Friday, January 25, 2013
Updated: January 26, 10:33 AM ET
Mark Jackson upset over snub
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson still can't believe guard Stephen Curry was left off the Western Conference All-Star team.
"He is an All-Star," Jackson said before Friday night's game against the Chicago Bulls. "The thing I talk about is he stands for everything that's right. If you're a coach, he's the one guy you should vote for. I wish coaches had the luxury of watching this guy go about his business every day. I wish coaches had the luxury of watching this guy's energy, effort, enthusiasm, leadership ability today after being snubbed."
Curry was not one of the reserves who the Western Conference coaches selected Thursday to fill out the roster, but he was trying to take the snub in stride.
"I think I got more plug from not making it than if I would have," Curry said. "I'm sure you could say that, but I'm not really worried about it at all. (Thursday) I was anxious to see what would happen. I was hoping for the best, but we got one guy from our team in there (David Lee), so the Warriors are represented and we still got 41 games to play."
Curry appreciated the fact many players and coaches, including TNT analyst Charles Barkley, went out of their way to acknowledge his play.
"That was real fun to watch," Curry said of Barkley's indignation regarding the snub. "Just to see how animated he was and how much of a supporter he was that I should have been there, but I have heard a lot of notable figures come out and supporting the season that I've had up until this point, so that does mean a lot. That you have the respect of your peers and some legends that have laced them up, too."
Jackson said he wasn't concerned about how Curry would handle the situation. He was confident Curry would keep playing the same way. The former Davidson star entered Friday's game averaging 20.9 points, 6.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.
"I didn't have to talk to Steph Curry," Jackson said. "I talked to him because he's invested so much in this team and he's made me look like a good coach. I owed it to him to let him know how much I appreciated it even though other coaches don't. So I talked to him that way.
"The second thing is, I wouldn't want to coach him, or anybody else, if it was motivation that they didn't make the All-Star team. What makes him an All-Star is his approach remains the same today as it was yesterday. It would be sad and we wouldn't have been where we'd be able to be successful if you need an All-Star snub to motivate you to be great. He wants to be great, and it's not going to change."