LOS ANGELES -- In the moments after the Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Stephen Curry wouldn't go so far as to call the Warriors' season a success.
But Curry, whose All-Star year lifted the Warriors to 51 wins during the regular season, was clear in saying that he believed Mark Jackson "deserves to be our coach" and return next season.
"I love Coach more than anybody, and I think for him to be in a situation where his job is under scrutiny and under question is totally unfair," Curry said. "And it would definitely be a shock to me if anything like that were to happen.
"I'm going to voice my support for Coach."
And so began what could be an offseason of change for the Warriors, who have a decision to make on Jackson as he enters the final year of his contract.
Co-owner Joe Lacob last month declined to assess the job Jackson has done, pointing to a vote of confidence from general manager Bob Myers that was offered in the wake of a second assistant coach departing late in the season.
Lacob told this newspaper's Tim Kawakami in February that Jackson had done a "good job."
"But some things are a little disturbing -- the lack of being up for some of these games at home, that's a concern to me," Lacob said.
Jackson addressed questions about his job status throughout the season and postseason even as the Warriors racked up their most regular-season wins since 1991-92.
"What Coach has gone through this year has been unlike anything I've seen -- just the amount of distractions and the circus that's been around him and decisions he's had to make," Curry said. "We came into the season thinking this was a long-term situation, but obviously he's been having to answer these questions all year."
Curry's teammates, who have developed a chemistry that Jackson has said has them "tied together," also voiced support for their coach.
"I love him," guard Klay Thompson said. "I love playing for Coach Jackson. I hope he's back. He makes it so fun to go to work every day. I got so much better under his tutelage in three years. I don't know where I'd be if I didn't have him the last three years.
"We went from 47 wins to 51 wins. Hopefully, we go to 55, 60 next year and just keep getting better. I think we've got the group to do it."
Under Jackson, the Warriors became one of the NBA's top defensive teams. Even when the team lost injured center Andrew Bogut for the postseason, players fought hard -- some said it was for Jackson -- in the series against the No. 3-seeded Clippers.
"That's definitely what Coach has built, guys who are going to give max effort," forward Draymond Green said. "That's what he preaches every single day. And you fall in line, everybody. You just fall in line. If you have a great leader, you fall in line."
Jackson said he was confident his future would be fine even if that meant spending time as a full-time pastor, which isn't what his players want.
"His presence affects the entire team just from a respect level, from a spiritual level, making every guy a better man," forward Andre Iguodala said. "And those are the things you'll remember looking back on your career, not only how you grew as a basketball player but how you grew as a man. It's a very rare trait in a basketball coach."