Golden State Warriors: 7 Bold Predictions for 2013-2014

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6. Mike Malone’s absence doesn’t hurt the team at all

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson instructs against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Many fans were worried when Mike Malone, an assistant coach for the Warriors, was hired to be the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.  Head coach Mark Jackson is seen as a “motivational” head coach; he is always seen speaking passionately during timeouts. Malone, on the other hand, is often seen drawing up plays.

The worry is that the Warriors will regress because play calling is more important than motivational speeches. It’s understandable to be worried about the loss of a good coach, but the Warriors’ success wasn’t all Malone’s doing.

Many people seem to forget that Jackson had never coached before being hired by the Warriors. Although he struggled during his first year, things really improved in his sophomore effort.  The coaching staff is also comprised of more assistants like Malone.

The Warriors should continue to improve even with Malone leaving for another team.