Warriors’ Jackson Bracing for Criticism
A night after being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Thursday that he doesn’t regret having guaranteed a postseason berth in his first season.
“If I had to do it all over again, I’d come in talking the same mess,” Jackson said beforethe Warriors 112-103 loss to Dallas at Oracle Arena. “I wouldn’t have said it if I didn’t believe it, but it also raised the bar for our expectations across the board. It’d be easy to come in and talk about a long process and needing a long time to get it right, but that’s not what I signed up for.”
“I’ll take the criticism and the heat that comes with it, but I came in with a mind-set to change the culture,” Jackson said. “When you’re changing the culture, there are going to be some tough spots. Obviously, it hasn’t been the season that we wanted it to be, but we’re excited about what the future holds.”