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Why Joe Lacob Got Boo’d

Let me start by saying in no way did Joe Lacob deserve the treatment he received Monday night. That was the NBA version of a public stoning. It hasn’t been a full two years since Lacob and Peter Guber won the auction for the Warriors. He has officially been the owner for a mere 16 months. He hasn’t even had time to accrue that kind of venom – which was worthy of Chris Cohan or Donald Sterling or Clay Bennett should he find himself introduced for some reason in Seattle. Not even the trading of Monta Ellis – which was a good trade on multiple levels – justified that historic humiliation.

What’s more, Chris Mullin certainly didn’t deserve that. Though the love for Mullin was obvious and overt, the night where he was supposed to be the star of the show is now dominated by Lacob’s treatment. We should be talking about Mullin, what he meant to the franchise, how he’s back after a few years of being an outcast, where he ranks among the all-time greats. Instead, we’re talking about Joe Lacob and the nerve of Warriors fans.

MULLIN: “As the greatest fans in the NBA as everyone stated, sometimes change is inevitable and its going to work out just fine with your support and patience. Use that passion in teh right direction. This thing is going the right way.”

BARRY: “One second here. C’mon people. You fans are the greatest fans in the world, as everybody has said that. Show a little bit of class. This is a man I’ve spent some time talking to. He’s going to change this franchise. This is crazy. Seriously. C’mon. You’re doing youselves a disservice. … I know he’s going to do it, so give him the respect he deserves.”

With that said, by my estimation, it is far too simple to write off that debacle as the classlessness of Warriors fans. As an isolated incident, the behavior of Warriors fans was nothing short of unnerving. But it would be borderline clueless to view the reaction what sounded like a large portion of nearly 20,000 fans in a vacuum.

What happened Monday night was a culmination of events. It has been building for some 20 months and it came to a head during Mullin’s special night.

Here is why Joe Lacob got booed.

* He won the auction, winning the team and preventing the Warriors from having what many felt was the dream owner. Larry Ellison had been rumored to be interested for years and once he was officially in the hunt, fans were excited. Finally, their franchise would be thrust into relevance thanks to a billionaire rock star owner. But that was spoiled when Lacob and Guber came out the winners, leaving Golden State with an owner known only in the inner circles. That is where it all began.

Qualifier: You could argue Lacob won the bid because he wanted the team more – since Ellison, who has much more money, could have ended the whole thing at any point. Fans perhaps should appreciate they got an owner who REALLY wanted to own the Warriors.

 

* Lacob set the bar really high from the start. As refreshing as it was to have the owner be out front and open to the public, Lacob’s lofty talk set him up for failure. Here is Lacob in his very first interview after he won the auction in July 2010.

“We got it. We’re all about winning. We think it’s a very good opportunity as a business enterprise and the potential is there. But this is all about winning. We’re going to change the course of the franchise.”

Qualifier: Lacob actually has in certain ways changed the course of the franchise. But not yet in the way that matters most – wins. For a franchise starving for success, such talk only increases their hunger. After two trade seasons passed, Lacob’s Warriors had yet to make a move that changed the team’s fortunes in the win column.

 

* On top of striking out in the offseason and at the trade deadline, Lacob caused some controversy at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in March 2011 pushed him into the role of antagonist with fans. Lacob made some comments about who were real fans. He later said his comments were misrepresented, or at the very least taken out of context. Even if they were, that situation still put Lacob on the opposite side of the fence with fans.

 

*At the end of last season, the 16th time in the last 17 years they didn’t make the playoffs, Lacob went out on a limb. In a letter to Season Ticket Holders, the Warriors guaranteed they would make the playoffs. After striking out on two trade seasons, and excusing losing with injury woes, the Warriors were still pushing big talk onto fans. This time, they promised discounts if the Warriors did not make the playoffs in 2012 – an marketing ploy that didn’t seem to go over well with fans.

Qualifier: Perhaps ownership could be lauded for setting the bar high and putting their money where their mouth is, by giving a discount to the STHs. Still, Warriors fans would much rather a winning season than slightly cheaper tickets.

 

* When re-shuffling the basketball operations staff, Lacob kept basically the same front-office staff (led by the not-so-beloved general manager Larry Riley) and added an agent-crossover in Bob Myers. These were hardly the big splashes fans were hoping would be made. Lacob already was gaining the reputation of being an involved owner. But with his unheralded basketball credentials, many hoped he would land a proven basketball mind with vast connections to run the Warriors’ front office. That didn’t happen.

Qualifier: He did clean house, getting rid of team president Robert Rowell and cleaning out a lot of mess, especially on the business side.

