Steve Kerr Can Make Golden State Warriors Forget All About Mark Jackson

June 28th, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Every step that new Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr takes will be followed by a pair of shadows: his own and that of his predecessor, Mark Jackson.

With the right combination of humility, vision and leadership, though, Kerr has the chance to carve his own path—and make fans forget about the one that came before him.

The pressure to surpass Jackson's level of success has been building since long before Kerr accepted the position. By dispatching Jackson after he led them on consecutive playoff trips, the Warriors had publicly sent the message that good wasn't good enough.

"The first line of the job description should read: 'Able to win more than 51 games and reach the second round of the playoffs while pushing for a title,'" USA Today's Sam Amick wrote shortly after Jackson's dismissal.

There were more layers than wins and losses behind the move, but that message still rings true. The Warriors have positioned themselves to make a championship push, and they expect that to happen sooner than later.

On the court, Golden State has bought into Kerr's ability to strategically build a powe ...

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