On Thursday, the NBA announced it was fining head coach Mark Jackson $25,000 for comments he made regarding the officiating in a Game 5 loss in Denver; on Thursday, the Golden State Warriors announced to the world they were a legitimate threat to contend for an NBA title this postseason.
Jackson was all smiles after the Warriors closed out the pesky Nuggets, albeit in sloppy fashion at home, 92-88. When reporters asked him about his previous comments that helped initiate the fine, he expressed no regret.
“I don’t regret anything I said,”Jackson explained. “It was physical tonight. That’s the way it is, that’s the way it’s going to be. We’re playing for all the marbles. But I still have great respect for that team.”
Going into the contest, there was plenty of talk about the fact that Jackson called the play of the Nuggets in Game 5 dirty, specifically with respect to the apparent attempt to go after guard Stephen Curry‘s ankle as he cut through the lane.
Denver head coach George Karl brushed off the comments and explained he’s never had his players intentionally try to hurt anyone.
While the play in question caused a stir. Andrew Bogut‘s foul on Kenneth Faried was likely the more deserving of the label ‘dirty’. But Jackson goes to bat for his players. He cares about them deeply, and that’s apparent in any interview he does. There’s no situation where he won’t speak out against what he feels is an attempt to hurt one of his players. That’s just the way he’s wired.
As far as the Bogut foul, see for yourself how that one played out:
Jackson will enjoy this one, as he should. His team played hard and overcame a lot of adversity, including injuries and a bad end to Game 6 that they absolutely had to have. The $25K fine is already a distant memory.
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