Way back in June, Mark Jackson was hired as the Golden State Warriors head coach to much surprise. Kind of. We all knew he’d get a job eventually, but we’re still kind of shocked someone would want Mr. Hand Down Man Down as their basketball coach. It’s not that he’ll be a bad coach — we can’t know that yet — it’s just that he’s always seemed more interested in saying nonsense catchphrases than analyzing basketball. “Momma there goes that man” doesn’t go very far in a sideline huddle.
But it’s not just us hoopheads that are confused about Mark Jackson’s hiring anymore. It’s Warriors fans too, thanks to Jackson bringing up something most Golden State fans haven’t heard of in quite some time. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
In his first meeting with Warriors fans, new coach Mark Jackson started an impromptu chant of “De-fense” among a confused audience, which has rarely heard that word while missing the playoffs 16 of the past 17 seasons.
I am sure this is just a little creative scene-setting, but it is really funny to imagine Warriors fans being completely befuddled by some former commentator chanting “DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE” over and over while they’re trying to figure out what he’s talking about. After three straight seasons of being in the bottom five in the league for defensive efficiency, that would be understandable.
Not to mention, this won’t be the last time they have no idea what Mark Jackson is talking about. Might as well get used to it.