 

* After firing Don Nelson, his next two coaching hires similarly failed to satiate Warriors fans. Keith Smart was a last-minute promotion. He lasted one year and the Warriors followed by hiring Mark Jackson, a rookie coach with zero coaching experience. Many Golden State fans had grown weary of Nellie, but still he was the all-time winningest coach. The Warriors followed a man of heavy credentials with unknowns with limited-at-best track records. Plus Jackson, in many ways, echoed the lofty talk of Lacob. He promised the Warriors would play defense and make the playoffs, prompting many a Warrior fan to roll their eyes.

Qualifier: Not very many options were available. Many of the coaches were retreads who hadn’t done much anywhere else. Plus, Golden State had a very young squad, so there was some value in getting a young coach that could grow with the squad.

 

* The Warriors used the amnesty on Charlie Bell and not Andris Biedrins (or saving it for later). Warriors GM Larry Riley said he couldn’t ask Lacob to spend $27 million for Biedrins to go away. That will go down as one of the biggest misses in the Riley regime, which of course makes it one of Lacob’s biggest misses.

 

* In early December, news broke that the Warriors were meeting with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee about building a stadium in San Francisco. This supported the long-standing belief that Lacob wants to move the team to San Francisco – a belief fostered by Lacob’s affinity for San Francisco. (Every major press conference the Warriors have had has been in San Francisco).

 

* In an effort to sign DeAndre Jordan, the Warriors waived local boy Jeremy Lin, disappointing an extremely vocal and loyal segment of the fan base. He becomes a star in New York, infuriating fans (especially considering they got nothing for him). Lin is the latest in a list of Warriors who leave or are sent from the franchise only to become good on another team.

Qualifier: Lin likely would not have been as good with the Warriors. Plus Lacob was the one person against the move. Still, as an involved owner who makes himself the face of the franchise, he gets the blame.

MARK JACKSON: “I understand the passion of the fans. I totally understand it. But there is a game plan. And if you sit back and look at it, you know that it’s a heckuva game plan. And you appreciate it.”

 

*The coup de grâce came Tuesday, March 13. Golden State traded away the franchise’s best player, Monta Ellis. The electrifying guard was a fan favorite and had been the most productive Warrior for years. Along with him, the Warriors gave up second-year big man Ekpe Udoh, who had won over fans with his positive impact.

What’s more, in return, they acquired a center who is out for the season with a fractured ankle. So the Warriors won’t reap the benefits before next season.

DAVID LEE: “We made a trade that’s not going to help us this year. It’s going to help us next year when Andrew Bogut gets back and to a lot of people that’s frustrating.”

 

I still think it must be said that Lacob, or whoever planned the event, contributed to the scenario by having Lacob speak last. It’s an unwritten rule that the guest of honor speaks last. There should have been no speakers after Mullin. His daughter should have come up and helped Mullin unveil the jersey in the rafters and that was it. To get out there and follow the man of the hour, to even be willing to do that, was simply a poor job of reading the room.

Plus, his body language and his somewhat condescending “I’ll wait for you to be silent” stares didn’t help matters. With all the history involved in this, with all the patience the Warriors are asking from fans, that wasn’t the time to be ornery. Maybe have fun with it, show some humility, that probably would’ve worked more than the irritated stares and disbelief.

Again, Lacob doesn’t deserve what happened. But it’s too easy to vilify Warriors fans. They have endured so much since the Chris Mullin-led era that acting out should be understood if not expected. Either way, I find it hard to make Warriors fans the antagonists of any story involving the Warriors.

LACOB: “I’m not going to let a few boos get me down, and I don’t expect a few boos to get our team down. I think everybody has to stay tough, these are tough times, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to compete and we’re going to win. And that’s my job as an owner, too, we’re going to do everything we have to do. Not going to let a few boos stop us. I obviously think whoever was booing is incorrect in their assumptions, but we’ll just let time heal all wounds. Winning will solve all things.”

Marcus Thompson

  • WorriedWarrior

    I think what Marcus means by “his condescending body language” is that Lacob kind of has a face you just want to punch. He looks and talks like a smarmy little weasel and no, that doesn’t help the situation one bit.

    Why, why, why did he think he should talk AFTER Mullin!?! Papa said they were saving the best for last, that should’ve been Chris.

  • USDAgradeAmeat

    Marcus you hit the nail right in its head. Every thing you stated was pretty much accurate. I could leave out most of them but the main points are Ellison, “the real fans” statement, and the trade of Monta. You might have left out another thing though, the continued employment of Bob Fitzgerald.

  • USDAgradeAmeat

    Oh and BTW, the trip to Hawaii was cheesy/game show like..

    instead of that how about…

    A donation in Mully’s name to his favorite charity or
    A dedication of a portion of the arena in his honor or
    Construction of basketball courts both in NY and Oakland?

    its not like Mully’s never been in Hawaii before…

  • http://Yahoo! PeteyBrian

    I love the direction Joe Lacob is taking the Warriors franchise. But what was it that Joe wanted to say that hadn’t already been said or could be said by Papa?

