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Warriors trying to tone down the rhetoric and just win, baby

Sep 28, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

Mark Jackson AP

Before last season the Warriors were brash. New owners, new coach right out of the broadcast booth where he was paid to be opinionated. They were trying to create a new aura around the long-struggling Warriors.

The organization top to bottom talked openly about making the playoffs. Then they didn’t make the playoffs. Overpromise and under-deliver is a pattern Warriors fans were used to. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

This year, the Warriors are not talking playoffs — they are not talking about much of anything. We already told you how coach Mark Jackson was playing down expectations. That is not an accident, Warriors General Manager Bob Meyer told they need to walk the walk before they talk the talk.

“Because, unfortunately, we have not had a culture of winning and until we actually go do that, it doesn’t matter what I say, what coach says or what anybody says. It matters what we do, what our team does.

“What I’m trying to say is, I think if we employ the right process in how we go about what we’re doing, working hard, doing things the right way, then the results will come. There’s a quote: ‘You cannot ensure success, but you can deserve it….

“Unless we actually go do it, and the results are there, which is winning … We’re not an organization that has a history of winning each year, so it’s almost that I’d rather go do it and let the results speak for themselves as opposed to saying it’s going to happen.”

It starts with making the playoffs this year. Which will not be easy in a deep Western Conference, but not out of the question if they can keep Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut healthy (and get other breaks like Klay Thompson taking a step forward in his second year). If all that happens they still need to beat out teams like Minnesota, Dallas and Utah for a final playoff spot.

I like the mindset though. Talk is easy. They need to prove what they can do on the court before anybody really listens.

  1. nbascreed - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    1. I just don’t think Golden State is that good. I get the FO/Coaches doing the typical spin…one game at a time, we need to grow, be patient…blah, blah, blah. But I think they lack the talent of even the third tier western conference teams (bottom 3rd). And as currently constituted I think they will in 2013 and in 2014.

    2. I love Curry’s story but with him as your premier player I don’t really think you’re going that far and nothing about Barnes’ college career leads me to believe he has the ability (skill/talent) to be elite in the NBA. Nothing about Bogut’s pro career says “get on my back”.

    3. I love hard work and love to see anyone get better in anything but I’m not a big fan of using the “he got better over the summer” or “he’s going to take the next step” meme as rationale for a better season. I hate to be blunt but Klay Thompson’s ceiling as an NBA player is set and if (IF) he reaches it, he may be a 3rd option on a contending team. That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t try to reach it, Scottie Pippen is a PERFECT example of why you should push to improve your game every year, but that DOES mean that even with marked improvement in his individual game it won’t be strong enough relative to his level of competition to affect Warriors wins in any material way.

    4. I honestly don’t think Mark Jackson is that good of a coach. His playoff talk last year was bush league and his whole mantra of treating his players like men and being an example, will fall flat with any current or future player that type of stuff may have worked on. Sorry this is the truth.

  2. keepthisrealbro - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Who when it goes south again, who is the next to get traded for another second half tank

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