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OAKLAND, Calif. wholesale jerseys . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson handled questions about the "chatter" swirling around his future with his usual bold and boisterous banter Sunday night, raising his eyebrows and smiling after every answer. Jackson still knows his critics -- and the decision-makers in the organization -- will not be satisfied just because he can spin a sentence that projects confidence. He understands a secure future with the Warriors will depend on how his players perform in the playoffs. "My job will be determined on winning," Jackson said. "Im fine with that." Even in the midst of the franchises best season in 20 years, Jacksons job security and his relationship with ownership have been at the forefront of discussion. Much of that has been fueled by the curious moves involving two of his assistant coaches the past two weeks. The Warriors management fired Darren Erman on Saturday for "a violation of company policy" but declined to reveal the policy he violated. Jackson also reassigned Brian Scalabrine to the teams NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz on March 25 because of what Jackson called a "difference in philosophies." Support still remains high for Jackson in the locker room. Everybody from All-Star point guard Stephen Curry to veteran centre Jermaine ONeal has gone out of their way to applaud the job Jackson has done. General manager Bob Myers also said the team believes in Jacksons abilities. But co-owner Joe Lacob has yet to publicly support Jacksons future beyond this season. And the teams decision to pick up Jacksons contract option for the 2014-15 season last summer instead of negotiating a long-term deal has led to speculation that the Warriors need to at least match last seasons second-round playoff appearance or Jacksons job could be in jeopardy. Jackson, for his part, said he has a great relationship with the front office and Lacob. He added that the two spoke for about 15 minutes in San Antonio during Golden States recent road trip. "Theres no friction at all," Jackson said. "I humbly submit to you, if youve got a problem with me as a person, then its your problem. Im low maintenance. What you see is what you get, and Im going to be a fun-loving enjoyable guy thats easy to talk to. I have no issues with anybody in this organization and its been that way from day one." Jackson has repeatedly praised his players and the job Myers and his staff have done to reconstruct a roster that went 23-43 just two years ago during the labour-lockout shortened season. He also has tried to put the focus back on the floor, where the Bay Areas beloved basketball team is beginning to blossom again this spring. The Warriors (48-29) eclipsed last seasons win total in Sunday nights rout of Utah, moving 19 games over .500 for the first time in 20 years. Golden State is 1 1/2 games behind fifth-place Portland and 1 1/2 games ahead of seventh-place Dallas in the crammed conference standings. Barring an epic collapse in the final five games, the Warriors will make the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. And theyve done that while coping with injuries that have sidelined starters Andrew Bogut, David Lee and Andre Iguodala for prolonged stretches. "The numbers speak for themselves," Jackson said. Winning in the regular season, though, doesnt always mean much. All Jackson has to do is look back at what happened after beating Denver in the first round last season, when the Nuggets fired George Karl after he led them to a franchise-record 57 wins and earned NBA Coach of the Year honours. Jackson noted that the depth of the Western Conference this season means that plenty of good teams with good coaches wont make it past the first round. And, like most years, that could mean some dont return next season -- though hes not planning to be among either group. "Believe it or not," Jackson said, "I am absolutely convinced that my future is just fine." wholesale nfl jerseys . Hes all Cleveland has left. Campbell is finally getting a chance to start at quarterback for the reeling Browns, who are turning to the veteran to settle things down and save a season thats beginning to spin out of control. cheap jerseys . Even if he is shooting 38 per cent from the field overall this season, the Utah Jazz rookie always feels like his final shot is going in.WINNIPEG -- Captain Andrew Ladd was the first to criticize himself after a 6-3 loss to Columbus on Saturday that had fans booing the Winnipeg Jets off the ice. "Ill take full responsibility for my play. I was awful tonight," Ladd said. "For a team struggling, probably looking for leaders, I wasnt very good so I need to be a lot better and I will be going forward." The loss put the Jets (19-23-5) on a season-high five-game losing streak after the Blue Jackets capitalized on Winnipeg mistakes and breakdowns -- some head coach Claude Noel said hed never seen this season. "Its not easy right now. I mean, its tough to stay positive," said Jets centre Bryan Little, who had a goal and assist. "Its kind of hurting everyones confidence right now. You know, the fans get on you. I mean, its not easy. Its a difficult time that were trying to get through." Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each scored twice as the Blue Jackets had four straight goals in the first nine minutes of the second period. Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno also scored, while Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves as Columbus (21-20-4) won its third straight game. "We believe in ourselves in here and we know when we play the way that we can, things will go our way and weve just got to keep focused on that," Jenner said. James Wisniewski and Derek MacKenzie each had a pair of assists for Columbus. Ondrej Pavelec faced 26 shots for Winnipeg, which also got goals from Eric ODell, his first NHL goal, and Toby Enstrom. "Right now, adversity is really the enemy and were not dealing with it very well, and were trying to deal with it," Noel said. "Theres going to be no easy way to get out of it." The second period was especially puzzling. "The game certainly unravelled in the second period on mistakes that were stuff that Ive never seen before," Noel said. Columbus head coach Todd Richards said he talked to his players after the disappointing opening 20 minutes. "Once we talked about things after the first period, obviously our focus and our attitude changed and we came out and started skating, pursuing pucks," Richards said. "We were willing to do the work, we werent waiting for our teammate to do the work. I think each guy took it upon themselves, that this is what I nneed to do. cheap nfl jerseys. . I need to skate and work." The Blue Jackets second-period barrage began with Letestus short-handed goal. Just nine seconds after Blue Jackets centre Brandon Dubinsky was called for holding 27 seconds into the period, MacKenzie and Letestu went on a 2-on-1 and Letestu deked and put a backhand shot past Pavelec. On that play, Noel noted there was an offensive-zone faceoff, his players decided to forecheck, didnt lock the centre and gave up a 2-on-1. "Weve never done that before. Weve never talked about that before. What is that? I dont know," Noel said. "Its not because they dont care. Lets make sure that thats clear. Theyre frustrated, too." When told of Ladds self-criticism, Noel said the captain places a lot of burden on himself, like leaders do, and hes got to try to help him. ODell scored at 4:32 of the first period during a goal-mouth scramble when he banged in the puck with a backhand while McElhinney was out near the edge of the crease. Recalled from the AHLs St. Johns IceCaps on Dec. 17, ODell was replacing Evander Kane (hand injury) on the Jets second line with centre Mark Scheifele and right-winger Michael Frolik. It was one of a number of roster changes for Winnipeg. Noel had big defenceman Dustin Byfuglien playing right-wing for the first time this season on the top line with Little and Ladd. That moved Blake Wheeler to the third line with centre Olli Jokinen and left-winger Devin Setoguchi. Noel said Byfuglien, who had an assist, played OK, and he liked that the fans cheered Byfuglien when he touched the puck early. Little said it was tough for the new line combinations to click because penalties shuffled players around, too. While hes faced adversity in his career, it was different in Atlanta than in Winnipeg. "Its definitely magnified when youre in Winnipeg," Little said. "Ive had some tough times in Atlanta where no one seems to care. No ones asking you questions, its not in the papers and people arent in the room after games. "So its definitely more pressure right now to get out of this." Notes -- The last time the Jets lost at least four in a row was late last season from March 28 to April 4, when they went 0-5-0 over that stretch a Letestus short-handed goal was the sixth one allowed by the Jets this season. ' ' '
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