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Joe Lacob on whether they will go into the luxury tax in the coming year: “Bob [Myers] keeps saying I must have the only owner in the NBA who says, ‘Stop worrying about the luxury tax.’ Even today I said, ‘I don’t care about the luxury tax.’ I don’t want to make decisions based on the luxury tax. We want to get better. Our job is to get better. Secondarily, we’ll worry about the money.” Sports Illustrated

Joe Lacob on whether he still talks to Mark Jackson: “Are we buddies? I wouldn’t say that (Lacob laughs). I talked to him when he was at the game here, recently, and had a good conversation. The funny thing about Mark is, I really like Mark, and everyone perceives that somehow we didn’t get along. That’s just not true. Don’t think we ever had a cross word. So he’s a good guy. We wish him well. He did a really good job for us. At the time, he was absolutely the right guy to hire. He did what we needed. Just like when I came in as the new owner, I needed to be out front, be the face of the franchise —not something I wanted to do by the way, but someone had to do that.” Sports Illustrated

On the comment about Jackson at the VC lunch: “I momentarily forgot my cardinal rule, which is whenever something comes out these lips, I’ve got to assume it’s public. But you have to understand, I’ve spent 30 years in that industry, a lot of those people are friends. A lot of it was about VC, and transition from VC to sports and how did you do that, and what are the similarities. It was in the context of all that unfortunately. Everything I said was fine, but I went too far on a couple statements. "I had to apologize but the truth was, I went too far. It’s my mistake. The best thing I’ve learned, from early on: even if you don’t think you made a mistake by doing something, just say you made a mistake.” Sports Illustrated

February 11, 2015 Updates
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Q: One thing coming up in the future is Draymond Green’s restricted free agency. That would likely put you into the luxury tax if you keep him. This franchise has never paid the luxury tax. Are you prepared to go into the tax next summer to keep this team together? Joe Lacob: Committed or not committed, I don’t think we have any other choice. Numbers would dictate–anyone can look at them–that we’re very likely in the luxury tax and very likely very substantially, next year. And you know what? We’re OK with that. I tell Bob all the time; he keeps asking me, ‘Are you sure?’ We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to win a championship; I’ve said that before. You want to do it when the timing is right. Maybe the timing’s right, right? We’re pretty good. And so, I think we need to take advantage of that and go for it. Our fans, that’s what they want to hear. And the truth is, it’s what I want to hear. And what I want to think. And what our management and ownership… there isn’t one owner that I know of or one person in management here that doesn’t think this way. Luxury tax? It’s not something you want to do, it’s very penal. But can’t be worried about that right now. That is really not the issue. The issue is being the best team we can be and we’re going to do whatever it takes. San Jose Mercury-News

January 6, 2015 Updates

Lacob swears he doesn't watch the Cavaliers any more closely than other teams because of the Love saga that could have shaped his team so differently, insisting that the brutal Western Conference landscape that surrounds his team occupies all of his attention. But this much seems clear: their halls wouldn't be nearly this happy if that deal had gone down. "No, I never look back — ever," Lacob said. "The more important thing is what can we do to improve, if it's possible, at this point. Is there a way we can (improve)? ... If we could do something to improve, we would, but right now it's pretty hard to improve when you're the best in the league." USA Today Sports

December 27, 2014 Updates
December 10, 2014 Updates

The Golden State Warriors unveiled a design update for their new sports and entertainment center at Mission Bay today, including new full-color renderings that offer the public a glimpse at what the venue will look like when it opens in time for the 2018-19 NBA season. “We believe this plan is a perfect fit for Mission Bay, for San Francisco, and for the entire region,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “Our goal is to not only build a world-class arena for our team and our fans, but also create a vibrant place that residents and visitors will want to enjoy, whether on game days or any other day.” NBA.com

The Lead Architect for the Warriors project is David Manica of MANICA Architecture. “We’ve learned a great deal throughout this process. This new design is the culmination of excellent community input and a commitment from this franchise to create a world-class design that San Franciscans will be proud of,” Manica said. “It’s an ongoing process, and we will continue to involve the public as we move forward.” Craig Dykers, of Snohetta, is the Senior Design Advisor and a key member of the Warriors’ design team. The Warriors will announce architects for other elements of the project, including the office buildings, in the coming months. NBA.com

December 9, 2014 Updates

Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson referenced Joe Lacob in his sermon at his church Sunday, saying the co-owner “put me on blast.” Smiling as he spoke to members of a cheering congregation, Jackson said in recorded comments that Lacob “said I was good for nothing, an owner that knew me for three years and spent a couple of minutes around me, an owner that had the audacity to say that 200 folks don’t like me in the business.” Contra Costa Times

December 8, 2014 Updates

The Warriors responded to the imbroglio between Joe Lacob and Mark Jackson on Monday, a day after the team’s co-owner issued an apologetic statement for ripping the former head coach. “I think it’s unfortunate that it’s a distraction from what’s going on right now,” point guard Stephen Curry said before the team played Minnesota. “Obviously, we’re playing well. You can nitpick what’s different between this year and last year, but you’re talking about two great coaches. I feel like Coach Kerr is doing his job great, and Coach Jackson did his job the way he thought was right. Obviously, there was a lot of success with it.” San Francisco Chronicle

Curry seemed to appreciate Lacob offering the apology. “For him to apologize, it’s a big gesture,” Curry said. “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. I’m proud of that and appreciate that. “Obviously, it’s a new era and a new experience that we’re in right now and that we’re enjoying.” San Francisco Chronicle

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

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

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