Golden State Warriors

Jackson’s firing changes Curry’s mindset from Warrior-4-life to … well, let’s wait and see

Stephen Curry Warriors

I wasn’t able to attend Stephen Curry’s press conference today, although I caught the formal presentation of his KIA Community Assist Award on Warriors.com. It’s an honor Curry absolutely deserves, as he’s one of those rare professional athletes (or people, for that matter) who seems to do the right thing at all times.

At this point, Curry might start to expect the Warriors to do right by him. And the front office’s decision to fire Mark Jackson — a coach Curry repeatedly said he loved to play for — clearly stung.

Curry said all the right things in his post-award media session about playing hard for Kerr, although he did throw in a remark about it being a “semi-quick hire.” But it was the response (or non-response) to the following question that showed Curry is anything but blindly loyal to a franchise that completely ignored his preference to keep Jackson, the coach who was at the helm for the first winning seasons of Curry’s professional career.

Via Tim Kawakami, who posted the full Q&A:

-Q: You’ve mentioned many times over the last year that you want to be with this team over the long-term and you were counting down the days until you could sign your next extension here. Do you still feel that way about this organization? Do you still want to be here the rest of your career?

-CURRY: One thing I can say about this organization, they want to win. And they’re trying to figure out… each decision I think is geared towards winning. That’s something that flies well with a lot of players, they’re trying to put us in the best position to win.

Obviously I had a certain opinion of Coach Jackson that they made decision otherwise, and I heard the reasons. I won’t dwell on it, but as long as we’re focused on winning and taking advantage of the roster we have and the opportunity we have with this window to try to continue to get better, just looking forward to next year and making that happen.

I haven’t lost faith in that at all. As much as I supported Coach Jackson and loved everything about it when it came to playing for him, I think they’re about winning.

Sure, Curry said he hasn’t lost faith in the team’s desire to put a winning product on the court. But I’ve seen him answer many questions, and I can’t remember a time when he completely avoided answering a question like he did today when asked if he wanted to remain in Golden State for the rest of his career.

That doesn’t mean Curry is going to request a trade or anything of that nature, but it’s clear that something was fractured here. The Warriors can’t let their best player hold them hostage, and even a disgruntled Curry is going to cause less trouble behind the scenes than just about any other superstar. But the Warriors are going to need to monitor this situation closely, because it’s far more difficult to find and keep franchise-type talents than it is to sign a head coach who gets along with the owner.

21 Comments
21 comments
EricRMonroe
EricRMonroe

young man you have to move on Mark Jackson has

thewholetruth98
thewholetruth98

I've moved on & so has the success of the warriors * if you are a true warriors fan you should be tired of the same things happening no matter who owns the team it stays the same

SFF49JYP4L
SFF49JYP4L

Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Patrick Willis and many other Niners were pretty upset when they fired singletary.

If Kerr comes in and is able to achieve similar success, this will be forgotten fast. Then again, this is the NBA where whiny superstars run the show.

thewholetruth98
thewholetruth98

If the so called whiny superstars ran the show the owners would have kept jackson the owners want the players & coaches to sacrifice to win but they don't want to jackson is only gone because he doesn't kiss butt not from coaching

SFF49JYP4L
SFF49JYP4L

@thewholetruth98 Unless your winning title on title, you damn well better kiss the ass of the guy signing your paychecks. Even Phil Jackson couldn't get back on the Lakers because their owner didn't like him. He of the piles of NBA hardware couldn't get away with that forever. If he can't, there's no way in hell Jackson was going to keep getting away with his act. 


Funny how no teams seem to be rushing to scoop him up...

thewholetruth98
thewholetruth98

Whats funny is that the lakers hade there worse season ever so what exactly is your point. Thats whats wrong in america to many butt smoochers that stand for nothing & as a man how can you say it's ok to kiss butt that is not what a real man does

topcat353
topcat353

I said it before.  When Lacob said Steph was ok with Jackson being fired I questioned then why Lacob said it and not Steph. Now we know he lied because Steph was in Africa doing his charity work that he got the award for. If they trade Thompson for Love he's gone for sure. No matter what happens I will always be a Mark Jackson and Steph Curry fan. Lacob could have called Mark in and said something like "we got to work together" instead of having asst coaches spying on Mark. Then turning everybody against him. You gotta know the players saw Lacob setting Mark up.

ThirdNKing
ThirdNKing

hahahaha, stupid dodger/warrior owners


Curry will be a laker soon...he is so outta here

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Yeah, Curry probably will be gone. I hope not, but with the Jackson decision you would've thought with so many Warrior players being for him that Lacob would keep him at least until the end of his contract next season. If Curry leaves, that will be on Lacob. Lacob really needs to just get out of the way of things.

I really hope Curry doesn't leave. He's the first real star this team has has probably since Sprewell. I hope Curry won't be a Laker. That would be the death nail. If he goes to the Hornets (formerly the Bobcats) as some are anticipating, I could see that since he's from North Carolina, he is a Panthers fan, his Dad calls games for the team, and Curry still lives in the area in the offseason I think. If Curry ever does leave the Warriors, going to the Hornets would make sense.

Reading this article gets me even more upset at Lacob for firing Jackson. Next season will really tell a lot about this team and how committed they will be to play for Kerr after expressing how much they liked playing for Jackson.

dwthedj1
dwthedj1

Staph will be a Laker in 3 years. He will have the large market and a seat at the table. Lacob screwd the pooch on this one. As well as too many others at this point to me.

airon_aflic
airon_aflic

I thought i was the only person to catch that in his complete dodge of the question, but to be fair, Steph did answer the question, just depends on what answer you were looking for. He is ultimately about winning if another team can put him in a better situation when that day comes I'm sure he will listen. The owners "low balled" him on money, we all know that, so to think they will give Klay more money is definitely not going to sit well. I predict a  trade brewing up even if they cant get LOVE. The owners need to sit in the "SHIT" they created and own up to it. You want a winning team and championships, Then you need to put your money where your mouth is and pair him up with a couple hungry superstars this offseason. Trust me if this roster is the same by time the season starts, the owners will be all to blame and trust me they will get BOOED at all games.

