OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry and David Lee are the Warriors with the longest tenure, and both players re-emphasized Monday that they will back embattled coach Mark Jackson if asked to do so.
"I've said it all year, he has my support," Lee said, adding that the team's culture has improved significantly since he arrived in 2010. "It'd be strange to see a main part of that not be here."
On a day when Warriors players were scheduled for exit interviews, Curry continued to make his voice heard through the media on the idea that Jackson's status should not be in question.
"If they have any decisions to make, I'm sure we'll be in the loop," Curry said. "But at this point, conversations will be had, and I'll continue to express my feelings, and that's all I can do.
"It's unfortunate a 50 (plus)-win team (is) in this predicament, and there's these questions being asked and all that.
"If something were to happen, I'd have to adjust and understand the new situation, but right now, there's no need to take my mind there. It's kind of polluting it if Coach Jackson is back next year leading us with any other thoughts going in my head."
The players were happy with the team's progress after going to the playoffs for a second straight year for the first time since 1992. The Warriors won only 23 games in Jackson's first year and have improved every year since.
"I remember when I got here four years ago, the thought of having a playoff team, it was something that was a ways off," Lee said.
Said Curry: "We're setting ourselves up for consistent success. We're trying to be a perennial playoff team, and this is another step in that direction. You've got to stay hungry, though. That's the key over this summer is to continue to work."
The Warriors were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs after going to Game 7 with the Los Angeles Clippers, and Curry said he would spend part of his offseason watching film of the decision-making mistakes he made.
"It kind of eats away at me two games you have high turnovers and you still have a chance to win," Curry said. "Had we been a little bit smarter with the ball, what would have happened? I didn't sleep well after those games with that feeling."
"Guys in our locker room heard some chatter while Coach (Jackson) was trying to talk," Curry said. "Obviously, we were still dealing with the emotions of the game. We heard something we didn't like and reacted in a somewhat peaceful manner. It wasn't anything physical, punches thrown or nothing like that. It was trying to figure out what was going on."
Said Lee: "Were there some words exchanged? Absolutely. But I don't think it's anything to still be talked about right now."
"You want to have a huge impact on that team," Curry said.