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Winning over the royal son of the franchise, cornerstone Stephen Curry, was an important first step. Curry was close with former coach Mark Jackson, and the Warriors’ superstar was vocally unhappy when Jackson was fired. “It was two separate decisions that were made this summer,” Curry told FOX Sports after the Warriors' recent win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I wasn’t happy with the first one, letting Mark go. But obviously if that was the decision they made, they better get the right hire, and I think they did. Obviously, it’s shown with how we’re playing. “He’s the right man for the job.” FoxSports.com

“He’s been great,” Curry said. “He’s very comfortable in his role. He started this summer with reaching out to every player and expressing what their role was going to be and how he envisioned running the team. That he wasn’t coming in trying to reinvent the wheel with drastic changes because we were already a 51-win team with pretty much the same core back in action and great talent around us. “He understood he was taking over a solid roster. We could get better; obviously, we didn’t win a championship. But we were very competitive and laid a foundation for success. It wasn’t that he was building from the ground up. It was just about fine tuning what he saw we could do better.” FoxSports.com

Asked how the new coaching staff fits in with this locker room, Green lumped them right in. “It’s a great coaching staff. Easy to get along with. Easy to accept coaching from. Easy to accept criticism from. They do a great job. They’re fun guys, not uptight. Not that our last coaching staff was uptight either. They do their job, and we have fun together. It’s a good combination.” FoxSports.com

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“It definitely helped being a GM, seeing the other side of it from being a player,” Kerr said. “You’re trying to figure out the pieces fitting and also seeing up close the daily ritual the team and coaches have. You feel it as a player, but it is different as a GM and now as a coach.” Kerr once worked televised games with Flip Saunders. Now they’re working opposing NBA sidelines. “You could tell there was no question he had a mind to be a really good coach and that was something he was going to eventually veer toward,” Saunders said. “It was just a matter of his kids growing up a little bit.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Pete Carroll: It’s a big endeavor. It’s not just coaching X’s and O’s, and getting guys going, it’s trying to help people find their way at being the best they can be. And when you do that, we’ve created an atmosphere and a culture to kind of raise our guys in and support them, that needs a lot of flexibility and a lot of care and understanding and stuff, as well as the hard work and the push. So we try to mix all of that together. It made sense to Steve on some levels, and I was mostly just supporting him to be himself, find his voice and be the way he felt strongest and most confident, and that would be his best way. So whatever he’s done, it’s working out great. San Jose Mercury-News

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr, informed of Barkley's "one big man away" comments following Monday's victory at Minnesota, took the criticisms in good humor. "First of all, knowing Charles' history with prognostications, that makes me feel great," Kerr said with a chuckle. "I feel better about our chances now if Charles said we are going to lose. "But as far as not being a low-post team, he's right," Kerr added. "We get a little bit of low-post scoring from Bogues. I'm really looking forward to getting David Lee back because he's our best low-post player and I think he'll provide some of that. But look, the strength of our team is our backcourt and our defense. That's who we are." Contra Costa Times

Golden State arrived at Target Center on Monday with a 17-2 record and a franchise-record winning streak that had reached 12 games, which was the NBA’s best record and best season start in team history. So did the Warriors do right when they refused to trade young shooting guard Klay Thompson to the Timberwolves last summer in a deal that would have brought them Kevin Love? “Apparently,” Warriors new coach Steve Kerr said slyly. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The Warriors in October signed Thompson to a max contract extension, four months after they passed on Love to keep Thompson and Stephen Curry together on a team that reached the playoffs the past two seasons by winning 47 and 51 games. “These kinds of discussions happen all the time in the NBA, the difference now is they’re always public,” Kerr said about a trade on the verge of happening around draft time until the Warriors backed away. “You can’t have private discussions about anything. For me as a new coach, what I saw was maybe the best backcourt in the NBA and a chance to keep the group together. That’s pretty powerful, especially when you know you’re already pretty good.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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