HoopsHype Joe Lacob rumors

January 24, 2014 Updates

Warriors owner Joe Lacob finally admitted during a KNBR interview Thursday that plans to play games at a proposed San Francisco waterfront arena starting in 2017 might not be completely realistic. “If everything worked perfectly, our goal was to be in for 2017-18,” Lacob said in an in-studio interview with Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger. “I think that is going to be a challenge. We’re trying. We’re going to keep trying, but we need to do it right. It’s not just about getting it done. It’s about getting it done right. If it takes a year a longer, it takes a year longer. I’m not going to be concerned with that.” San Francisco Chronicle

January 23, 2014 Updates

Warriors owner Joe Lacob finally admitted during a KNBR interview Thursday that plans to play games at a proposed San Francisco waterfront arena starting in 2017 might not be completely realistic. “If everything worked perfectly, our goal was to be in for 2017-18,” Lacob said in an in-studio interview with Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger. “I think that is going to be a challenge. We’re trying. We’re going to keep trying, but we need to do it right. It’s not just about getting it done. It’s about getting it done right. If it takes a year a longer, it takes a year longer. I’m not going to be concerned with that.” San Francisco Chronicle

Another persistent issue with the arena proposal is how to deal with traffic on the Embarcadero. Although the site is in close proximity to BART and Muni, a planned 500-space parking lot on-site would be for VIPs only. The arena could bring an additional 18,000 people to the waterfront on game days. San Francisco Chronicle

January 13, 2014 Updates

Santa Cruz (Calif.) Warriors coach Casey Hill and staff are fully integrated and invested in the mission of the parent club, the Golden State Warriors. Hill, son of former NBA head coach Bob Hill, was promoted after two seasons as a Santa Cruz assistant. "The foundation of what we're doing (in Santa Cruz) has a lot to do with what Golden State is doing," said Hill, 30, who reports to Kirk Lacob, the Santa Cruz Warriors general manager and son of Golden State owner Joe Lacob. "I really paid attention during (Golden State) training camp. I got all their (offensive) actions, and we're using all their terminology, using their actions. I feel I'm obligated to do that, because: A) It's Golden State that's running it. It's their team, and this thing needs to be implemented where we're developing players. … And, B) It's my obligation to make it kind of a synergic kind of relationship where they send a player to us, he understands the system to us right away. Or if we send a player to them, he's got a really good base knowledge of what they have set." USA Today Sports

December 11, 2013 Updates

Q: How realistic is it in your mind that Monta Ellis will be traded? Joe Lacob: I don’t think he will be. I mean, you want me to give odds now? There’s a tremendous amount of speculation in the press, and I can’t believe where all this is coming from… because the stories are completely fabricated, by you or whoever. I don’t know who’s fabricating them. They’re fabrications, complete and utter. All these teams that supposedly have talked to us. It’s not true. It’s just not true. I’m not saying we haven’t had any discussions, we have. But it’s nothing like what’s being reported. We all really like Monta Ellis a lot. We think he’s a great player. The question will be, like with every other player on the team–is there someone we think makes more sense, that could be better, make us a better team? If that happens and we think we can get a good deal, then we’d consider doing it. Every other player… no one’s excluded from that. But I would say right now, if I had to bet, Monta Ellis is going to be on this team. San Jose Mercury-News

"When I met with him [Mark Jackson] and we met with him, I think we all felt the same way in that first meeting. We said, ‘wow, this guy is a leader'," Joe Lacob said. "He has had so many great experiences, he will help change the culture, he will drive the people in this organization. All the players by the way are texting… you know the answers? David Lee sent me a text that said, ‘Wow.’ That’s all it said. Fantastic thing. Steph Curry, the same thing. Monta Ellis is all excited. They’re all excited because in the basketball world, not in the media world, in the basketball world they see experience there when they see Mark Jackson. That’s what they see. They see a guy who’s done it, who’s been there, they respect that." San Jose Mercury-News

