Season Preview: Mark Jackson's Reward — More Pressure

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Season Preview: Mark Jackson's Reward — More Pressure
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

At some point in the 2013-14 season, Mark Jackson will miss the bleak days of his 2011-12 debut campaign. The lockout-shortened season, filled with mismatched parts and assorted injuries, ended with the Warriors racing to the bottom of the standings in an attempt to retain their lottery pick. An unintended consequence of the flop was a free pass for the team's rookie coach. Despite many questionable choices throughout the year, it was hard to heap too much blame on Jackson for the losing given the pieces he had to work with and the team's justified tank job. The 2012-13 season saw the Warriors retooled and surprisingly resurgent. Jackson and his lead assistant Michael Malone received the usual dose of tough love that die hards reserve for their objects of affection — but the overall sentiment when the playoff run was done was satisfaction. The coaching staff had put together game plans to win meaningful games in extenuating circumstances against quality opponents. Jackson's reward for the team's impressive run? Higher expectations, less support, and more pressure...

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