David Lee’s Elbow has “Turned the Corner” for the Better; Return Unlikely Before Late Next Week


By Marcus Thompson II

After his second surgery to clean out his infected elbow, Warriors forward David Lee has finally “turned the corner” and is headed to full recovery.
That is according to Warriors general manager Larry Riley and the doctor who performed the second surgery. Lee is resting at Stanford Hospital after a follow-up surgery to cleanse the infected area. He is likely to be out at least another 10 days.
“I’m totally comfortable with the situation,” Riley said. “He’s getting excellent care and this thing will be resolved.”
Lee will remain at Stanford Hospital for the next couple days as they are feeding him antibiotics intravenously. He will still be on an antibiotic regimen when he is released and will be required to rest. The wound has to be closed and the infection will have to be completely eradicated before Lee can return to action. Even when he checks out, Lee will be continuously monitored and will have to be evaluated again at Stanford before he is cleared.

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Lacob and Guber Talking Big; Bobby Rowell Sticking Around; Overrated Gumbo

A few things stood out to me at the luncheon today to introduce the Warriors’ new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.

But first, let me get something off my chest. I WAS NOT impressed with the gumbo appetizer. I am only mentioning it because the Chef hyped it up, talking about how he’s so good at making gumbo. You all can imagine I know something about good gumbo. And what I had today was not all that. First off, I’m not sure gumbo without seafood is gumbo at all. You gotta have shrimp, or crab, or crawfish, or something. Throw some sardines in there if you have to.

That was a joke.

I am never the one to complain about free food. That’s always a blessing. Eating quality food is a luxury most can’t enjoy, and one I haven’t always been able to enjoy. But, with that said, if you’re going to hype up your gumbo, you had better deliver! LOL. … 

Anyway. Click here to read the full transcript from Lacob’s presser today, courtesy of TK. On to other noteworthy items I discovered at today’s luncheon …

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NBA Announces Unanimous Approval of Joe Lacob and Peter Guber as owners of the Warriors

The league has confirmed what we previously reported – the sale is done. Here are the releases from the Warriors and the NBA.

Warriors release:


Duo to Serve As Lead Partners of GSW Sports LLC, New Ownership Group of Bay Area NBA Team

OAKLAND, CA – The sale of the Golden State Warriors to an ownership group headed by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber was formally completed today, the team announced. GSW Sports LLC, a group of six board members and multiple investors, headed by Lacob and Guber, have officially assumed full control of the NBA organization.

“This announcement has been much-anticipated,” said Lacob. “Now that the process is officially complete, I am incredibly anxious and excited to take the helm of the Golden State Warriors organization. It’s a great day for me and my family, and a great day for Warriors fans. The unmatched passion of this Bay Area fan base played a huge role in my pursuit of this dream come true, and I’m looking forward to a tremendous ride on our journey to the return to greatness. We will work extremely hard to represent you as the championship organization that you deserve, and the team that you will be proud to be a part of.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for new ownership, the Warriors franchise and its great fans,” Guber said. “I’m convinced that we have formed a passionate and well-diversified group. With the financial and intellectual commitment of the board members and investors, and Warriors fans as the truly key partners in this endeavor, we will not fail.

“We all understand that in sports business, it’s about winning, but we will also strive to make sure that the Warriors are recognized among our industry leaders in innovation and business practices. Joe and I have assembled a group of highly successful and well-respected individuals, each of whom will provide expertise in various aspects of our business. This will be an extremely strong, productive and creative partnership.”

The sale of the Warriors to GSW Sports LLC was unanimously approved by the NBA Board of Governors earlier today.  Game Plan LLC, a Miami Beach-based investment banking firm, represented GSW Sports LLC on the sale, while Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP served as legal counsel for this record-breaking transaction.


NBA’s release:


NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2010 – The sale of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors to a
group led by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber has been completed following
unanimous approval from the NBA’s Board of Governors.

“We are delighted to welcome Joe Lacob and Peter Guber as majority owners
of the Warriors,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “Their commitment to
the community, strong ownership group and business acumen will benefit the
Warriors and their passionate fans both on and off the court.”


Monta Ellis’ Back; David Lee’s Souvernir Tooth; Bloody Curry & Randolph’s Revenge

Warriors guard Monta Ellis dribbled the ball through his legs a few times, right in front of the New York Knicks bench, giving his teammates time to clear out the right side of the court.

Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari was in front of him, but before he could squat into something remotely similar to a defensive position, Ellis had blown right by him. As he took off towards the rim, Knicks big man Amar’e Stoudemire hustled over to try to get a block. But Ellis kind of twisted right around Stoudemire, and gently dropped in a reverse finger roll over the front rim.

What back injury?

ELLIS: “I don’t think about it. I think about it after the game. When I’m out there, I just play basketball.”

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Ellis Wants to Play at the Garden

Warriors guard Monta Ellis is expecting to play tonight. At Wednesday’s shootaround, he said he felt “fine,” just that he was sore.
“Yeah,” Ellis said, “I’m playing.”
Ellis is officially listed as a game-time decision. He will be examined before the game to see how his back has recovered. But Ellis said he knew he was playing “when I left Toronto.”
An X-Ray and CT scan revealed Ellis suffered a lower back strain, good news considering how bad the fall looked late in Monday’s win over Toronto. Ellis laid motionless on the court, but said it wasn’t that he couldn’t move as much as he was he was in pain and he was instructed not to move.
Ellis has received treatment and looked to be uninhibited taking set shots at the end of shootaround. He was able to reach down for the pass. He wasn’t taking jump shots, but he got full extension on his release. He even bent over to pick up his stuff as he left to board the team bus. There is a chance his back could still spasm up and limit his mobility.
Head coach Keith Smart said as long as Ellis is cleared by doctors, he would leave the decision up to Ellis. Of course, for Ellis, who has a reputation for speedy recoveries and playing through ailments, the decision is easy.


Live chat during Warriors-Knicks game on Wednesday

How is Monta Ellis’ back? How will David Lee be received in his return to New York? What’s the latest with Warriors Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike?
Our Marcus Thompson II will be answering these questions and more when he conducts a live chat during the first half of the Warriors game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.