December 4, 2013 Updates

Oracle Arena erupted at the final buzzer after being a den of silence for much of the game. Team owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers ducked into a private room and let out a loud shout while the Warriors celebrated the NBA's biggest comeback this season while jogging off the court. Afterward, all anyone wanted to talk about was O'Neal's pep talk. "(He) gave a great speech at halftime," Thompson said. "Honestly, that was what was our turning point. It wasn't in the fourth quarter or the third quarter. It was at halftime." ESPN.com

November 12, 2013 Updates

It's lower, slimmer and greener - and still facing a fight. As opponents vow to put the Golden State Warriors' plans for an 18,000-seat waterfront arena in San Francisco on the ballot, the team has put its design on a diet. The changes, which have been in the works for months, include lopping 15 feet off the edge of the roofline, increasing the amount of public open space and lowering the public plazas to create a gradual slope of greenery that the NBA team likens to a smaller version of Dolores Park on the water. "We've slimmed down the arena to make room for enough public open space to fit three Union Squares," team spokesman Nathan Ballard said of the updated design, which is to be released publicly Tuesday. San Francisco Chronicle

Design 3.0, as the Warriors call it, trims back the height of the arena itself, originally planned for 135 feet. In a previous design tweak, the team had already lowered the roof to 125 feet. Now, it still would rise to 125 feet in the central portion but be shaved down to 110 feet around the perimeter to cut back on the height seen from street level. Other changes, including a new plaza on the northwest corner of the site where the entrance to a parking garage had been in the previous version, also came in response to critiques from neighbors and agencies that will have to approve the project. The team is facing an aggressive timetable to obtain permits and complete construction in time for the 2017-18 NBA season, which starts in late October. Its lease at Oracle Arena in Oakland runs out in summer 2017. San Francisco Chronicle

Q: How did you guys talk Andre Iguodala into signing here when you were capped out this summer? Joe Lacob, majority owner of the Golden State Warriors: “It’s interesting, during one of the playoff games in Denver, I was sitting on the floor. It turned out per chance, that one of his cousins was sitting behind us. We introduced and got to know him during the first game. When we came back for the second game, he made it pretty clear that Andre liked the Warriors, liked the organization. Obviously, I couldn’t talk about that at the time, but when he did become a free agent, I didn’t have to sell a lot. He was pretty sold. He sees how we do things, and the word gets out among the players. We get approached all of the time by agents with really big names who say, ‘Hey, when my guy’s contract is up, we’d really like to consider playing for the Warriors, because you’re building something the right way.’ We can’t talk to them, because it’s illegal, but you can see that we’re building something for the future, and people can sense that.” San Francisco Chronicle

Joe Lacob: With Curry, Bob (Myers) and I felt strongly that we had rarely seen an ankle destroy somebody's career. A knee, yes. But ankles usually recover. And we had to make a decision on a guy who was everything we wanted to represent the franchise. He's a great player and person. He also had to take a risk. It was risky, but assuming he was going to be healthy we thought we were getting a pretty good deal. I'm sure he'll make plenty of money in his career, get it back someday if he feels he is underpaid. He certainly could make that argument. We felt the ankle wasn't going to destroy his career. CSNBayArea.com

Joe Lacob: With Bogut, you have to look back and say, yes, he has been injury-prone. There is a big risk here that we're going to be signed up for four years on a guy who may not play as much as we'd like. But you have to look at free agency next summer. There's not a lot. We would be fighting, like we were two years ago, looking for a center. We like Festus Ezeli, but we believe in being good and big and having depth. We had to take a chance. We decided he plays the exact type of basketball that we want to base our team around. So, let's take a chance. Hey, you're not going to win on all these things. But he fits very, very well with what we're trying to build. CSNBayArea.com

Q: Was there a single wisest move along the way? Joe Lacob: It's hard to point to one move. But the hiring of Jerry West is, from the standpoint of the average fan and even to the rest of the NBA, representative. He's had five decades of success. Having him being associated with us, and being very committed to the change we're trying to bring out, that certainly was a big move that started us in the right direction. Hiring Mark Jackson was not as clear to people, but it was very important. And then the Monta Ellis trade (sigh) . . . while difficult for a lot of people to handle, was probably a representative move that needed to happen to turn the team over to Steph as our emerging leader. It had to be done. And it also represented bringing in Bogut, even though he wasn't healthy, because it showed our commitment to changing what and who we were as a team – defense, size and rebounding. CSNBayArea.com

