Posted April 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer On his first day as coach of the Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson declared the ''Bay Area will never be the same,'' promising the playoffs in his debut season and NBA championships to follow. About the only real changes so far have been Jackson's words. The Warriors stumbled to a 23-43 record this season. Injuries gutted Golden State and a move that sent leading scorer Monta Ellis to Milwaukee at the trade deadline for center Andrew Bogut - expected to be a healthy franchise star come fall - did the rest. Expectations will be higher than they have been in years next season. The Warriors will finally have a starting lineup that has a legitimate chance to make the playoffs. Health, however, is a huge concern.
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