In ‘Defense’ of Mark Jackson

The Warriors are coming off their first fifty win season since Chris Webber‘s rookie year twenty years ago.

 

Oakland was the fourth best team in the NBA this year by ‘simple rating system’.

Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and others forced a seventh game in a playoff series against the second best team in the NBA despite not having their best defensive player Andrew Bogut.

The 2014 Warriors were one of the handful best defensive units in the league even with Bogut and Andre Iguodala missing 34 total games in the regular season.

Mark Jackson is the first Warriors coach to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since Don Nelson in 1992.

You can even argue that this Warriors season was the second best by the franchise since they moved to Oakland in 1966…when Bill Sharman was head coach…and Nate Thurmond was an all-star.

I don’t know if Mark Jackson is a good coach or poor coach or great coach.  Coaching is extremely hard to evaluate objectively from afar.

But I would have a really hard time firing a guy with the above resume.

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