Warriors' Jarrett Jack making case for Sixth Man award

  • Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack (2) celebrates after making a 3-pointer against the New Orleans Hornets during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Measuring Jack's impact on the Warriors goes beyond points and assists. Coach Mark Jackson credits the reserve guard for teaching rookies and toughening veterans, and he's adamant that Jack should win the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award for putting the Warriors on a path to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND — One of the first times Jarrett Jack played organized basketball, every player on his team wanted to be in the starting lineup. So his youth coach posed a question.

"He said, 'Who wants to start?'" Jack said. "Obviously, 10 years old, all of us raise our hand. So he said, 'OK, what if I start you guys and 2 seconds into the game I take you all out, and I put those guys who were on the bench and didn't start and I let them play the rest of the game, how many of you still want to start?' And all of us were like, 'Dang.'

"That's kind of the thing I learned early on, starting wasn't the end all be all. You know what I mean? So that's never been the knock or the kick with me."

Especially now.

That lesson has served Jack well coming off the bench for the Golden State Warriors this season. The calm and cool guard has been perhaps the best offseason move by general manager Bob Myers, bringing a winning attitude and swagger to a team that had been searching for a new identity.

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