    Stern was roundly booed as well for the lockout. Poor Mully – apologizing to fans for Stern and Lacob! LOL!

    Deliver on your promises and start winning next season, Joe. People will soon forget the horrible Cohan/Rowell years. And start cheering again!

  • Young

    The surprise isnt the fact that he got boed…

    He’s been saying all week (along with Myers, Riley) that they expected a negative reaction from fans bc of the popularity of Monta, but then 4 days later you address the COLISEUM and are shocked that you are boed off the stage??

    The SHOCK is that he didnt expect some serious negativity 4 days after trading away the teams star 26 year old and not telling him face to face.

    See, this is the kind of LACK of executive decision making we are seeing day in and day out and keep piling on deserved criticism for. A smart executive sees this coming and plans a work around (ie stand nxt to mully for your entire speech and nvr get introduced individually)

    Thats bad PR, bad logistics, bad planning. Good executives think things through better, anticipate the bad or risk and mitigate it…He didnt before he took stage and doesnt appear to have with most of his bball operations.

    You have chronicled his mistakes well in the article…

    With all these mistakes made by GSW FO Question then is: why on God’s green earth do you expect us to trust you? Its like a 5 year old playing outside in the street. We just hope you get out of there or everything turns out ok…You dont KNOW what your doing

  • Young

    For the record, I really like Lacob. He’s put up his money to try and win and I THANK YOU for that!

  • Ron

    Make better decisions and you will not get boo’d in the future…..end of story!

  • rotfogel

    Ouch! He really doesn’t deserve to get booed. In fact, I cheer Lacob, it took guts to make that move. It’s like taking a shot at the doctors office: The initial sting hurts bad, but afterward you feel better and soon you’ll be feeling great. Look at what Don Nelson said about the trade: “is Milwaukee nuts? They traded a center for a two guard?” Ultimately Nellie is right. We shouldn’t boo Lacob until we give Bogut and Curry a chance.

  • Ben

    Nice write-up. Let’s get one thing straight though: when Lacob said that they had “saved the best for last”, he wasn’t implying that he was the best… or trying to upstage Mully. He was talking about the jersey unveiling. Tactical error? Yes. Intentional disrespect? No way.

  • Tblocks

    Well written Marcus…you nailed it.

  • gary

    Outstanding analysis, Marcus. Kudos.

  • Go Big or Go Home

    Joe Lacob and his group of NBA Exec wannabes are a joke…ata minimum, they should have never agreed to add Udoh to the deal w/ Bogut. Monta is a Top 3 Guard in the NBA, even if he doesn’t get the properrespect. Trade should have been straight up. But, on the other side of the coin…the Bucks Management really knows how to put together a great deal. Bogut reaks of Gugliotta for Webber, and looks like a white version of Greg Oden. Nothing for Warriors fans to excited about…I know for sure that I will be wearing an Ellis Bucks Jersey for any future games I go to this season.

  • Joe Blow

    He should have had his 22 year old son come out. Tack that one onto the digrunts. A 22 year old in the decision making room. What is this NBA2K season mode for kids?

  • dereksmith

    Great article. Hate to pile on, but making it obvious that ownership wants to move the franchise to SF didn’t help either. Guber should also know they’ve broken a cardinal rule in screenwriting. Show, don’t tell. Actions, not words.

    That said, I think Lacob and Guber have been standup guys who have proven they are willing to do what it takes to turn things around.

  • Jet_BlackBeard

    One of your best work yet, Marcus. I agree with you 100%.

  • Fire Bob Fitzgerald

    Lacob taking the microphone after Mully was through epitomizes everything that is wrong about Lacob:

    only season ticket holders are real fans; you people just don’t understand we just hit a home run (trading Monta is ok with me but calling the trade a home run is delusional); insulting the fans’ intelligence by promising playoffs; wasting the amnesty on a relatively small one year contract while still having AB start night after useless night; keeping incompetents and bootlickers like Riley and Fitz employed; dissembling over his supposed lack of control of the team before the ownership group gained technical control (shame on you Marcus Thompson for buying this line of BS and then parroting it back); etc.

    The timing of Lacob’s humbling was less than ideal (although Mully knows what Lacob got had nothing whatever to do with Mully) but it was deserved. Well deserved.

  • John Starks

    Yeah, nice one here MT.

    It’s ironic that after all of the years of suffering through Cohan, and finally doing SOME things to point the franchise in the right direction, the fans may now be more upset than ever. I guess there is actually a point when the fans will rebel if they’re not getting what they want. I get the sense that the fans are finally minutes from a full-blown mutiny. If Bogut and/or Curry don’t work out next year, there will be hell to pay. SOMETHING, anything, better work next year.

