“Dubs embracing high expectations,” Sports, Wednesday
Warriors story got it wrong
As a longtime fan of the Golden State Warriors, I sharply remember the firing of coach Mark Jackson after last year's playoffs, and the numbed reaction of fans and local sportswriters.
Jackson led the Warriors to their greatest success in 20 years and was liked by most of the players. So I was astonished to read the piece by Antonio Gonzalez, in which he writes that owner Joe Lacob's decision to fire Jackson and replace him with first-time NBA coach Steve Kerr “sent the message that he wants to win a championship — and win a championship now.”
This is revisionist history that could only have been written by an outsider. First, Lacob never stated that he thought Kerr would be more likely than Jackson to win a championship. In fact, Lacob admitted that his reasons for letting Jackson go were purely personal. Second, no one with a brain believes that the Warriors are capable of capturing the NBA title this year.