Any hopes the Warriors might have had for a drama-free start to the season were put to rest at Monday's media day.
Stephen Jackson stuck by his comments about no longer wanting to play for the Warriors, a statement he first made this summer at a block party in New York.
Minutes later, Monta Ellis said he doesn't think he and rookie point guard Stephen Curry can play together in the backcourt, despite coach Don Nelson saying he would give that combination a long, hard look.
So much for peace and harmony.
"What I said is how I feel. Point blank," Jackson said. "And that's not going to change."
Ellis then threw cold water on the prospect of being paired with Curry.
"(Management) says we can, but we can't," Ellis said. "I just want to win. We're not going to win that way. ... It's different when you're trying to compare me and Stephen (Curry), when you're trying to go back to when me and BD (Baron Davis) were playing, it's a different situation. You've got a veteran who's been in the game, who understands the game, knows how to play the game, and he's a big body.
"You can't put two small guys out there and try to play (point guard) and (shooting guard) when you've got big (shooting) guards in the league. You just can't do it. OK, yes, we're going to move up and down fast, but eventually the game is going to slow down. You can't do it."
Jackson, who is a team captain along with Ellis and Andris Biedrins and is on the books for four years and $34 million entering this season, declined to repeat his desire to leave (to avoid another $25,000 fine from the NBA). But he did explain why he's ready to jump ship: He has concerns about the Warriors' commitment to winning.
"We've been taking steps backs since that year we beat Dallas (2007 playoffs)," Jackson said. "I don't think we've been making progress. Everybody's entitled to their own opinion, and that's my opinion. I'm not always right. I'm not trying to be right. I'm just speaking my mind on how I feel and how much I have passion for this game and I want to win."
Jackson said his desire to leave won't affect his performance. And his teammates and Nelson said they believe him.
But with the Warriors going to the youth movement, one can only wonder about the message it sends when a team captain who just signed a contract extension a year ago wants out.
It also stands to reason that it doesn't help to have the franchise player and another team captain shooting down the coach's plan before camp begins.
Ellis said he has no negative feelings about the drafting of Curry and that he doesn't feel as if his job or his minutes are in jeopardy "at all."
Curry, drafted No. 7 overall, has been touted by members of management as the point guard of their dreams. Nelson, who is notorious for his rigorous grooming of rookies, said he will give Curry a look at starting point guard during training camp. Before the draft, Nelson said Ellis was the starting point guard.
Monday's events have created a buzz heading into training camp, which begins today. What happens when Nelson pairs Curry and Ellis in the backcourt? Will the Warriors appease Jackson and ship him? Perhaps more important, what happens if they don't.
Biedrins can't remember the last time all was right in the Warriors world.
"I don't know. That's a good question. I have to think about it," Biedrins said. "It is like it is. We just have to concentrate on playing basketball."