Q: Was there a single toughest moment? A: Personally, the booing. It was a little unexpected. Perhaps it should have been more expected. That was a very tough individual moment. But from an organizational standpoint, it was the number of people we had to let go. That's what no one ever sees. We wanted to see what we had, give everybody a chance, when we took over. But in May and June and July of 2011, even into September, we made a lot of changes. At one point we had like 50 positions open. We had a business to run. People were going to show up to watch basketball games and there was nobody to run this place. There was a moment of absolute fear. We were very fortunate to start at the top, getting a commitment from Rick Welts to be president and chief operating officer. There was a scary 30-60 days before we opened the season, because we did not know who was going to run the show. CSNBayArea.com

Q: On another topic, do you still believe it's doable to build an arena in San Francisco by 2017? A: I do. I'm an optimist. There are people who, from day one, said it's not going to be possible. No one ever said it's going to be easy. Unlike Sacramento, which is getting $300 million in public money, this is a privately financed arena. Not only is it privately financed, but it's costing $200 million more than an equivalent arena somewhere else because we're fixing the foundation, the piers, for the city. So it's literally a gift to the city of San Francisco. This is not just a condominium project or something like that. This is a civic gift, in many ways. It's something that all of the people can use, not just the Warriors. Not everyone is going to agree on this, but we think the majority of San Franciscans support this. To be attacked by someone like Art Agnos, who is a voice of the past . . . to say that we are billionaires trying to take over the city is a joke. That's absurd and it's insulting. What is he trying to do for the city? We're trying to do something positive. It is going to be tough. We're going to have to convince him and others – or outvote them – that what we're doing is in the best interest of the majority of San Franciscans and people of the Bay Area. We're going to try like hell to do it by 2017. But if it takes longer, it takes longer. We want something everyone can appreciate, use and be proud of. Just like the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s, nobody wanted it. Now it's a great thing. CSNBayArea.com

October 6, 2013 Updates

From the sounds of it, the big, geeky glasses Iguodala wears aren’t just for looks, unlike some of his NBA brethren. He says he has gone to seminars about investing and how to run a team, and hopes to own an NBA and a WNBA franchise. He plans to pick the brain of Warriors owner and successful venture capitalist Joe Lacob, and calls himself the “biggest fan” of Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corp., based in Santa Clara, Calif. He interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch during the lockout two years ago. NESN.com

October 4, 2013 Updates

Not so, says team owner Joe Lacob, who was part of the group making its presentation to Howard. “I don’t like to focus on those who aren’t here,” Lacob told SN as part of an exclusive conversation this week. “Good luck in Houston, Mr. Howard. And I am sure he will help that team, they will be better. But we would not have gone after him if we didn’t think we had a chance or that it made sense. … We were a lot closer than people realize to perhaps that actually happening, (Howard) coming here. I think that is a testament to what is happening here. He was affected by the presentation that he saw by our ownership and our management.” Sporting News

The Warriors probably would have had to execute a sign-and-trade deal involving Bogut in order to get Howard to Golden State. “I will say that it was a little bit of a difficult decision to get involved at all because we really like Andrew Bogut a lot,” Lacob said. “We were very happy to go forward with Andrew, and that’s what is happening. But it’s not a secret that we were in that discussion. … We always want to be in the conversation for great players to the extent that we think they would fit in terms of what we’re trying to build. And I can tell you we are really happy with the way things turned out.” Sporting News

September 30, 2013 Updates

Bob Myers has a fabulous job, with a salary that allows him to live anywhere he likes, visit any place he chooses. On this particular day, as soft clouds hover above the Bay Area, the Warriors general manager chooses state prison. He's not alone. Another member of the one-percent club, Warriors coach Mark Jackson, a former NBA star, also arrives at the joint. These two one-percenters are voluntarily rubbing shoulders -- literally -- with men serving time at this world-famous lockup on the north shore of San Francisco Bay. Myers and Jackson and Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, one year removed from playing in the NBA, are joined by other members of the Warriors organization, including assistant general manager Kirk Lacob, the son majority owner Joe Lacob. Contra Costa Times

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