Stephen Curry was the biggest supporter of head coach Mark Jackson publicly before his dismissal on Tuesday, leading some to wonder how the Golden State Warriors star would respond.
Well, he responded via a bland statement, which is hardly surprising. Here's the statement, via NBC Bay Area:
Over the last three years, Coach Jackson has challenged me as a player and person. His experience and guidance has helped each of us grow in this league.
Can't thank him enough for all he did for me. I wish him all the best as he transitions to the next chapter.
Earlier reports had indicated that Curry was not alone in his potential displeasure with Jackson's removal, as players were not kept in the loop as the process played out.
However, according to the Mercury News' Fast Break blog, that sentiment would hardly be unanimous:
Jackson carefully cultivated the image that he was loved by his players. For many, that’s undoubtedly the truth. Curry couldn’t have been more vocal in supporting him and others have weighed in after his departure. But according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation, not everyone felt the same way, with roughly half the locker room ambivalent or worse in their views on Jackson.
That same article highlights more criticism of Jackson, though most of it has been touched on in the storyline below.
The organization is obviously looking to move forward quickly, which entails looking for a replacement - Steve Kerr is rumored - and removing any traces of the previous regime.