Eggselent
Eggselent

Warriors front office is so dumb if they think firing Jackson won't have long term ramifications. Mark my words, the warriors franchise will NOT win as much with Kerr as they did with Jackson. And curry may leave eventually and I'm not sure I could blame him

thewholetruth98
thewholetruth98

Exactly how I feel im a huge warriors fan but realisticly we are a farm team always have been & always will be we just grow players & coaches trade them fire them & start over & I'm waiting for real warriors fans to wake up & stop going to games until they are really tryung to win

JesseJones2
JesseJones2

@thewholetruth98 See thats the difference between a "huge" fan and a real fan. Real fans support their team no matter what, will this decision back fire? Maybe. Will they go back to a losing team next year? No they have to much talent and are willing to spend to get more talent. Glad that you are a huge fan because you sure aren't a real/true fan. 

thewholetruth98
thewholetruth98

Then you say they won't be a losing team next year im not saying they will but it's a good chance we are in the western conference dude we won 51 & just sneaked in as the 6 seed if we had a bad week the last week of the season we would have been going home so don't act like we're a lock in the west pay attention& stop goin off ypur feelings & emotions the the warriors organization jesse jones class dismissed

JesseJones2
JesseJones2

@thewholetruth98 Where do you teach? Wherever it is I hope its not for the Economics, English or Speech departments. So lets start with the Economics part, shall we? So you called me a sucker and dumb when I spend my money to support a team when they are losing, ok got it.  So when people stop going to games, buying jerseys, hat and so on they are smart. Now it makes total sense, the team is losing so take money away from ownership when they need it most. When a team is losing one of the quickest way to turn that around is to get a highly paid superstar into town. You cant do that because they don't have the income from all the above sales to get that Superstar, or even keep existing superstars. It pretty basic economics. If no one is there to support the teams when they suck how are they going to get better? On a side note, how do you feel about bandwagon fans? The only reason why I ask is because isn't the definition of a bandwagon fan "someone who only supports their team when the going is good (i.e. winning). Hmmm sounds like someone on this post. Ok on to the English part. In the english language we use a period to show the end of a sentence or complete thought. Are you still writing a comment, because you never used a period. Today while in the teachers lounge Google "periods and how to you them". It will make it so, when people try to read your comments they can make it all the way through, because honestly I could read the whole thing. Sorry! Now on to the debate portion. Its a general rule of thumb that in a discussion the first person to result to personal attacks and name calling is the one that is losing the argument. Just saying this for future reference. Then again you know this because you are a teacher. You told me to pay attention and stop going off emotion and pay attention. I am a sports fan, I get emotional and passionate. Thats why I love sports so much, clearly you don't feel the same way. I was giving my opinion on a something. If you don't want to read someones opinion maybe you should stay of the internet. Also congrats on being 31, I'm 36 I don't really know what that has to do with anything, but good job! I would say I will be awaiting your reply but it will probably be just more personal attacks on my and my intelligence and because of that I will pass. Nothing I haven't heard before and nothing I won't hear again. 

thewholetruth98
thewholetruth98

Glad to see it's still suckers who will spend their money & be bamboozled how long have you been a warriors fan im 31 & I notice when the warriors start to win they break it down & rebuild it & I'm a real fan just not dumb like you when they intervied lacob & asked him how do you fire a coach that won 51 games he said we're not going in that direction now what do you get from that answer point is pretty soon it will be a whole new team on the floor & we will be watching our past players in the playoffs & we will be at home every team in the playoffs right now has an ex warrior spurs bellineli thunder Fisher miami tony douglas pacers cj watson now do you get my point son we are a farm team

thewholetruth98
thewholetruth98

Well this isn't english class I don't need periods & I wasn't attacking you I just don't agree with your logic & yes I'm 31 & have played & loved watching basketball since age 5 & from the warriors organization all I have seen has been bad trades bad firing of coaches I mean we got rid of wilt chamberlin when he averaged 54 points we also had pop as a coach before the spurs I've never been a bandwagon fan I grew up a few blocks from oracle all Oakland teams have my love & support but it's to the point where us as the paying fans are getting screwed & people like you can't see it & you obviously read the whole comment because you broke everything down that I said & my words are not misspelled so try again if you were a real warriors fan you would be sick of this nonsense as well so I guess myself & all the warriors fans who booed the owners after the monta trade feel the same way

thewholetruth98
thewholetruth98

I forgot to mention no superstars are coming here once jackson got fired & as far as supporting the team I went to three games this past season but I won't continue to buy tickets if the owners intend on losing the oracle sales out every game so they have money but be honest with me what top free agent do you see signing with us I'm not on here to bash you just stating facts if your 36 that means you seen exactly what I have no matter who owns the team they all do the same thing & thats a fact not opinion just tring to open your eyes & see behind the smoke screen the owners are putting up regardless what the owners do I'm still a die hard warrior but my money will stay in my pocket & I'll watch the game on comcast sports channel I'm just not in the business of making billionaires richer & they have no intentions of winning

thewholetruth98
thewholetruth98

Since were talking english class you said google periods how to you them what does that mean???? Then you said honestly I could read the whole thing I knew what you meant to write just like withput periods you knew what I was saying so before you give a lesson on english go over your comment & edit it here's one for you PERIOD

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