After practice, President Rowell got “ambushed” by us media types. Here is the result. Let me know what you think of his answers.
What was behind the Pete D’Alessandro firing? (I’m assuming this was the question. I couldn’t hear)
It was a move that was made. It’s personnel move and really I don’t discuss those. I don’t discuss moves when they are made in the area of ticket sales and services, nor do I discuss them here (in this case).
Didn’t hear this question either …
From our perspective, we’ve still got a lot of work to be done. The team’s now 2-5. We’ve got to get work done between now and the end of the season to get better. That’s what Chris is focusing on. Contrary to popular belief and opinion, he and I are on the same page on pretty much everything.
Nor this one …
The assessment of the team is we’re 2-5 right now. I will assess it on our record. When it comes to evaluating our talent, those are questions you need to ask Chris and Don and Larry (Riley).
But you have final say (Yay! I heard one!)
I hired basketball guys to make basketball decisions, so I’m letting those guys do their job and make the talent decisions with respect to the roster and who our players are. I’ll get involved like I have got involved with terms and conditions and whether things fit in our budget, those types of things. But there’s a reason why I’ve got basketball guys running the basketball division
Why Larry Riley? (couldn’t hear this one too well)
He’s got over 20 years experience in the NBA. You add his experience with Chris Mullin’s experience with Don Nelson’s experience, I have faith that we can do nothing but make the team better and I’m looking forward to those guys all working together.
How does it make you feel that the perception is that you and Mully have beef?
I’m into what reality is, and reality is that we’re on the same page with respect to pretty much everything that we’re doing. And I think you should ask him the same question because I’m sure he’ll give you the same answer.
So no positive PR needed? No hugs in front of the cameras in the parking lot?
I think we’re all right.
Were you and Mully on the same page with the decision to fire Pete?
Again, it’s a personnel matter. I don’t make comments on decisions that we’re making. In most areas of business, when you make personnel decisions, you don’t necessarily comment on them publicly.
Nelson said he’s got to get comfortable with the fact that this team will struggle. Why do you think he’s the man to coach this team?
Starting the season, Don as 53 wins away from being the all-time winningest coach in the NBA. He’s expressed an interest to continue and wants to be part of the future here and wants to end his career here as coach of the Golden State Warriors. We felt that it was the right time and the right place and the perfect fit to do that. And also, knowing that we’re a younger team, we also wanted to give him a little peace of mind that it wasn’t all about picking up those 53 wins all in the first 53 games this season.
What does t mean that he would be here to set that record as a Warrior?
I think it’s more important that the team wins, obviously, than it is any personal and individual records. And I think Don will tell you the same thing. But I think it says something about him and his career that he’s able to finish it here.
Any update on Jax’s extension?
It’s in the works.
What’s the hold up?
I wouldn’t say there’s a hold-up for anything
So terms are agreed to?
I didn’t say that either. I said it’s in the works.
How far along in the process then?
Enough for you to be able to ask the question and me to tell you it’s in the works.
How is business?
Business right now it’s tough. It’s no different than it is for any other industry. And I think in ours, we offer entertainment and the ability for you to escape. We still have to create something that’s a little bit better than the other thing(s) to escape to. So we’ve got our work cut out there as far as being creative and creating an environment where people can come and relax and watch a game. But I do think business is tough. You can ask all the various sports teams and they’re all feeling it.
This is your first post-practice press conference in at least four years …
This wasn’t my idea. I was walking down to tell Raymond Ridder something and I just got ambushed by Miss Hu over here. Basically, I answered her question and you guys all turned your stuff on and moved on in.
Any symbolism to the fact that you’re seen as taking a larger role in the decision making process.
I’ve been president of this team. This is the sixth year that I’ve been the president of this team. I’m at practice all the time and I’m always around. So, it’s kind of a dumb question, but it’s OK.
What’s your mood about how things are going?
No one likes to be 2-5 to start a season, so I mean there’s obviously caution there because you want to start a little bit better than we’ve started. … I think we’ve got to get healthy. We’re missing three of our starters right now, our prohected starters coming into the season. And that’s not an excuse, we’ve just got to get healthy and we’ve got to see what we got.
Looking forward to the day all the off-court drama ends?
I want to focus on what needs to be done down here. That’s what the guys are focusing on right now is making this team better and that’s what they’re going to do, Chris, Larry and Don.
Why Larry Riley? Why not someone outside the organization who has worked in the front office more recently?
He’s not that far removed from working in the front office and I think his job and his focus is going to be player evaluation and also trying to find the right fit and pieces for what we’re doing. I think the fact that Don Nelson is our head coach and he and Larry have worked together for a long time, I don’t think it hurts to have someone who knows – along with Mully, who has a real great depth of experience with what makes Nellie tick as a coach and what he needs to coach.
You see this as Nellie having more influence?
The day we announced Don Nelson as head coach of the Golden State Warriors brought Don Nelson’s influence to the organization.