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Stephen Curry says firing of Warriors coach Mark Jackson was ‘hard to deal with’ (VIDEO)

Aug 22, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

When Mark Jackson was fired as Warriors head coach shortly following the end of the season, it was only partially due to basketball reasons.

Golden State didn’t necessarily underachieve during his reign, and in fact, Jackson deserves some credit for changing the culture of the team to that with a winning mindset. But clashes with management and assistant coaches ultimately sealed his fate.

The players, though, were all-in on Jackson’s motivational style — and Stephen Curry still seems as though he’s not too happy with the team’s decision to let Jackson go.

Speaking at an event in New York this week to promote the latest release of NBA2K, Curry admits that Jackson’s firing was hard to deal with – – and appears to be a little bit bummed about the fact that Jackson will no longer be his head coach.

  1. sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:18 PM


    This is part of the business side of the game…

    Plus, your father was an NBA player too, for a long time and a pretty good player. You should have known more about the business side before you got into the NBA than the average player.

    I’ve lost many good folks I’ve worked with over the years, many good bosses, mentors etc… when they were fired, transferred, promoted, took a new job or retired…

    So has everyone else on here and it will happen to you AGAIN Steph… gotta accept it and move on…

    We get and know you didn’t like it… now man up and be a professional…

    • money2long - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      You sound detached from reality.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:12 PM


        How many coaches get fired each season? Year after year after year…

        How many times do we hear multiple stories of players whining and crying about their coach who got fired?

        Coaches get fired all the time… and there are up to 15 players on each team when the coach is fired.

        Yet I don’t remember a whine fest from others like Steph has been doing.

        Yeah, Steph can ball and ball really well. But his dad played pro ball. I’m sure his dad’s coach got canned at least once when he played pro ball.

        Dad’s talk to sons about things. Steph should have known this stuff before ever playing in the NBA.

        and today, jeez he can text his mentor Mark Jackson while he sits and takes a dump…

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM


        There’s no crying in baseball…

        Guess there is crying in basketball…

    • imakcds - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      his ultimate thoughts WERE about maintaining professionalism, but you seem to have missed that, for whatever reason

    • urodaddy07 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Why do you think he hasn’t?

  2. imakcds - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Does anybody see the paradox here?
    Yes, it’s a business, professional conduct is required, continue to do the job….
    but the ‘job’ is a game in which emotions greatly affect performance, and by making it just a job, your TEAM will suffer. Don’t know of many championship teams that didn’t have a ton of heart.
    Personally, I think Kerr is going to have a rough season, mostly in developing a trusting relationship with the players.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      MJ had killer instinct and an unreal will to win…

      he wasn’t lovey dovey…

      hell, he punched Kerr in the face during practice.

      There is no crying in baseball…

      guess there is in basketball though…

  3. csbanter - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    It’s obvious Curry liked Jackson alot nothing wrong with that. It’s going to be interesting to see how Kerr and Curry mesh.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      if they are both professionals, they’ll be fine…

      if one or both isn’t, there will be problems…

      professionals jump in and work together to make things right and go as well as possible.

  4. campcouch - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Wow, Jackson must have had a real impact on this guy. He’s still lamenting his dismissal. You don’t find many professional coach/player relationships where the guys are visibly upset about a coach leaving for so long. GS may have blown an opportunity to grow a core beyond X’s and O’s. Curry didn’t get paid due to the concern over his ankles, fired a loved coach, tried to trade his backcourt mate…he even spoke of playing for the Hornets under the right conditions. Be careful Warriors, MJ will keep building Charlotte up, may hire Jackson in 2017 and make a run at Curry.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM


      you just said what I tried to in a much better way…

      that was my whole point. we DON’T see other players act like this after their coaches are fired.

      coaches get canned all the time and there are up to 15 players on each team where a coach is fired.

      he keeps on with this, that was my point.

      • urodaddy07 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        Think you guys might be reading too much into this. I’m sure his comments were in response to a specific question. Its not like he just started to bemoan the loss of his coach out of the blue.

  5. jayrandle - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Stephen Curry…
    That white boy can shoot…oh wait!
    That light skin…high yellow boy can shoot…oh wait!
    Never mind…
    Kevin Durant

  6. jetnotjets - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Why didn’t my post ever show up on the site?

    • Lujah - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      My comment is missing as well.

      • Lujah - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        Now I can see my earlier comment when I logged in. The comments with names in red seem to show while comments with names in black are invisible for some reason.

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