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December 8, 2014 Updates

The Warriors have been encouraged to no longer make celebratory plane ride videos in which they dance and sing along to the hit O.T. Genasis cocaine anthem “CoCo,” and it appears as if they’ll abide by that. Center Andrew Bogut told KNBR on Monday “the video’s been banned” two days after teammate Marreese Speights tweeted, “We wish we could do the coco thing but they said we can’t nomore sorry!!!” Contra Costa Times

At a luncheon for venture capitalists on Dec. 3, Lacob said, referring to Jackson's firing, that "part of it was that he couldn't get along with anybody else in the organization. And look, he did a great job, and I'll always compliment him in many respects, but you can't have 200 people in the organization not like you." Lacob apologized on Sunday via email to Bay Area News Group. ESPN.com

Of Lacob, Curry said: "For him to apologize is a big gesture." "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." ESPN.com

The Warriors will play Monday at Minnesota, which was involved in offseason talks regarding a trade that would have sent Kevin Love as part of a deal in exchange for Golden State guard Klay Thompson. Love ultimately was traded to Cleveland, and with Thompson averaging 21.2 points per game, the Warriors are 17-2. "Ultimately, here we are, and this is what we wanted," Kerr said of Thompson, who rather than being traded was signed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. "This is what we decided on, and it's worked out. "I think that's fair to say we all preferred to keep him. He's here." San Jose Mercury-News

December 7, 2014 Updates

Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob apologized Sunday for comments he made last week at a venture capitalists luncheon in Menlo Park regarding his reasons for firing coach Mark Jackson. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark Jackson and what he accomplished as our head coach," Lacob said. "He did a terrific job. I've said that many times over the last several months and in recent days, including at this week's event. I was asked to draw comparisons earlier this week between building businesses in the tech world and the sports world, and unfortunately, I used some poor judgment. That's my mistake. I did attempt to reach out to Mark on Friday, and I certainly apologize for my comments and any unintended harm. I know that Mark will succeed again in this business." San Jose Mercury-News

Lacob made the recorded comments Wednesday -- seven months after firing Jackson -- and the YouTube video has since been removed by the interviewer. At the time of Lacob's comments, the Warriors were 15-2 and off to the best start in franchise history under new coach Steve Kerr. San Jose Mercury-News

Unlike some of the coaches who came in after Phil Jackson and bragged about ditching that triangle offense. Right, the one that helped win 11 titles? “The key thing I wanted to do was keep going what they’ve done and how good they’ve been,” said Kerr, who reached out individually to every player last summer. “I didn’t want to be the know-it-all-guy who came in and said, ‘We’ve got to change this, we’ve got to change that.’ This thing was already building and the foundation was already set. My whole approach coming in was ,’Let’s take what you have already done and let’s try to keep it moving forward; let’s try to get better.’ You can’t come in and be a know it all. You’ve go to come in and respect what guys have done individually and as a team and find out how can we get better. We have great guys, all very receptive. I found out they were incredibly coachable and willing listeners and good guys. You could feel right away this was a team that would have good chemistry.” NBA.com

“The way I’m coaching is the totality of my experience under a lot of different people,” Kerr said in an interview Friday. “Not just Phil and Pop (his coaches in Chicago and San Antonio, where he was on five title teams). Cotton Fitzsimmons and Lenny Wilkens and Lute Olson; you sort of take a little from each person. But what they all told me was to be yourself. They said you have to be yourself, that players will know if you are trying to do something that is not you. “I like humor, I like keeping things loose,” said Kerr, noted for his wry and sarcastic view of the world. “The thing I took from Pete (Carroll, Seattle NFL coach and a friend) is we do play music during practice at times, which I think is great; gets us going, players like it, puts a bounce in their step. Mostly, I’m just trying to incorporate my own ideas and beliefs into basketball and bonding wise; it’s easy to do when you have guys so willing to embrace and who were blossoming before I got here. And are that good.” NBA.com

