Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry admitted owner Joe Lacob's criticism of former coach Mark Jackson has been a distraction.
Lacob opened up about Jackson - who was sacked by the Warriors after three seasons in May - claiming the 49-year-old could not get along with anybody in the Golden State franchise.
The Warriors owner, who later apologised for his remarks, was also scathing of Jackson's reluctance to hire the best assistant coaches that money can buy.
For NBA All-Star Curry, the whole situation is an unwanted distraction to coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors, who are on a franchise-record 12-game winning streak.
"I think it's unfortunate, just the distraction from what is going on right now," Curry told reporters on Monday.
"Obviously, we're playing well, and you can nitpick of what's the difference between this year and last year, but you're talking about two great coaches [Jackson and Kerr]."
Curry, who is averaging 25.5 points and 8.5 assists per game this season, added: "My whole thing is not to discredit anything coach Jackson did because he was such a great coach for us and elevated a lot of our individual games, and I'm proud of that and appreciate that.
"And obviously it's a new era, a new experience that we're in right now, and we're enjoying it."