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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

Q: Could Jackson have done or said anything to salvage it this morning? Joe Lacob: No, we made our decision. Now I wouldn’t say never. You never say never, I guess. But no, we had very carefully thought about it and thought about the decision and we had a really great conversation with him, I thought. It was very positive. And I think instructive for him and for us, what we both could do better maybe in another situation, another time. And I’ll leave it at that. San Jose Mercury-News

Q: How about your role. It’s looked as your decision, you’re clearly a hands-on owner. Are you at all worried that you’re a guy seen as never satisfied? Joe Lacob: Look, I know that’s out there. But the truth is, this is Bob Myers’ decision. I have the final say, yes. And he has input certainly from Jerry as a consultant and adviser, and from Kirk and Travis. That is our group, OK? And we are a consensus kind of decision-making group. This is his decision (pointing to Myers). This is his fire and his hire and I have certainly a role in it, no question. But to put all the onus on me, as I’m some sort of too tough ogre, I think… somebody people would like to create in stories. It’s not really true. San Jose Mercury-News

Q: Did you have contract negotiations with Jackson last off-season? There were discussions, correct? Joe Lacob: I did not. Bob maybe you can comment on that. Bob Myers: We had some discussions. I’m not going to get into the details of it; but we did have discussions. San Jose Mercury-News

Q: Did you take Steph Curry’s opinion into account? Joe Lacob: Of course. Q: Are you concerned that this might sour his attitude about the organization? Joe Lacob: Not at all. Not at all. We spoke with Steph Curry several times actually. And I think he’s disappointed because he… I would even say he loves Mark Jackson as a friend as a coach. I understand that, we understand that. But I think he also likes this organization a lot and he trusts this organization. And I think he trusts Bob Myers and the crew at basketball operations. And I think you can answer that question by just asking him. You’ve got to give him more than a day to probably reflect on it. But I think you’ll probably find that he is supportive. San Jose Mercury-News

Of course, I believe there are numerous other points of contention between Joe Lacob’s front office and Jackson… including: -The Warriors’ multiple poor home efforts this season, which cost them a shot at much better seeding in the West playoffs; -Jackson’s disinterest in moving up to the Bay Area, despite Lacob’s request; -Jackson’s frosty relationships with one or two executives; -And possibly his asking price for any extension beyond next season, which is final contracted year. San Jose Mercury-News

May 2, 2014 Updates

Jackson has another year left on his contract after this season and would like a contract extension. The Warriors have received negative attention recently after assistant coach Brian Scalabrine was reassigned in late March and fellow assistant Darren Erman was fired in April. There has also been speculation that Jackson's job could be in jeopardy and that he might be playing for it in this series. But with the Warriors in a Game 7, the earliest Lacob and Co. will discuss Jackson's future is next week. "Honest to God, that's the media that is doing all this," Lacob told Yahoo Sports. "There is nothing going on until after the season. I refuse to let anyone talk about that. We don't talk about it. We haven't had that discussion. Everybody in the entire organization is reviewed after the season and we make decisions." Yahoo! Sports

May 1, 2014 Updates

That issue was raised when co-owner Joe Lacob and Jackson’s agent held brief contract extension talks last off-season, according to an NBA source. Lacob’s request was dropped even before the contract discussions were tabled, the source said, and neither side has ever acknowledged that the conversations happened at all. San Jose Mercury-News

April 29, 2014 Updates

The following statement was released today by Golden State Warriors Co-Owner & CEO Joe Lacob on behalf of the entire Warriors organization: “We applaud the firm punishment handed out today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and appreciate the swiftness with which the NBA conducted its investigation. Similarly, we anticipate that the NBA Board of Governors will act promptly to put this chapter behind us. As I noted on Sunday, the sentiments expressed on the audio recording were completely inappropriate, unacceptable and senseless. We cannot tolerate such feelings or beliefs, not only in the NBA, but in society in general. There is absolutely no room for racism in our world, period.” NBA.com

April 24, 2014 Updates
April 22, 2014 Updates

The Warriors have moved off of their long-stated plans to build an arena at Piers 30/32 in San Francisco and have bought land a little further south. The new spot is not aesthetically ideal—not right on the water, not framed by the Bay Bridge for TV visuals, not where Joe Lacob and Peter Guber held their splashy press conference starring David Stern and Ahmad Rashad two years ago. But the "ideal" spot was Piers 30/32 and several of us have been documenting for years now that the logistics and political hurdles at Piers 30/32 were just too much. Contra Costa Times

Once the Warriors backed away from their stated goal to have the arena completed for the 2017-'18 season, it was inevitable that Lacob and Guber would be looking for alternate sites and that something in the Mission Bay area would be far more logical. I caught up with Lacob on Monday night in Los Angeles, where the Warriors were playing the Clippers in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Here is the transcript of the interview: -Q: So you for sure are at the Mission Bay site? This is the final deal for the new Warriors arena? -LACOB: The boats have been burned, that's the way we like to put it. We're definitely doing this and we're very excited about it. Look, I read the piece you did this afternoon--you need to get a little more data. You really do. This is a much, much, much, much more doable site at the end of the day. Contra Costa Times

-Q: Do you have to redesign, go back into the architecture? -LACOB: Yes, but a lot of that has been done, the arena itself will be pretty much the same, we've done all that work. So the external how it looks, that will be redesigned probably to some extent. We haven't really got there yet. We can move at a pretty rapid pace. Contra Costa Times

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