OAKLAND -- A day after Mark Jackson's actions were questioned regarding the demotion of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, the Warriors' best player, Stephen Curry, came to the defense of his embattled coach.

Curry said that he and the entire team supported Jackson's decision to exile Scalabrine, even if the particulars for the move were not fully spelled out to the players in a team meeting about it.

"Obviously, we didn't know the ins and outs of what happened and what the details were," Curry said Wednesday. "That's not our place to know. Our job is to go out and play basketball, win games, and that's what we're focused on. When it comes to being united, our team is as strong as it's ever been, and regardless of what's being said, we're all together, and we back Coach Jackson 100 percent because his track record has been pretty solid since he's been here."

Curry said that when Jackson explained the Scalabrine decision, it was fairly clear that it was the result of a difference of opinion that may not have remained behind closed doors.

"The reasoning we got yesterday was what Coach said, that he expects his staff to be tight," he said. "Everybody can have different opinions, but he expects them to be tied together when they leave the room. If that isn't the case, he's got to make a decision. What happened beyond that, I don't know, but that's a good enough message for me, and we can move on."

Independent of the controversy, Curry said Jackson was a primary reason the Warriors had elevated their status the past two seasons and added that he loves playing for him.

"The transformation we've had since Coach Jackson has been here is obviously evident, and it's raised the expectations," he said. "We're on pace for the best record in 20 years. That's a sign of good change. I understand what he's done for us being in the locker room every single day just observing from my rookie year to now. Mostly all of that is because of him. So what people say, what criticism he takes, I know he takes it on the chin and it doesn't waver his confidence about leading us. That's what I admire most about him."

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports wrote of "an increasingly dysfunctional atmosphere" in his report of Scalabrine's reassignment.

Jackson, told of Curry's complimentary comments, joked about them at first.

"He's dysfunctional," Jackson said. "According to (Grantland writer) Bill Simmons and Wojnarowski, he doesn't know what he's talking about. In all seriousness, I don't expect anything less. He's a guy I have tremendous love and appreciation for."

Jackson refused to elaborate on the Scalabrine decision. He also disputed reports that he was interested in other jobs and that he went weeks last season without speaking to his lead assistant Michael Malone, now head coach of Sacramento Kings. Malone also denied that.

"I will say this: I had two great years in Golden State," Malone told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "And the one thing that has been reported that I would contradict is that Mark Jackson and I still have a relationship. We still speak. We never went weeks without speaking to each other, and it wasn't just a conversation of, 'Hey, how you doing?' We spoke as an assistant coach and a head coach. He hired me to help him, and that's what I did in my two years there."

"I'm not going to comment on everything, but Mike Malone commented and said his part was a lie," Jackson said. "So there you have that. It's poor reporting by Wojnarowski if he knew this to hold onto it until yesterday. That's blockbuster stuff. So it's not true, none of it is true. This is my job, and I'm thrilled to death to be head coach of the Golden State Warriors."

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