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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has spoken out on owner Joe Lacob’s recent criticism of former coach Mark Jackson.
The Warriors are currently on a franchise-record 12-game winning streak and lead the way in the Western Conference with a 17-2 record, but they were in the headlines for negative reasons this week as Lacob criticised Jackson for his inability to get along with others within the organisation during his spell in Oakland.
Jackson was fired at the end of last season after a first-round playoff exit and rookie coach Steve Kerr has stepped in and performed impressively in his first few months in charge.
However, Curry believes that although Lacob’s apology was significant, there was no need to discuss Jackson in a negative light as it only serves as a distraction to what the Warriors are looking to achieve this year.
“I think it’s unfortunate, just the distraction from what is going on right now. 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 [in Jackson and current coach Steve Kerr],” Curry said.
“For him to apologize is a big gesture.
“My whole thing is not to discredit anything Coach Jackson did because he was such a great coach for us and elevated a lot of our individual games, and I’m proud of that and appreciate that. And obviously it’s a new era, a new experience that we’re in right now, and we’re enjoying it.”
Kerr has coached Golden State to a 17-2 record and a league-best 10-1 road mark in his first season in the league. The Warriors are the only team with two guards averaging at least 20 points as Curry ranks in the top 10 in scoring at 23.2, while Klay Thompson is in the top 15 with 21.2.