    The funny thing is: the fans still spend their money even though they are royally pissed. It shows that the fans have almost no regard for the money they have to spend – they want WINS and if not, they want some basketball respect. Having a team that can get to .500 shouldn’t be too much to ask but that’s all the fans want. How can you expect them NOT to be pissed when they’ve shown THAT kind of loyatly for so long and get absoltuely nothing in return…for 18 years?

  • Season Ticket Holder

    I was there. The idiots behind me screaming “bring back Monta” couldn’t have cared less about all the stuff Marcus listed. The only thing the majority of those fools cared about was the trade. Bunch of short sighted morons. MONTA WAS GOING TO LEAVE AFTER NEXT SEASON.

    Lacob pulled the trigger and got a 7 footer in return. Oh, and since they are going to lose the remainder of their games they will have a Lottery pick. Combined with the 1st rounder they got from the Spurs for Jackson, Monta and Udoh for Bogut, Jefferson and two 1st rounders. They should be having a parade for Lacob.

    Classless bunch of idiots. IT WAS ABOUT MULLIE, not Lacob.

  • Derek

    The bay area media is soft on the losers who have been purchasing the local sport franchises and running them into the ground. I think its perfectly acceptable for fans to let management have it every chance they get. It’s the only way citizens have to pressure these greedy scrubs into doing whats right, or selling to someone who will.

    The bay area media have given passes to ownership groups who do nothing but suck the life out of the teams and fan base of ALL the local teams. Winning seems to occur by accident in most cases. The last bay area owner who made winning a priority was Al Davis, however he was to old, stubborn and out of touch to make consistent winning possible.

    Lacob deserved what he got last night. Only a fool would continue to let Larry Riley make personnel decisions. The guy is totally inadequate and routinely gets abused by the real GM’s working arounfd the NBA.

  • JM95054

    I hated Cohan and now I hate Lacob too. We are cursed.

  • George Lucas

    My biggest gripe is where was Guber in all this? Here we have a Hollywood mogul who could have put on quite a show for Mully … and didn’t.

    The ceremony even before Lacob got booed was pretty bush league … it reminded me of a retirement party at a hotel banquet room after a rubber chicken dinner. Trot out a bunch of old players, introduce them all, and let several of them mumble some pablum about how great a guy Mully was, then run a bit of grainy footage of a guy in short shorts taking a few jump shots? C’mon.

    This could have and should have been a high production show that got the crowd pumped and reminded them what a great player Mullin was. Cut the lights, cue the music, roll a great video that showcased Mullin’s talents punctuated with video clips and interviews from Mitch, Tim, Magic, Bird and the rest (yeah, even throw Lacob and Stern in there too). Follow that up with some loud music and fireworks, then shine a spotlight on Mully as he walks out to center court dribbling a ball one last time as the crowd roars and the banner gets raised and then the lights come up and he’s surrounded by Tim and Mitch and all the rest as cheers rain down from the rafters.

    Now THAT was the kind of show they should have put on — and that both Mullin and the fans deserved. That happens, Lacob never hits the stage, and we’re all talking about Mullin this morning … as it should be.

  • Stan

    It is like the franchise is cursed..its almost a blessing dopy Monta Moped is gone. He made it all about him..and for some reason Warrior fans who dont know basketball..but have the big money for tickets ate it up.
    Thats why Rick Barry..and Marcus for once, are defending Lacob.

  • Play Defense

    I posted this to a Yahoo! Contributor thread of the same topic:

    It’s really simply in my view: You can’t demand change and then complain when change happens. That’s exactly what transpired. Everyone loved Ellis as the unquestioned leader and best player of GSW.

    However, if his ceiling is to be Allen Iverson and even Iverson didn’t win a championship, you have to understand we can’t win on Ellis’ back alone. Even Iverson had legitimate big men playing with him in Philly, when they made it to the finals. You don’t simply “obtain better players” unless it’s in draft or in free agency (when they’re willing to sign with you). So, the only avenue left was to trade — and that required giving up someone of value to get someone of value.

    Let alone on Mullin night — which remember, Lacob reinitiated relationships with Mully after Cohan threw him out. That makes me sad for folks who just boo in the heat of the moment. Not only does it show no class, but just plain ignorance and lack of gratitude for trying to make a difference. People say it’s no different than Cohan? They are blind to the attempts, the purchasing of picks, and the bolder moves (trading garbage to get Baron and trading Dunleavy/Murphy for Harrington is easy in comparison). If you’re honest with yourself, it’s “screw playoffs, go for the gold.” In that mindset, we were not going there with what we had.

    I’ve been a GSW fan for a long while and still am. Lacob made a gamble, but people need to give him a chance to see if it pays off. Even if it doesn’t, it is a clear indication that we needed a shake-up. I hate watching us end up with the same 8th seed or out of playoffs every year. Give the guy a break.

