HoopsHype Joe Lacob rumors

June 29, 2013 Updates

Dwight Howard will not visit the Warriors when free agency opens, contrary to an earlier report, a source familiar with Howard's thinking says. Warriors owner Joe Lacob hinted -- he can't do more without risking a fine from the league -- that the team would welcome the chance to meet with Howard, but it's easy to see why going to Golden State would be problematic for Howard. The only way they could get him would be via a sign-and-trade with the Lakers, which means he wouldn't be joining the same Warriors' team that did so well last season. Sulia

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In an interview with USA TODAY Sports, West made it clear that his role in assisting Ranadive has been severely overstated by several media reports and said he took exception to the idea that he would be the unofficial point man in the process. "For some reason, I've gotten two or three calls from people (wanting the job) saying that (they) want to get in front of him and could you help, and I think it's ludicrous," West said. "I sent back to them and said that in no way, shape or form am I advising him – period. I believe that if you make an obligation to someone … and my obligation is always to (Warriors owner) Joe (Lacob) and the rest of the Warriors organization, and I have no interest in helping anyone, OK? Anyone except if I can help the Warriors obviously." USA Today Sports

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Jackson also wanted input into personnel decisions -- not control, but a say that would be respected. Lacob and Guber agreed. "I was influenced a little bit by Boston," said Lacob, who'd been a minority owner of the Celtics. "I saw what Doc did, his background. I saw you could come out of the broadcast booth if you had the NBA playing career, and be very successful. And I saw that the most important thing that Doc Rivers provided was leadership, and the guys were willing to follow him ... if you can't lead people, whether you're the CEO or the basketball coach, the Xs and Os and all the other stuff is important. But if you can't lead them, they're not going to follow you, anyway." NBA.com

May 5, 2013 Updates

Today the Golden State Warriors released the updated design of their new sports and entertainment arena on the waterfront at Piers 30-32 in San Francisco. “This new design by Snøhetta and AECOM builds on the first draft we released to create an arena experience on the waterfront that is unique, community-focused and unlike any other venue in existence around the world,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “The new design creates more open space and accessibility to the waterfront, new berths for fireboats and cruise ships and public views into the arena that will be one-of-a-kind for an NBA venue.” NBA.com

April 27, 2013 Updates

In the final seconds, as the arena DJ played Eminem's "Lose Yourself," the crowd, on its feet, nearly lost its collective mind. And when a last-gasp shot by Denver's Andre Iguodala glanced off the rim at the buzzer, the party was on. The victory chorus: Waaarrr-iors, Waaarrr-iors, Waaarrr-iors. "It was unbelievable," CEO Joe Lacob said through a mile-wide smile. "This crowd was just an incredible advantage for us. And we needed them tonight." San Jose Mercury-News

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The Warriors have two open roster spots and are discussing whether to add a veteran player for the stretch run–and probably will add somebody soon, co-owner Joe Lacob said before tonight’s game. When I asked Lacob if former Warrior Dominic McGuire, currently a free agent, was under consideration, Lacob said that McGuire’s name hadn’t come up yet but that he might be an option. Lacob said that adding a veteran at a minimum salary wouldn’t put the Warriors over the luxury-tax line since these deals are now pro-rated against the tax-line, and they’re just enough under to add somebody. (I didn’t know about the pro-rated part.) San Jose Mercury-News

December 19, 2012 Updates

You’ve been an analytics guy, you’ve been to the Sloan conference. Do you have a guy or several people dedicated to that in your front office. Have you noticed that Memphis just hired John Hollinger? -JOE LACOB: Yeah, I did see that. We have that–not a Hollinger per se, he’s a well-known guy. But we have hired some guys inside, whether they be internal or consultants, looking at statistics. We’re one of the first teams to employ the video system in the arena and analyzing all that… Now getting information out of that is what’s hard. But we are looking at all those things. San Jose Mercury-News

You’ve always been very aggressive about wanting to be involved in big deals, checking the deal flow. You’re at 16-8 now, do you step back from that a little? Or do you still search for that superstar? Do you need a superstar? -LACOB: I don’t know. We’re pretty good right now. Even though I would agree that we’re not a team that has a superstar, we have a team with some really good players. We have a deep team, which is what we built this year, that was what we had the ability to do. A lot of youth mixed with veterans. The right coaching staff. I think we’re doing pretty well. You always want to try to improve yourself, so if the right deal came along, we’d have to look at it. We look every day. We’re not shrinking violets about this, as you saw last year. We won’t know more until we get closer to the trade deadline, frankly, Is it possible something could happen? Yes. Is it likely? Very hard to say. If we could improve our team, we would. San Jose Mercury-News

November 30, 2012 Updates

Can you see how fans may feel deceived? Bob Myers: “Absolutely. I can absolutely see that and I understand their position and feel terrible about that. If there was blame to be laid on how this was communicated, that blame ultimately rides with me as the general manager of this organization. As the general manager of this organization, I know it’s being perceived that it was mishandled and not handled appropriately. Ultimately that rests on my shoulders. Not (co-owner) Joe Lacob, not anybody in the organization but myself. Again, in these situations, there is a process involved and, ultimately, the last thing I want to do or anybody in the organization wants to do, is deceive the fans. So the fact that some people feel that way, I feel really bad about that. … That rests on my shoulders. It’s something we’ll work through and get the trust of those fans back. Contra Costa Times

Will he require any more surgery before he gets back out there? You know what, I’ve already messed up one message (laughs) … I don’t think so. I’d be very surprised. But again, I’m not sure. I don’t think so. That’s the best I can tell you. I’d be very surprised if it required anything beyond what’s already took place. I hope that answers the question. Contra Costa Times

Are you at all nervous that we won’t see him this season? I think he’ll play this season. Beyond that, I’ll leave it at when Andrew’s ready and the doctors say he’s ready to go, he’ll play. But my days of prognostication, I’m not sure that anybody wants to even hear what I would speculate on at this point. But, again, the process will be (based on) Andrew and the medical staff — which is how it always has been and will be. When they decide he’s ready to go, he’ll play. I’ll be very excited when that day happens. I can’t tell you how much I want him to be out there. And the good story is … we’re doing pretty well. I like the direction the team’s going and I think he’ll only help us. I really do think he’ll help us as we move forward. It’s unfortunate that I can’t sit here and talk about we’re 8-6 and our rookies are playing great. Like I told somebody, if a mistake was made by myself I apologize. But let this be the mistake rather than maybe not drafting the right guy or making a mistake that affects the performance of what’s going on. Contra Costa Times

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