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

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

Steph reflects on fighting “like hell” to save Jackson’s job originally appeared NBC Sports Bay Area

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

And when you stop to think about it all, there are some things that stand out more than others: injuries, trades and even conversations.

Curry can’t dwell on all the what ifs and what could have been throughout his career, but a chat with warriors president of basketball operations and CEO Bob Myers Eight years ago he proved pivotal to Golden State’s current dynasty and the organization’s relationship with its star point guard.

“There’s a lot of fortune in this league … you have to be aware of what’s going on to appreciate the journey in real time, because if you struggle, sometimes you miss your window,” Curry said in “The old man and the three” podcast.

“But then, there’s also a lot of confidence. Specifically, Bob Myers … the way he’s approached the job, the good decisions he’s made and the coach. [Steve] Kerr, which was a very tumultuous conversation, situation, because I was struggling like hell.”

During the 2013-14 NBA season, then-Warriors coach Mark Jackson led Golden State to the playoffs for the second consecutive season, the first time the franchise had made subsequent postseason appearances since 1992.

But the Warriors fell short of an NBA Finals appearance both times, and in May 2014, Jackson was fired. The team was better than when he arrived, but the organization was looking for a coach to push them to the championship.

“No [fighting] against Steve,” Curry said of his opposition to Jackson’s firing. “I didn’t want Mark fired for anything.”

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

“[Myers] he loves the conversation we ended up having,” Curry continued. “He was like, ‘I’m going to trust you. … This is what you think is right for the team, but don’t screw it up.’ And this is 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 on the Warriors’ preparation for a dynastic careerand Curry’s reluctance to let it go makes sense.

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

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