Draymond Green Gives Mark Jackson His Flowers For Building Up Their Confidence To Win Championships


In 2011, Mark Jackson became the first head coach hired by the new Golden State Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.

Jackson arrived with the promise of making the Warriors, that had made the playoffs just once in the previous 17 years, a playoff team. He ended up doing more and build the foundation of what would become a dynasty in the coming years under his successor Steve Kerr.

Warriors star Draymond Green now gave his former coach credit for instilling him, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson with confidence when they were younger. According to Green, this allowed the Warriors to lay the foundation of their four-championship dynasty they became under Steve Kerr.


“Where I do give Mark [Jackson] credit, is the confidence he instilled in us to be okay with us being us… I can remember vividly conversations with him like, ‘[Steph], you’re the baddest dude on the planet!’ This was before Steph was an All-Star… We’re in meetings, we’re in practice, we’re in the locker room, and he’s like, ‘Dude, you’re the baddest dude on the planet.’ Klay has no conscience and most coaches would force him to have a conscience. Mark Jackson was like, ‘Dude, you don’t think, shoot.’ What Mark instilled in us allowed us to become that.”


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