Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry responded to remarks owner Joe Lacob made about former head coach Mark Jackson, calling them a "distraction" while also accepting Lacob's public apology.
At a venture capitalists luncheon in Menlo Park, Calif., last week, Lacob said he fired Jackson after last season because Jackson refused to hire the best possible assistant coaching staff. Lacob also asserted that Jackson "couldn't get along with anybody else in the organization."
Lacob apologized for the comments on Sunday in an email to the Bay Area News Group, saying he "used some poor judgement" and was sorry for "any unintended harm."
On Monday, Curry discussed Lacob's comments.
“I think it’s unfortunate, just the distraction from what is going on right now,” Curry said, according to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group. “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
“I feel like Coach Kerr’s doing his job great, and Coach Jackson did his job the way he thought was right. And obviously, there was a lot of success with it.”
Curry backed Jackson throughout his coaching tenure with the Warriors until the coach was fired in May following Golden State's defeat in the first round of the playoffs. The Warriors then hired Steve Kerr, and have started this season 17-2, the best record in the NBA.
Curry is averaging 23.2 points and 7.7 assists per game, both sixth in the league. The sixth-year veteran is also pulling down 5.1 rebounds per game, nearly one per game above his career average.
- MIke Fiammetta