  • 808HI

    Truly classless for those who booed.
    You fans that booed if you don’t like it, don’t pay and attend the freaking games!
    Nobody is twisting your arm to go.

    #18
    Dead on. Monta would probably not be around after next season anyways.

    These fans as probably the same types of fans that dissed the 49ers, and now are back on the Niner bandwagon!

  • Jaysohn

    What I keep asking is for all of you who HATE the trade so much what would you do? Most of the time I get answers that are so unrealistic. Even a poster here brought up giving up Udoh as though he was some double-double machine. Warriors fans seem to always over value players on the team. We only liked Udoh because Biedrins has been so horrible. I remember how outraged some fans were when we traded Anthony Randolph. He’s going to be a superstar someday, why would they do that? Not! Like everyone else I liked Monta. He was exciting and played hard every night. We begged for him to be an all-star but guess what, he never was and with him we never came close to sniffing the playoffs. That wasn’t going to change folks. And no we weren’t going to be able to trade Biedrins and Wright for an all star. The reality was we couldn’t trade Curry or Monta for an all star, there was never a dream deal out there. Almost every fan was down on Lacob for not doing anything dramatic and then the minute he does we want to whine and cry about it. I understand the frustration but sometimes you have to sacrifice the present for the future. No one knows as of right now if the trade is going to change the direction of the Warriors in the positive or not but as fans all you can ask for is for the team to try.

  • Tony Hicks

    I think a lot of this is being overstated and overanalyzed. I think Marcus is giving fans too much credit for thinking this out. Anyone who thinks Ellison would’ve done better is delusional. As far as money goes, Lacob has spent it – he paid to draft Tyler, he paid Atlanta for a second rounder … and the amnesty thing wasn’t criticized too harshly at the time, being that the W’s were going after a couple of quality centers (one whom they actually signed to an offer sheet). What was the alternative at the time – to not have a center on the roster? Biedrens’ contract isn’t Jacobs’ fault, nor is his complete breakdown and absolute apathy (The W’s were getting great off season reports concerning him returning to the double-double form that now is obviously gone forever). In 16 months, Lacob has accomplished more than Cohan did in a decade. He brought in Jerry West. He has a young, bright GM in waiting. And, for the love of God – he traded a duplicate guard with some of the worst defensive numbers in the game (the W’s plus-minus when he was in the game was awful)for a very good center (instead of seeing a big white stiff, look at the numbers). And somehow milked a first-rounder out of StackJack. That’s a lot in 16 months. Oh, and he made a priority in bringing Mully back. The booing haters are so wrong, it’s not even funny. And even if not, that was the wrong time. The idiots hijacked Mully’s night.

  • Dave W

    I’m neutral on Lacob but here’s what I don’t understand about the Ellison fantasies. It’s a well-known fact (confirmed by the Logo himself) that Larry’s first move would have been to hire West as President of Basketball Operations. Given West’s enthusiasm about the Monta trade, who’s to say things would have been any different under an Ellison ownership? Do people think turning around one of the worst franchises in sports is as simple as spending money? Lacob deserves more time given the state of things when he took over.

  • Soon to be Grizzlies fan

    Marcus got it right.

    Lacob started off his little diatribe by comparing his ownership group to the old which then the boos followed quickly. You don’t deserve any credit for doing what should have been done years ago.

    Also, the fans who are critiquing the fans who boo’d… are out of touch. How can you know what they were booing about?

    You want to echo Rick Barry chastising the upper deck fans? Obviously a dig at the buyers of low cost tickets… I see what you’re doing there…

  • Phil

    MT2 do the Warriors pay your salary? Every column sounds like it’s straight from the Warriors PR department.

  • http://feltbot.com/ feltbot

    Excellent review Marcus.

    If I were to include one more thing, it would be the way that Lacob was introduced:

    Greg Papa: “We’ve saved the best for last. Let’s bring out the owner of the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob!”

    Am I the only one who found that amusing?

  • Joe Blow

    I think a lot of the disappointment over the Monta trade was just about as much of a disappointment that they basically chose Curry over him. Chris *ucking Paul could have been had over Curry. Howard could have been had with Curry in the mix. Paul and Monta in a backcourt? Ellis and Howard with in an inside/out game? Now you have an unproven SG and a gimpy PG that can’t seem to stay healthy as the future of your team? Add to that a C that can’t seem to complete a season? Terrible…hence the boos. I have nothing against Bogut, my beef is more that Ellis was the guy they should have built around. Bad +/-? When you’re the only scoring option and you’re down in a game, yes, you will have a bad +/-. This team is perrenially doomed to fail. Suck it Lacob – and tell Riley to extra suck it while you’re at it.

  • http://briquesduneige.blogspot.com walkerp

    Great, objective overview of the situation, Marcus.

    I’m with everyone who thinks the booing was undeserved and demonstrates emotional rather than rational thinking.

