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Stephen Curry, who is generating MVP conversation as the leader of a Warriors team off to a 17-2 start, on Monday issued what amounts to a warning to Warriors CEO Joe Lacob: Leave well enough alone.
The All-Star point guard addressed comments made by Lacob last Wednesday in which the co-owner disparaged former Warriors coach Mark Jackson – the man he fired in May despite Curry's very vocal support of Jackson.
Though Lacob offered an apology on Monday, saying he "used some poor judgment," the statements clearly annoyed Curry.
“I think it’s unfortunate, just (a) distraction from what is going on right now," Curry said to reporters in Minneapolis, where the Warriors face the Timberwolves Monday night. “Obviously, we’re playing well, and you can nitpick of what’s the difference between this year and last year, but you’re talking about two great coaches."
Curry's support of Jackson has not affected his belief in, or his trust of, new coach Steve Kerr, who has to the Warriors off to the best start in franchise history.
“I feel like Coach Kerr’s doing his job great, and Coach Jackson did his job the way he thought was right," Curry said. "And obviously, there was a lot of success with it.”
Lacob said last week, during a luncheon with venture capitalists, that Jackson was stubborn on the issue of hiring the best possible staff and that he was widely unpopular within the organization.
Curry's comments serve as a reminder that he recalls how much losing the Warriors did in the years before Jackson arrived and that he was displeased with the firing of the coach who had led the team to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in 22 years.