The Golden State Warriors just completed a franchise-best 6-1 road trip, including wins over the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets. But they aren't going to sit around and think they've won a championship or accomplished anything all that substantial. At least not while Mark Jackson is the head coach.
Jackson is proud of his team's accomplishment but he is making sure that they don't let it keep them from doing what got them there in the first place. And he's thankful that he has a group of guys that also understand that. There is still plenty of work to be done.
"You notice the confidence level rising; you know there's a sense of accomplishment," Jackson said Monday in Oakland to CSN Bay Area. "But it's also a group that understands we've done nothing. That's what I love about this group. They understand that we've done absolutely nothing. So we're going to continue to work our tails off and continue to do the things that we've been doing to put us in position."
The Warriors are 16-8, sit as the fifth-seed in the Western Conference and second in the Pacific Division. They know who they are and they're playing like a team that expects to win instead of one that is surprised when it happens. Jackson has a perspective of making sure they've maxed out all the team can do before celebrating any sort of success.
"When it's all said and done and we've maximized who we are as a basketball team, individually and collectively. When it's all said and done, like I've said from Day 1, and our tank is glaring an orange light revealing that we are on empty, that's when we can take a deep breath and say well done."
The next step in earning that success is against the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. PT.