Stephen Curry is an emotional ‘tweener right now. It comes through in his tone. He’s excited about new coach Steve Kerr but also still frustrated by the firing of Mark Jackson. He’s encouraged by the prospects of a fresh start under a new regime but still bummed out by the manner the last one just ended. He’s empowered by the task of leading this team through it all, yet feeling a bit marginalized as a player in the NBA machine. “It’s difficult, but it’s good to know what the next direction is,” said Curry, who hasn’t spoken publicly since Jackson was fired. “It’s still kind of stressful knowing how it all went down.” First things first: Curry does like Kerr. If he had to have another coach, which management concluded he did, he likes the prospects of it being Kerr. And he really liked how Kerr called him to talk before the news broke. Curry had just returned from a family vacation in Mexico and their conversation went a long way for the star point guard. Curry said he and Kerr have further plans to talk about the new system and get to know each other better. But Curry also said he already has a good relationship with Kerr and is convinced the incoming philosophies and connections will help them win. And he doesn’t see Kerr having a problem meshing with the guys in the locker room. “I just want to see him build that relationship with the players,” Curry said. “To be able to get the most out of us. To challenge us. Pushing us to a higher level. And I don’t think he’ll have a problem with that. We’re in good hands. I’m not worried about that. He just has to develop his coaching style. I agree with the decision (to hire Kerr).” But moving forward isn’t quite so easy. Curry said the emotions of watching his coach — the guy he most credits for improving his Warriors tenure — get canned and being helpless to stop it have yet to subside. You have to remember, Curry came to the Warriors in the midst of dysfunction. His early years were shaped by Don Nelson and Robert Rowell. Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis. Three coaches and 145 losses his first three seasons. For him, Jackson embodied winning, stability, a change in the culture he involuntarily inherited. Curry said he noticed the strides Jackson made offensively and felt like his coach would continue growing with the team.
Stephen Curry talks Steve Kerr, Mark Jackson
San Jose Mercury News | May 15