only indicate that the 37-year-old assistant had committed a serious violation that he declined to reveal.
“Something like this needed to be discussed with general counsel, (human resources), as we would with any other employee. It took a couple days to go through the proper channels,” Myers said, adding that all employees are held to the same standard.
“We were unaware, and when made aware, forced to act.”
The story of the night at the Coliseum complex was the rained out A’s game even though it wasn’t raining. Seriously A’s, no tarp on the infield? Unbelieveable.
Just about the same time word was coming down that the A’s game was getting postponed because of sloppy playing conditions, the Sacramento Kings looked like they were the ones dealing with sloppy playing conditions. The first-half effort from the neighbors to the north bordered on laughable.
A lot of that credit goes to the Warriors, who quickly picked up two fouls on Sacramento’s star center DeMarcus Cousins (.ie, the one player on that team most likely to create havoc). He picked up two fouls in the first 1 minute, 42 seconds, and that was really the start of a bad night for the Kings.
SAN ANTONIO — The Warriors’ Mark Jackson and the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich shared a long moment after San Antonio administered a 111-90 beatdown of a short-handed Golden State team.
Jackson declined to share what was said, but it’s clear that there is mutual respect between the two coaches. San Antonio won its 19th straight game and has the NBA’s best record, with Jackson consistently praising the Spurs as the standard.
Popovich said before the game he was flattered by Jackson’s comments and in turn had kind words for the Warriors, who the Spurs defeated in the Western Conference semifinals last season.
DALLAS — The Warriors escaped Dallas with a 122-120 overtime win, and with the victory came co-owner Joe Lacob shaking Jermaine O’Neal’s hand after the game.
The 35-year-old O’Neal had played 33 minutes, scored 20 points and came through with the last-minute block that enabled Stephen Curry to go down on the other end and win the game on a buzzer beater. Some love from ownership was in order.
“He’s very emotional about his team, and rightfully so,” O’Neal said of Lacob, who he said was one of the NBA’s best owners. “He spent a lot of money on it, so we love to see our owner excited and high-fiving and energetic about it.”
What O’Neal is sick of seeing is negativity surrounding the Warriors and coach Mark Jackson that the veteran big man finds unfair. O’Neal has pointed out that some in the media and along some Warriors fans have gone too far with it. He mentioned those concerns last week while strongly defending Jackson.
And Tuesday, O’Neal brought up the issues himself when Warriors TV host Laurence Scott asked about Jackson saying the team was “tied together.”
DALLAS — Warriors forward David Lee will miss a third straight game due to a right hamstring strain after coach Mark Jackson ruled him out for Tuesday’s game at Dallas.
Lee, who is still having trouble running at full speed, is out at a time when Warriors center Andrew Bogut did not make the road trip.
“He’s getting closer and closer, but will not play tonight,” Jackson said. “Every day he’s feeling better and moving better.”
Jackson did not reveal his starting lineup for Tuesday after starting Jermaine O’Neal and Marreese Speights two days earlier in a loss to New York.
OAKLAND — Andrew Bogut walked gingerly around the locker room before the game before disappearing into the training room. David Lee was in street clothes, as the Warriors were far from full strength.
A bench depleted by Jermaine O’Neal being asked to start and play 29 minutes did not come through, letting the Knicks gain second-quarter momentum in an 89-84 loss Sunday.
“I thought our bench came in and didn’t have the same impact,” coach Mark Jackson said. “And even though the game was still close, the tone had been set by that second unit, and it hurt us.”
Marreese Speights entered the lineup and was 2 for 8 from the field. Harrison Barnes continued to struggling, going 2 for 7 from the field while committing two turnovers. Steve Blake was scoreless, missing each of his four shot attempts.
The Warriors led 34-22 in the second quarter. Four minutes later, the score was tied as bench players combined to miss their next six shots.
That was what the Knicks, desperate for a win to stay in playoff contention, needed to get going. The Warriors needed a spark with a patchwork lineup and instead saw their hot start go to waste in a fateful second quarter.
“We got guys that can’t play,” Jackson said. “We got guys that can’t run, so our job is to take care of business until those guys get healthy.”