"He's unique in the sense that he can look at it from a lot of different angles. From the perspective of a player, from that of a general manager, and now a coach. I think he's prepared well for this. He's one of those guys, I think anything he chooses to do he'll be successful at," Thibodeau said. "He's got a good team, a great staff and he's doing an unbelievable job. "I think the experience of being a general manager served him very, very well. So he had a chance to watch, to look at it from that angle, which is totally different from that of a player. And I think because of what he had to do to survive in the league, I think that's helped him as a player." CSN Chicago

December 6, 2014 Updates

Lacob, who said he thinks Kerr is "going to be spectacular" at a time when the Warriors are 16-2, also gave another reason for Jackson's dismissal after back-to-back playoff appearances. "Part of it was that he couldn't get along with anybody else in the organization," Lacob said. "And look, he did a great job, and I'll always compliment him in many respects, but you can't have 200 people in the organization not like you." Jackson, now an ESPN broadcaster who did not immediately return a message seeking comment, had successes Lacob said made the decision to fire him "a really tough call." Oakland Tribune

While crediting Jackson for changing the Warriors' culture, Lacob said he didn't think the team "could be great" without removing a coach he characterized as unwilling to hire better assistants and disliked by many in the organization. "Right now, (Kerr) looks great," Lacob said at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon Wednesday. Oakland Tribune

"I think he will be great. And he did the one big thing that I wanted more than anything else from Mark Jackson he just wouldn't do, in all honesty, which is hire the very best. "Carte blanche. Take my wallet. Do whatever it is to get the best assistants there are in the world. Period. End of story. Don't want to hear it. And (Jackson's) answer . . . was, 'Well, I have the best staff.' No you don't. And so with Steve, very, very different." Oakland Tribune

Lacob praised associate head coach Alvin Gentry and assistant coach Ron Adams, whom Kerr hired for their experience. Lacob said he thought at the time when he hired Jackson that the key for an inexperienced coach who he said "didn't know X's and O's, really" was to hire the right staff around him. "You can't have a staff underneath you that isn't that good," Lacob said. "And if you're going to get better, you've got to have really good assistants. You've got to have people that can be there to replace you. We all know this from all of our companies. It's . . . Management 101. A lot of people on the outside couldn't understand it when we (fired Jackson)." Oakland Tribune

December 5, 2014 Updates

While crediting Jackson for changing the Warriors' culture, Lacob said he didn't think the team "could be great" without removing a coach he characterized as unwilling to hire better assistants and disliked by many in the organization. "Right now, (Kerr) looks great," Lacob said at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon Wednesday. "I think he will be great. And he did the one big thing that I wanted more than anything else from Mark Jackson he just wouldn't do, in all honesty, which is hire the very best. Carte blanche. Take my wallet. Do whatever it is to get the best assistants there are in the world. Period. End of story. Don't want to hear it. And (Jackson's) answer . . . was, 'Well, I have the best staff.' No you don't. And so with Steve, very, very different." Oakland Tribune

"You can't have a staff underneath you that isn't that good," Lacob said. "And if you're going to get better, you've got to have really good assistants. You've got to have people that can be there to replace you. We all know this from all of our companies. It's . . . Management 101. A lot of people on the outside couldn't understand it when we (fired Jackson)." Oakland Tribune

Lacob also said it was possible the team's San Francisco arena could open for the 2017-18 season even as the official target date is the following season. Lacob said the arena project costs $800 million and that including office and retail space the price tag in privately financed dollars is "well over a billion." "We're going to put a shovel in the ground, assuming the bureaucrats don't slow us down any more next summer," Lacob said. "And it'll be built in 24 months. We've hired the contractors already, and we'll open hopefully in fall of '17. We told the world fall of '18. We're trying to move it up to fall of '17, and it's a real possibility we could do that." Oakland Tribune

The Daily Mail reported Bogut spends about $2,000 a week of his $14 million-a-year salary. The amount includes expenses for food and drink, transport, shopping and feeding his dogs. Bogut's collection of cars includes a '69 Ford Mustang Boss 429. He has about six classic cars in the US and 10 in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. His Walnut Creek, California house—which he paid for by cash according to the Daily Mail—also houses a $225 billiard table and a pin ball machine. CNBC

 

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