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April 22, 2015 Updates

How important was it to you that Kerr was so respectful of Mark Jackson and all you guys had done and still were doing? -CURRY: It was important–I guess it would’ve been weird if he didn’t, because there’s no denying the foundation we built the last couple years under Mark and culture change that he was responsible for. I don’t think he could’ve handled it any other way. Especially to the guys that were so openly backing coach Jackson when the whole thing happened. So yeah, he handled it well. San Jose Mercury-News

Are there still some Mark Jackson in this team? Where would that be? -CURRY: That’s a tough question. I mean, we’re the same core guys that he had and the experiences that we went through the last two years are still with us. That’s basically it. He got us to a certain level in the playoffs and we tried to go a little further but we couldn’t get it done. But I think those experiences we went through will help us this year get over that hump. And that’s going to be a big deal. San Jose Mercury-News

April 21, 2015 Updates

Stephen Curry was sprinting through the Oracle Arena hallway into the Warriors locker room, so everybody had to move aside. Even Mark Jackson had to move. Maybe especially Mark Jackson. I didn’t see Curry make any gesture to Jackson or even slow down on his way through the locker room doors before Saturday’s Game 1, which Jackson worked for ABC. San Jose Mercury-News

I saw Jackson’s reaction, though: The former Warriors coach was startled at first, smiled quickly as Curry blew past him, and then walked away with a small shrug. These two men are still friends; Curry still credits Jackson for lifting the Warriors out of the muck; and in fact, Steve Kerr gained credibility with Curry by praising Jackson from the moment Kerr took the Warriors job. San Jose Mercury-News

And Kerr has allowed the Warriors leaders to keep remnants of Jackson’s tenure, including the “Just us!” chant at the end of every team huddle and the poster that remains in the locker room: “mUSt be jUSt about US”. Jackson, of course, never would’ve allowed a slogan from a previous administration in his locker room. But when Curry and others asked Kerr to keep some of these Jackson traces, Kerr quickly agreed. “I guess it would’ve been weird if he didn’t (let the players keep some traditions),” Curry said, “because there’s no denying the foundation we built the last couple years under Mark and culture change that he was responsible for. San Jose Mercury-News

April 20, 2015 Updates
April 19, 2015 Updates

Jackson did not hesitate to praise Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who replaced Jackson after he was fired last spring. Kerr inherited a 51-31 team and led them to a 67-15 season. "You have to give him a lot of credit," Jackson said. "He has done an outstanding job. In my opinion, the Coach of the Year. He has elevated this basketball team." Oakland Tribune

After making waves by previously backing Houston guard James Harden for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, he didn't make an endorsement Saturday. But Jackson did say that Warriors guard Stephen Curry "very well may be the MVP of this league." In the first quarter, Curry easily drove for a layup around 7-2 backup center Alexis Anjinca on a mismatch, prompting Jackson to say, "That's Steph Curry: incredible basketball player." Contra Costa Times

April 7, 2015 Updates

Comedian Chris Rock in a birthday video message to Mark Jackson joked about how the Warriors are playing better now that the race of the head coach is different. “I know what you’re thinking,” Rock said before starting to joke. “You watch the games, and you go, ‘Oh so now Steph Curry’s going to play defense for the white man. Couldn’t play it for the brother. Now he’s like Dennis Rodman.’ “Couldn’t do it for you. Yeah, everybody’s boxing out now. Couldn’t do it for a black man. Ooh, they play some defense for the white man, don’t they? Ooh, they play some good defense for the white man.” Contra Costa Times

April 3, 2015 Updates
April 2, 2015 Updates

Former Warriors coach and current ESPN color commentator Mark Jackson believes Rockets guard James Harden, not Warriors guard Stephen Curry, should be the 2015 NBA MVP. "If you twisted my arm today, I would probably vote for James Harden," Jackson told The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday. "He's single-handedly put that Houston Rockets team in the position they are in today. It would be tough." Sports Illustrated

March 30, 2015 Updates

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