Real Warriors 

Golden State is employing Moneyball-style analytics, a groundbreaking farm system, and true grit on its way to its second playoff appearance in nearly two decades.

Page 4 of 4

"I don't think we think we're smarter," Myers said. "The only thing I think in life is hard work pays off. You don't pretend there's an easy way to do anything. No magic potion. We as an organization ascribe to hard work and perseverance. It sounds trite, but we're trying to be smart, hardworking, high-achieving people, with an ownership group that are self-made guys, people who started at bottom. They epitomize what we're trying to accomplish. It's gonna take a lotta work and a lotta effort. Things easily attained are of little value."

Jackson echoed that sentiment. "We have to outwork, out-hustle, be the first in the gym, the last to leave, take out the garbage, wash the dishes," he said. "The problem is to start to think, 'Hey, I belong here.' We have to put work in, still defend. If not, we'll find ourselves on the outside looking in."

Jackson credits the players for the resilience, but Myers said Jackson's resilience is a major part of the team's success. That quality was most evident after a loss to Utah to start the second half of the season and a total of six losses in a row. After the game, Jackson told reporters: "I am not going to jump off this ship.

"I believe in my guys," he continued. "One thing that will take place is guys are going to play for their minutes. We have lost six in a row and haven't played good basketball and I have been extremely patient. I love my guys and I believe in them but we have got to find five guys on the floor that are going to scratch, claw, and compete because history tells me that the only way out of a funk like this is working our way out of it. We aren't going to cool our way out of this thing."

They've rebounded since — even snapping a sixteen-game slide against mighty San Antonio — and as of Monday, were sporting a 42-32 record that had them in second place in the Pacific Division for the first time this late in the year since Bill Clinton was a first-year president (1993). Still, the overall goal is far grander than a sixth seed in the playoffs. It is excellence — an annual elite status — that buries those boos to where they feel like a long, long time ago.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the month in which Warriors fans booed team co-owner Joe Lacob. It was March 2012 -- not December.

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Readers also liked…

  • Terror or Entrapment?

    Five recent Bay Area terrorism cases by the FBI raise questions as to whether the bureau has enticed young, troubled Muslim men to attempt acts they wouldn't have otherwise committed.
    • Jan 3, 2018
  • Oakland’s Black Artists Make Space for Themselves

    Responding to gentrification and the political climate, artists are creating work reflecting an increasing urgency to preserve the local legacy of Black culture.
    • Jan 17, 2018
  • How to Navigate the New World of Cannabis

    At 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center in Richmond, it's all about educating customers.
    • Jan 17, 2018

Latest in Feature

  • Recycling's Sword of Damocles

    China's unwillingness to keep buying low-value U.S. waste has destroyed the industry's economics, but the truth is that far too much of what we throw in the recycling bin has always just been garbage.
    • May 21, 2019
  • The Disenfranchised Rebels of Castro Valley

    Taxation without representation is alive and well in this unincorporated community. Some residents are hoping to change that, but the odds are stacked against them.
    • May 14, 2019
  • The Most Dangerous Place in Alameda County

    A "barbaric" litany of horrors from Santa Rita, "the best big jail in the nation."
    • May 7, 2019
  • More »

Author Archives

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

Holiday Guide 2018

A guide to this holiday season's gifts, outings, eats, and more.

Fall Arts 2018

Our Picks for the Best Events of the Fall Arts Season

© 2019 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation