Warriors’ Co-Owner Joe Lacob on the Wrong Side of Sports History; Boo’d Relentlessly at Chris Mullin’s Jersey Retirement

What started as a nostalgic journey down memory lane turned sour as soon as Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob grabbed the microphone.

The jersey retirement ceremony of Golden State Warriors legend Chris Mullin, at halftime of Monday’s game against Minnesota, was rolling along smoothly. Marked by funny stories, a video tribute and a rousing ovation for Mullin.

“This is where it all started for me as a pro,” Mullin said. “I came in as a young man. I made mistakes. I worked hard to redeem myself. And by the grace of God I am here today. I grew up right here in front of you. You, the Warrior fans, were a huge part of my success.”

But it was soon taken over by relentless boos at Lacob.

For several minutes, after Mullin gave his acceptance speech, Lacob was interrupted by a chorus of jeers and chants of “We Want Monta!” from fans. It was uncomfortable enough that Mullin got back up to encourage the fans to be patient with Lacob and the new ownership.

“Everything will work out just fine,” Mullin said, his arm around a clearly rattled Lacob. “Take that passion and point it in the right direction.”

When Mullin finished speaking, the fans cheered again. But as soon as Mullin sat down, and Lacob began to speak, the boos rang out again. And louder. That prompted Hall of Famer Rick Barry to get up and chastise the fans, calling the display “classless.”

Eventually, Lacob got through his speech and presented the Mullin family with a week vacation inMaui. After that, Mullin’s daughter led the unveiling of the jersey and the ceremony, finally, was complete.

The booing of Lacob will certainly go down as the most memorable part of Mullin’s retirement ceremony for everyone accept Mullin. He was all smiles

Mullin’s No. 17 is the sixth jersey retired in Warriors history – joining Barry (24), Wilt Chamberlain (13), Al Attles (16), Nate Thurmond (42) and Tom Meschery (14).

Several of Mullin’s former teammates – Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis,  Rod Higgins and Tom Tombert – were on hand for the retirement of his No. 17 jersey at halftime of Monday’s game vs.Minnesota. Even Mullin’s long-time coach, Don Nelson was in attendance wearing a tie.

“It’s my honor,” Mullin said, “to join the greats of this franchise and to be surrounded by my teammates, my coach. Although we never achieved the ultimate (by winning a) championship, I wouldn’t trade it for the people in this room.”


Marcus Thompson

  • Ewok

    Ordinary Fans are very subjective. Real Basketball Fans are objective, patient, and relies on foresight.

    Why so quick to judge when we have yet to see if Bogut is a dud? The thing about it however, is Bogut is legitimate. The missing piece in the team. As special as Monta is, the truth of the matter is, there is always a player like him in every draft. What if we decide to get jeremy lamb for his position.

  • MWLX

    For those of you who weren’t there, 19,000 fans did not boo Joe Lacob. It was more like a few thousand, while 15,000-plus others were powerless to do anything about it.

    On one hand, the boo-birds are paying customers, they were angry, and they have every right to express themselves loudly in that venue. On the other hand, timing is everything, and the timing was bad, overshadowing what should have been a feel-good ceremony for Chris Mullin. That’s what I regret most.

    The media will now keep it alive for days and months because they love controversy. Count on it.

  • Derek

    #51 If Bogut is such a difference maker or legit why has he never made the Bucks a decent team. The guy can’t even make the all star team in the east.

    The W’s currently have NO superstar a couple of above average types the rest being average or below average. No elite or decent team has a roster comparible (worse) than the Warriors.

  • Angrygswfan

    Dude promised us the playoffs and then makes a trade for an injured center thats never played a whole season and is out for the rest of the season….why wouldnt he get booed?