Steph Curry recalls fighting “like hell” to keep Mark Jackson as Warriors coach

Steph Thinks About Fighting “Like Hell” To Save Jackson’s Job originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

At 34 years and 18 games in his 14th NBA season, Steph Curry has experienced almost everything the league has to offer.

And when he pauses to think about all of this, there are some things that stand out more than others — injuries, trades, and even conversations.

Curry can’t go into all the what-ifs and could-haves of his entire career, but a conversation with Bob Myers, the Warriors’ president of basketball operations and general manager eight years ago, proved crucial the current dynasty of Golden State – and the organization’s relationship with its star point guard.

“There’s a lot of luck in this league … you have to be aware of what’s going on to appreciate the real-time journey, because if you’re fighting it, sometimes you miss your window,” Curry said in “The Old Man and The Three” podcast.

“But there is also a lot of trust. Bob Myers in particular…the way he approached the job, the good decisions he made, and bringing Coach with him [Steve] Kerr in, which was a really turbulent conversation because I fought like hell against it.

During the 2013-14 NBA season, then-Warriors coach Mark Jackson led Golden State to the playoffs for the second straight season — the first time the franchise had back-to-back post-season appearances since 1992.

But the Warriors missed an NBA Finals appearance both times, and in May 2014, Jackson was fired. The team was better than when they arrived, but the organization was looking for a coach who could take them to the championship.

“Not [fighting] against Steve,” Curry said of his opposition to Jackson’s firing. “I didn’t want them firing Mark for anything.”

Of course, Kerr came in as the new Warriors coach for the 2014-15 season, and the rest is history.

“[Myers] loves the conversation we had at the end,” Curry continued. “It was like, ‘I trust you… This is what you think is right for the team, but don’t screw that up.’ And that’s one of his favorite lines.

“I told him not knowing who they were going to hire and all that to help us get to the next level. So Steve comes in and we win a championship.’

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There’s no denying the impact Jackson had in preparing the Warriors for a dynastic run, and Curry’s hesitance to let that go makes sense.

But four NBA championship rings later, things have certainly worked out better than Curry could ever have imagined.

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