Do You Think That Mark Jackson Appreciated Having Steve Kerr Credit Him With Golden State's Defensive Success?
Reporter: How did you make this such a good defensive team while keeping up the pace [offensively]?
Kerr: I didn’t. I didn’t; Mark Jackson did. Honestly. When I was in TV, I was doing Warriors games for years; every year they were one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Mark came in and made a focus of being a tough defensive-minded team.
The trade for Andrew Bogut, to me, changed the identity of the team. The year before I got here, the Warriors were the fourth-ranked defensive team in the league — already top-five. We knew what we had. We didn’t change one thing defensively. We started switching more when Draymond [Green] took over that power forward role. But for the most part, our schemes — everything — stayed the same.
We already knew they had established that defensive identity. Our job was to improve the offense — to get more movement and more flow. And that was my focus.
Obviously Steve Kerr's complimentary words were meant as a proverbial tip of the cap to a guy that could surely use them as he's forced to sit idly by watching another man (well, men) benefit greatly from the fruits of his labor. Mark Jackson could most certainly use a pat on the ass with how often he must dream of what could have been, but do you that Steve Kerr is the guy he would prefer to get it from?
Isn't this kind of like your ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend coming out and thanking you for teaching her all the kinky shit she does to him in bed? It's technically a show of praise, but it's also oddly an unintentional rubbing of salt in a ghastly wound that has to have bled Mark Jackson dry of whatever pride he had left. Steve Kerr basically just said that he didn't make single adjustment to what amounted to 50% of the Golden State Warriors' game plan, and the guy that concocted that game plan has nothing but a little bit of credit from the man that's using that blueprint to run train on the rest of the NBA to show for it. Not only does Mark Jackson have to essentially sit in the corner watching Steve Kerr and Mike Brown tag team his metaphorical "ex-wife", but he has to fucking narrate the positions as if half of them weren't originally his to begin with. Honest to God, if I were him I think would prefer to go unsung and have people hopefully/eventually forget my affiliation with a franchise that looks to be embarking on a historic, dynastic run instead of reminding them how badly I got cucked.