    The question the critics of Lacob can’t answer is how would you have done it differently? It’s all a lot of incoherent impossibilities about how it should have been Ellison (great point Dave W on reminding us that Ellison would have hired West as well) or everybody knew Jeremy Lin was going to be great. Fantasy stuff from people not thinking things through.

    Hopefully, though, Lacob will learn to step out of the spotlight for a while until he earns the fans respect with some wins.

  • http://briquesduneige.blogspot.com walkerp

    Has anyone ever confirmed that the Ws actually protected Curry in the Chris Paul deal? I heard that rumour, but then heard that it wasn’t true and that NO wouldn’t have traded Paul to Golden State even for Curry.

  • Joe Blow
  • MWLX

    Grade A analysis, Marcus.

    One bone to pick regarding this statement: “…what sounded like a large portion of nearly 20,000 fans.”

    I was in the stands and it was clearly a minority who were booing. They were angry and loud, but I’d estimate it was no more than 4,000-5,000, while the other 15,000 were powerless to do anything but watch. Just shows how much of a stink a vocal minority can make.

  • Ger Moore

    Great review, MT. Balanced. I’m also neutral on Lacob. He’s prone to hyperbole and he never should have grabbed the mike after Mullin. And the Vacation thing was seriously weak.

    Even though the trade represents a worthwhile gamble, you have to look at what the trade represents and that is these four players: Curry, Thompson, Lee and Bogut. Even if we allow for the big IF that everyone gets healthy, it’s hard to put this team deep into the playoffs based on each individuals past performance. And given Biedrins and Jefferson’s large contracts (and future bumps for Curry and Bogut etc) there won’t be any free agent help coming either. This is your group. It’s hard to get too excited.

  • http://briquesduneige.blogspot.com walkerp

    Thanks for the link, Joe Blow. It’s still “sources”, but it sounds credible. Tough call even today, knowing Curry’s injury status. Do we give up an injury-prone but potential-high upside Curry for Chris Paul for one year? Since we have hindsight, also interesting to see that Chris Paul so far hasn’t taken the Clips to the promised land (though they are definitely closer).

  • juggernaut

    man i couldnt believe it when ppl started booing, after they started booing the second time i was rollin, lacob just slipped up and thought he was cool enough or had the credentials to talk after a hall of famer on his jersey retirement ceremony…..no common sense=still employer riley=no amnesty on biedrins=riley gettn less then equal value on monta trade (atleast a 2nd rounder?)=not a buck from me to him……untill he starts winning.

  • reppinwarriors

    I understand the fustration and why the fans were booing..im sure it was multiple reasons as to why Lacob was being booed. With that said, it was a little overboard. You let him hear it but then you have to think about that this was Chris Mullin’s night and now he going to remember this night as the night when all the fans were booing and giving negative energy which led to some of the poeople feeling uncomfortable. I thought after Chris Mullin went up, it would stopped and it shouldn’t have gotten to the point where Rick Barry had to go up and scold at the fans. There is a time and place for that and last night was not the right time.

  • panda

    @WorriedWarrior Well put. I had never seen the guy before this, nor am I more than a casual NBA fan since my city has no team, but before anyone booed and before he said anything, I wanted to jump through my screen and punch him in the throat. I don’t know what it is about his face, but it invoked primal rage from someone who had no idea who he was.

    Anyway, that was a pretty great showing, Warriors fans. I don’t mean that sarcastically.

    Maybe you could give us Bengals fans some pointers. I wish we could trade Mike Brown…

  • Chris Mullins’ Ghost

    Trade made total sense, and booing to the extent that it ruined the night was really ugly — but people who actually go to the games pay a lot of money. After all the years of hopelessness, they’re paying for a second season in a row of garbage time under the new owners, while teams like Minnesota, the Clippers, Memphis, and other teams who were bottom-dwellers two years ago leapfrog the Warriors.

  • Best Fan’s In The NBA???

    Way to go fan’s who were in attendance.

    You embarrassed all Warrior fans…

    You embarrassed one of the Warriors’ greatest players on his special day in front of his family…

    And you embarrassed yourself…

    Lacob has nothing to do with the Cohan Era, and it is going to take him longer than a year to fix decades of losing.

    Monta Fans = Childish, Classless, Morons who don’t know basketball

    Monta and his pathetic fanclub is proof that Warrior fan’s aren’t as smart, and “good” as people give them credit for.

  • Mr X

    Since someone else mentioned it I will also pile on Fitzgerald. No question he should be the one doing the pregame show and Papa should be doing the play by play. That’s a wrong that needs to be righted.

  • gizzm

    The Maui thing was weird. Big whoop. What a crazy night.

  • unknownantidote

    With the Sacramento Kings building a new stadium in walking distance from the Amtrak station the Warriors front office better be careful with what moves they make and don’t make. They have roughly three years to turn this thing around or I’m jumping ship.

