Ethan Sherwood Strauss recently wrote a post for Warriorsworld that admits something about the sportswriting profession: it’s a lot easier to do your job when the team you’re covering wins. In my case on Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors’ 93-90 win over the Sacramento Kings might have landed me a new job.
Mike Malone, move aside! I thought writing was the way to go, but when an NBA coach offers you a spot on their staff, you have to take it.
Okay, maybe that’s not quite how it went down.
Tim Kawakami was chatting up Jackson during the postgame press conference. Kawakami asked whether Ekpe Udoh would start, and Jackson said he wouldn’t. Kawakami made the assertion that Udoh was the team’s best defensive player, and Jackson disagreed (he thinks Biedrins is the team’s best post defender).
So I asked Jackson about Dominic McGuire — who only scored two points but played tremendous defense and grabbed 5 rebounds in about 12 minutes. Jackson must’ve loved the question for whatever reason, because here’s what he had to say (at the 1:40 mark in the video underneath):
BASG: McGuire’s been a big part of that bench unit; would you say he’s your best perimeter defender?
Jackson: I forgot about him, thank you for correcting me. There may be an opening on my staff one of these days.
Then Jackson talked about McGuire for a while … but who really cares. I got a job! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get some rest before hitting Union Square tomorrow for some new suits. Nice, expensive suits.