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"I have sensed that Joe is committed to winning and building a team and a culture the right way," Jackson said. "I think we all witnessed that with some of the recent front office additions as well and some of the other positive things that have been done in recent months. This is an incredible opportunity."
The hiring of Jackson is the latest move by Lacob, who took over the team last year after buying it from Chris Cohan for a record $450 million. The team cut ties with Don Nelson before Lacob and co-owner Peter Guber officially took over ownership and Keith Smart coached the team to a 36-46 mark this past season.
But Smart did not keep the job despite Golden State showing a 10-game improvement in the standings. Lacob also brought in West as a consultant last month and former agent Bob Myers as assistant general manager and GM in waiting in April.
Jackson takes over a team led by a high-scoring but undersized backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. The Warriors and their new coach must also address the team's lack of an inside presence.
"He has a strong personality, not abrasive, but he has a strong personality and should have the right mix to lead our team," Riley said. "I think he'll be a guy who will relate to our team. That's important. That was part of this decision. That was an ingredient we were looking for. Not only can he relate to the team, he can get the point across and get results."
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