Originally written on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 12/29/11
Golden State 92, New York 78 We can and probably should mock Mark Jackson for his frustrating turn teaching all of our family members about pro basketball on ABC/ESPN, and for ascending to the ranks of head coach of the Golden State Warriors without deigning to take an assistant coach's position for a short term. And while three games of post-lockout basketball should be nothing to go on, we should also recognize what he's done for the Warriors and their fans thus far. This is a team that wants to play hard for Jackson, and though there's been quite a bit of roster turnover since Don Nelson was let go a year and a half ago, you couldn't say that for Nellie's last few years, and last season's needless lame-ducking of coach Keith Smart. The Warriors will make no big moves in their first year under Jackson, but for now this team is playing hard and attempting to get stops defensively. That, if only for the opening week, is an accomplishment. Golden State completely took New York out ...
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