  • stickdog

    The bottom line is that last night was Mullin’s night. Respect the moment and STFU.

    That goes for all the fans butt hurt about Monta going to the Bucks.

    That goes for the preening, self-aggrandizing, Maui trip presenting game show host who saw fit to grab the mike after the guest of honor had finished his tremendous and rightfully show stopping speech.

    And that especially goes for the top 50 of all time hair plug shill whose self-importance incited him to grab the mike to make an uncomfortable moment grotesque.

    Just STFU and respect the moment. All of you. It’s not about you or your bloated ego or your gripes about your favorite player. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime jersey retirement ceremony for an all-time great, you complete social retards.

  • ben brung

    I think you’re on it here. I also don’t think the Ellis trade was necessarily bad or that Lacob deserved all that venom. Just two things to highlight, however:

    1) Lacob clearly wanted some kudos for this no-brainer move of retiring Mullin’s jersey. Just because Mullin was ostracized by one of the most incompetent owners in the history of the sport does not mean you get genius points for bringing him back into the fold.

    2) The Bay Area has set the bar in terms of results-oriented organizations and we approach our sports in the same spirit. The continued, and often disingenuous, hype is nauseating. The post Bogut trade parade of lackeys proclaiming the move risk-free was beyond farce. The team is clearly looking at a long-term rebuilding process but want to have it both ways and pump up immediate expectations to bolster profits. Being honest about seriously ending the mediocrity would be welcomed around here. The playoff promises do nothing but demoralize the young players (and all fans) and discourage the kind of long-term commitment they actually would need to compete on a high level. Lacob & Co. should give the B.S. a rest and not artificially pump up players who they know are not part of a long-term championship plan.

    Lacob can look at the new-found love of Jed York to see that the Bay Area will forgive but he will not be hailed as the conquering hero until he produces results. Insisting on spinning that image does not really fly around these parts.

  • U Cant Handle The Truth

    Mullin got plenty of cheers, as he deserved. He knows that all of the booing was not directed at him. Trading your best player for an injured white guy might end up being a good trade, but it signals that you are tanking the rest of the season. Giving up Udoh was just icing on the cake. The Warriors now have nothing. Reminds me of Nelson blowing up the team to suit his ego.

    I’ve been a fan for a long time, and had I been there I would have booed also. I watched the ’75 championship on tv and am very familiar with Rick Barry. A very talented player with a horrible personality. It is said the Warriors could have won another championship after ’75 but Rick’s teammates wouldn’t pass his the ball-because they hated him.

  • cfrylopez

    Some of the Booing was from Oakland & Eastbay fans of the Warriors upset at the ownership for threatening to move the team to San Francisco. San Francisco & Oakland are only 5 mile across the Bay from each other, but are rival cities & night & day from each other.The Warriors are the Bayarea’s team but have been in Oakland since the late 60′s. Most Warrior games sell out even though the Warriors have only had 6 winning seasons in the last 25 years. Oakland has a 111 year history of pro-sports & some of the most passionate fans in the country( “The Black Hole,” “The We Believe”& “ The Let’s Go Oakland Drummers” of the A’s. But it has been hard to be an Oakland Fan lately. Since the late 90s the A’s have talked about moving away & don’t resign their popular free-agents. The Raiders left for LA for 12 years in the early 80s, & the first 10 years they returned to Oakland, the tickets for games where the most expensive in the NFL(since 2006 the tickets have been really reasonable) & the Raiders really sucked from 2003-2009. & the Warriors pretend that they do not even play in Oakland, & the 1st thing the new owners did is talk about moving to SF. Many fans in Oakland & the Eastbay are upset at the ownership, because they may move the team, & because of Monte was traded.

  • JJ Jackson

    Everyone booing were idiots and it’s that simple. Really on a night when we honor Mullin? I think heading the right direction with this team. I thought Ellis was great entertainment but he’s not going to take us to the promise land. To get Bogut could only help us. Some people need to see what’s good for the team and take it so personal. Maybe they should take the team to Sf.

  • TooFunny

    Absolutely disrespectful to Mullin, Lacob and essentially the whole Warriors fan base. Idiots. And the Warriors should re-think what they say and do publicly since they haven’t produced, sold the fans on a losing product again inclduding hyping up Monta and have now reversed course. They should have better layed the ground-work that anything can happen including trading Monta or any other player to bring a winner back to their “beloved” fans. But they probably won’t make that mistake again. Hire a(another?) professional PR person or check-in with the other majority owner on how to create a great Show or both!

  • Spencer

    These kinds of articles are why this is always the first place to come for Dub news. Thanks Marcus.

  • Simon

    Very-well written article, Marcus. Stumbled on to it by accident, but it’s by far the best Warriors piece I’ve read in years.

