Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said Thursday that the organization’s decision to quickly hire Steve Kerr as the next head coach was “kind of a shock.”
“There’s no sugarcoating it – it was a weird, expedited situation that we didn’t see coming,” Curry said, via NBA.com. “And guys are human. You have to be able to adjust to it and have some time to respond. That’s kind of what happened. I think we’ll be fine once we have a clear picture of what’s going on next year.”
The Warriors fired Mark Jackson May 6 after a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances. The Warriors agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract with Kerr on May 14.
Curry, who had been Jackson’s strongest supporter, still believes the franchise is committed to winning.
“One thing I can say about this organization, they want to win,” Curry said. “Each decision is geared toward winning. That’s something that flies well with a lot of players – that they’re going to try to put us in the best position to win. Obviously, I had a certain opinion of Coach Jackson that they made a decision otherwise, and I heard the reasons, but I won’t dwell on it.
“As long as we’re focused on winning and taking advantage of the roster we have and the opportunity we have with this window to try to continue to get better, I’m just looking forward to next year and getting back to making that happen,” Curry said. “I haven’t lost faith in that at all. As much as I supported Coach Jackson and loved everything about playing for him, I think they’re about winning.”