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Lee, Curry want Jackson to remain Warriors’ coach

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POSTED May 6, 2014 1:55 a.m.

OAKLAND (AP) — As co-captains and team leaders, Stephen Curry and David Lee carry the loudest voices in the Golden State Warriors locker room, which is why what they said Monday is significant.

Curry and Lee sent a clear message to co-owner Joe Lacob and team management, saying players want Mark Jackson back as coach and an end to all the uncertainty that surrounded him this season.

“I’ve said pretty much all I can say about how I feel about Coach, and they know how I feel,” Curry said. “And I’m sure with exit interviews and however they go about making decisions — if they have any decisions to make — I’m sure we’ll be in the loop. But at this point, conversations will be had and I’ll continue to express my feelings and that’s all I can do at this point. It’s unfortunate that a 50-win team that we’re in the position where these questions are being asked.”

Lee echoed Curry’s sentiments.

“I’ve said it all year that he has my support,” Lee said. “Who knows if there’s even a decision to be made? Who knows if we’re going to even be asked about it? But we’ve made it clear we’re in support (of Jackson) if and when we’re asked.”

For a franchise enjoying its best two-season stretch in 20 years, the Warriors have been dealing with distractions involving Jackson and his staff since last summer.

The pressure on Jackson began when the Warriors decided to pick up his contract option for the 2014-15 season instead of negotiating a long-term deal as he had wanted. Management also encouraged Jackson — who has been allowed to choose his staff — to hire a strong tactician after top assistant Michael Malone left for the Sacramento Kings.

Jackson promoted Pete Myers and other assistants and hired Lindsey Hunter and Brian Scalabrine. And while reports of rifts within the team surfaced on occasion, dismissing two assistants in a 12-day stretch before the playoffs perpetuated the idea that Jackson has led an environment of dysfunction.

Lacob, who bought the franchise in 2010 along with Peter Guber, has yet to publicly support Jackson beyond this season. 

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