  • moreaufan2

    It wasnt towards Mullin, the issue for me is that lacob should have never gotten up there period!, you cant control how people feel. i waitched it and yes the booing wasnt cool, but I wouldn’t call the people idiots, just cats who obviously were upset about the trade, he should e been smarter than to get up there, he got what Larry Riley should have gotten, thsts the General manager! Now he is an idiot!! And if we were aiming for change so much, why did we keep the same GM, Dumb! He is the one who made these draft picks. No way Udoh should have been drafted that high! No way baron Davis should be gone! No way we give a big contract to Stephen Jackson, then all of a sudden he wanted out. Now way we allowed Mullin to not still be the GM, when he put together a Playoff team! So you guys tell me, who are the real Idiots!!!!

  • moreaufan2

    I guarantee Mullin understood the Boos, and who cares about Rick Barry, he cant even land an NBA gig because he has one of the worst attitudes and most arrogant guys ever that no one wants to work with him, still a great Player though!

  • moreaufan2

    He said I have talked to this guy, and I feel that, but nobody said Laco was a bad person. but he allowed a bad decision in many’s opinion to be made by a terrible GM. And bottom line is that Monta is going to kill in Milwaukee while we continue struggling to win games. Then rid Udoh who was coming together as the player we hoped. Wow, made alot of since, then bank it all on a 7 footer with a broken ankle to lead the franchise, really? So to me this whole deal remains to be assessed! Mullin is great and did great during his time here!

  • John

    There is another subtle reason the fans booed that has not gotten publicity. The Media. There has been a lack of objective commentary and the fans are frustrated. The radio and television broadcasters all on the Warriors payroll talk about how great the trade was when fan response is totally different. They had no voice and the opportunity finally came. Lacob is clearly in a bubble surrounded by “yes men” – he needed the reality check and needs to have a pulse on the loyal fan base. His intentions seem good, but he is in a bubble. – or was.

  • Fire Bob Fitzgerald

    A must read (especially for posters who are chiding the fans who booed):

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7714701/how-annoy-fan-base-60-easy-steps

  • Rob

    Was a better list than Bill Simmons’ bloated “analysis.” Nice piece, Marcus.

  • Casey B.

    who bout texas doe?

  • shredder

    You nailed it at the end MT – “condescending”. i would describe him as supercilious…i.e. full of pride or scorn; haughty. we were watching at home – “jl was getting more and more p.o.’d!”. fans weren’t buying what he was selling – rightfully so. a little less hubris works – he is a smar guy but i am not sure jl has any humble in him…

  • Fat Panda

    Wow. Amazing article. Great link Fire Bob. Thanks!

    Bill Simmons just became my favorite sports writer of all time.

  • Stan

    He left out that Don Nelson smiles like “what a knucklehad I was” for trading Webber..when asked about that trade.
    He left out-Lacob bought the team..and kept the whole crummy FO..Including Ridder and Fitzgerald..both renowned flunkies. Who buys a loser business..and keeps the crap talent?
    He left out..that right now in the NBA,the two hottest teams are..the Bucks and Knicks.
    Oh well..Lin and Monta will get that east coast bias love out of it. Thats something positive.

  • Grey Warden

    That last 2 paragraphs of Bill Simmons’ article pretty much sums up why fans booed Lacob. Was pretty much dead on. Maybe somebody should email that article to Lacob. I would, but I don’t know his email address.

  • marquee jackson

    Bill Simmons is spot on especially in the last 2 paragraphs. He understands why we season ticket holders are fed up and that the boos were directed to the Ws organization and with no disrespect to Mully. I am a big fan of Chris and would love for him to have an outstanding evening. If Mullin was in our shoes, paying the outrageous ticket prices which went up again this year by the way, he probably would air out his frustration as well.

    Hand Down, Man Down – throw in the freakin towel Warriors.

    Where is that Rock Star Billionaire?

  • Cohan

    You have to wonder if Mullie and his family will have to buy their own soft drinks when they fly discount Alaska airline to Hawaii. Mullie definitely will have to pay for parking and internet since his hotel rooms were the ‘name your own price’ variety from Priceline.

    Enjoy your holiday Mullie.

    All understandable, our ownership group has more loan payment than any other franchises in NBA.

  • JJ

    Ok so Lacob should take the blame for 35 yrs of inept ownership / FO ?? No he didn’t deserve it. Yes, you blame the ignorance of the fans not appreciating the guy and not seeing the big picture and not seeing the brilliance of the the Monta trade. They should be cheering the guy for trying to turn around one of the most inept franchises in sports. All booing did was show their ignorance of basketball.

  • Martina

    Lacob was booed because many fans are stupid f***ing idiots, that’s why.

    The evening was to celebrate Mullin, yet the morons and idiots decided to take the place over and embarrass real basketball fans.