If we’ve learned anything about professional sports coaches in the past decade, it’s that they’re obsessed with their sport to the point where that’s the only thing that matters to them during their season. Jon Gruden was famous for his early morning prep work. Tom Thibodeau doesn’t do anything but think and coach basketball. Things of this nature.
But Mark Jackson’s not in to that. At all. From Comcast Bay Area:
Jackson said he’s not the kind of coach who will be working 16-hour days, laboring over game tapes and spending an inordinate amount of time mulling the nuances of his job.
Jackson called coaches and coaching staffs that are said to be in the office before sunrise and out of the office after the sun goes down are guilty of “false hustle.”
Sure. Being overprepared for your job is silly. The Bulls only ended up with the best record in the league last year, so all that “fake hustle” isn’t important. Mark Jackson also probably doesn’t study for tests, research companies before job interviews or read the instructions when he’s trying to build an IKEA bookshelf. It’s about feel, man, not stupid preparation.
That’s why he’s not in to the whole long practices thing either.
Jackson said he’s not big on long practices. He’d rather go shorter than longer when it comes to team workouts.
“If you’re efficient and put quality work in, we can move on,” Jackson said. “Ultimately, it’s a long season. We will go over this stuff, well go over it in detail and then we’ll be out of here. I’m not a guy who wants to keep players here three or four hours just to say we’re here.”
This at least makes a little sense. If you can get your work done in two hours instead of four, that’s great. Why waste time and energy going over things you’ve already gone over? Mark Jackson’s certainly right about that.
The worry, of course, is that Mark Jackson is the one who decides when the team is ready, and he’s already said he doesn’t want to spend forever preparing for games. He’ll be deciding that the Warriors are all set based on his gut feeling and probably catchphrases, if we’re being honest. If a guy makes a couple of grown man moves, that’s probably good enough offensive game-planning as far as Mark Jackson is concerned.
It’s going to be weird, Warriors fans. Mark Jackson doesn’t want to spend a lot of time practicing and studying film. Should be an interesting experiment.