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December 6, 2014 Updates

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

September 15, 2014 Updates

Warriors owner Joe Lacob preferred not to discuss the extension situation but made it clear that Thompson is seen as a major priority for their program. As he pointed out, the organization has been making moves with Thompson in mind for quite some time now. In March 2012, they traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks not only to land center Andrew Bogut, but also to make room for Thompson during his rookie season. "We love Klay," Lacob said in an e-mail to USA TODAY Sports. "He is clearly an integral part of our team and our future. I remember sitting courtside at Stanford Pac-12 games watching Klay at (Washington State) for three years. I thought he could be a prototype big shooting guard in the NBA and we targeted him in the draft and were ecstatic to be able to draft him at (No.) 11 in the first round. We traded an excellent guard freeing up a starting spot for him and, as is known, despite many requests from other teams over the last few years, we have continued to bet on his continued development. We are very proud that he is a Warrior and also of his major contribution on this year's USA Basketball team. We are looking forward to a great year for Klay, the Splash Brothers and the Warriors." USA Today Sports

September 10, 2014 Updates

Warriors executive board member Jerry West has agreed to a two-year extension with the team through the 2016-2017 season, an NBA source confirmed to this newspaper on Wednesday. West had one year remaining on his original deal with the team and this new deal will be tacked on, for a total of a three-year commitment from this point. This move, coupled with the new deal for general manager Bob Myers through the 2017-20178 season, puts a bow on co-owner Joe Lacob’s desire to keep his front office together for the long-term as the team gets set to move into a San Francisco arena by 2018. San Jose Mercury-News

August 12, 2014 Updates

Fitness apparel maker Athos has raised $12.2 million in funding, with Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and player Jermaine O'Neal joining in the round. The Redwood City company founded by Dhananja Jayalath, Christopher Wiebe and Chamath Palihapitiya said the Series B round was led by DCM and included True Ventures as a new investor. Existing investor Social + Capital Partnership also participated. Business News

July 16, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Wolves owner Glen Taylor and Warriors counterpart Joe Lacob have maintained a level of dialogue on a potential trade of Love to Golden State, which sources insist would have been clinched by now had the Warriors -- at the behest of new coach Steve Kerr -- relented on their refusal to part with Thompson. The Warriors have been unwilling to offer the Timberwolves more than a combination of former All-Star forward David Lee and 2012 lottery pick Harrison Barnes -- likely packaged with a future first-round pick -- in exchange for Love and swingman Kevin Martin, according to sources. ESPN.com

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Lacob bought the right to meddle. Anyone who believes an owner should sign the checks and shut up lives in a fantasy world. Why would anyone spend that kind of money if he wasn't going to be involved? The key to Lacob's success will lie in trusting his basketball people. He has three gems in Rick Welts, Jerry West and Bob Myers. And in this case, Lacob listened to all three. San Francisco Chronicle

May 7, 2014 Updates

At what point did you decide you had to make a change with the coach? -LACOB: Well, I know I’ve been quoted as saying–multiple times–and it is true, we’re going to wait ’til after the year to make a decision. I know I’ve already heard people say, ‘Oh, they’ve had this decision made long ago.’ That is not true. Were we discussing it? Of course, we had those conversations. But I’m going to tell you this, even in the meeting this morning, when Bob and I were sitting here with Mark, I mean, he’s a very compelling guy. And we spent over an hour and a half with him this morning. San Jose Mercury-News

Was 51-31 unsatisfactory? -LACOB: I would not say it’s unsatisfactory. I would say that it did not meet our–probably–our goals. -Q: Was that due to coaching? -LACOB: No, I don’t know that I can honestly say that it was from coaching, or it was from injuries… There’s a lot of factors that go into this. It’s hard to say. I know there are some people that think we should’ve been, oh, five or six or seven games better because we lost some easy games at home. I did comment to you in fact in February that the home losses were disturbing. But I didn’t blame anybody at the time and I still don’t blame necessarily coaches or players or Bob Myers for not getting another addition at the trade deadline. It isn’t anybody’s fault necessarily. It’s just, that’s what it is. Could we maybe have been a little better? Yeah. San Jose Mercury-News

May 6, 2014 Updates

Q: Are you interested in Steve Kerr? Joe Lacob: I’m not going to comment on who’s a candidate at this point. You can speculate and others have speculated. (Looks to Myers.) Bob Myers: I was wondering what you were going to say. What I said is we’re not going to publicly go over our coaching search. Joe Lacob: All I will say (about Kerr) is it’s known that all of us know him. I’ve known him for 20 years. I think very highly of him as an individual–a great human being as well as a great basketball mind, I believe, and a great pedigree. Having said that, we haven’t spoken with him yet. We haven’t interviewed anybody and we’re going to take our time and we’re going to interview people. He might be one of them. San Jose Mercury-News

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