HoopsHype Joe Lacob rumors

June 29, 2012 Updates

Joe Lacob: I don't know, the Warriors seem to ... this organization always seems to have bad luck with things like this. Obviously, this organization we're building, we've worked really hard to change the culture, to change everything about this organization, have quality people everywhere, and Mark is a quality guy. Oakland Tribune

June 27, 2012 Updates

I think Jerry West is pushing Waiters. Owner Joe Lacob is intrigued with Drummond. Barnes also in the picture if he falls. I honestly don't think the Warriors know yet. This is why you have to take our Mock Draft, and ANY Mock Draft with a grain of salt. No matter how well connected I am, I can't tell you what a team is going to do when even they don't know. Things will get clearer on Thursday ... HOWEVER, I know many teams who have made their choice in the draft room while on the clock. ESPN.com

The Warriors are preparing for a number of scenarios at No. 7. Depending on how things go on draft night, Barnes, Andre Drummond, Damian Lillard, Dion Waiters or even Kidd-Gilchrist could fall to them. The Warriors like all of the above, but like every other team in the NBA, not everyone agrees on the order. Warriors consultant Jerry West, sources say, has Waiters ranked quite high. Owner Joe Lacob feels like it might be tough to pass on Drummond if he's there. GM Bob Myers, is a Barnes fan. Everyone agrees that Kidd-Gilchrist would be the guy if he falls. There are also Lillard supporters in Golden State. This is why mock drafts are so difficult to make. How are we supposed to report to you what teams will do when they don't know themselves? ESPN.com

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Joe Lacob: "It’s going to be the Golden State Warriors. That’s our name until further notice. And I say until further notice because I’m leaving myself an out because at the end of the day, this comes down to what the fans want." San Jose Mercury-News

The clock has nearly run out on the Dakota Wizards. Early Wednesday morning the Santa Cruz City Council voted 7-0 to appropriate funds and finish a deal with parameters set forth that will result in the Wizards moving to the California community for the 2012-13 season. The D-League must approve the relocation bid. The terms of the agreement call for the city to loan the Golden State Warriors, who own the Wizards, $3.5 million to build a semi-permanent facility in Santa Cruz. Bismarck Tribune

Kirk Lacob, who was recently promoted to assistant general manager of the Warriors, said the results of the vote, which was completed around 1:30 a.m. CST, was greeted with a standing ovation. "On behalf of the Golden State Warriors organization, I'm proud of what we have accomplished thus far," Lacob said. "We are very excited about the (D-League) team's future in Santa Cruz and the opportunity to extend the reach of the Warriors' brand. We will continue to work hard and innovate to bring our fans new and exciting activities and give the Warriors the best chance to win on the court. Bismarck Tribune

May 22, 2012 Updates

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the Golden State Warriors plan to build a new sports and entertainment arena on the waterfront in San Francisco in time for the 2017-18 NBA season. The privately financed arena will be located at Piers 30-32 on San Francisco Bay, south of the Bay Bridge, between the Ferry Building and AT&T Park. “We are working with the Warriors to get a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose arena built on the waterfront in San Francisco and completed in 2017,” said Lee. “The Warriors have been the Bay Area’s basketball team for 50 years, and today sets the stage for the Warriors to be the Bay Area’s team for another 50. This project will provide millions of dollars in new tax revenue for San Francisco over the long term for services local residents need, including public safety, parks, public transit, pothole repair, youth programs and senior services.” NBA.com

“Building a world-class, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility will create thousands of new jobs for local residents,” said Warriors Co-Executive Chairman and CEO Joe Lacob. “We are pleased to be privately financing the arena – with no money from the City’s general fund and no new taxes – and look forward to providing an incredible entertainment experience for Bay Area fans.” The new facility will host the Bay Area’s NBA basketball team, as well as provide a spectacular new venue for top-tier concerts, cultural events and conventions, prominent events the City currently cannot accommodate. The new arena will be located in an incredibly transit- and pedestrian-rich location, with a Muni Metro stop at its doorstep, and only a few blocks from Embarcadero Station and the new Transbay Transit Center. NBA.com

The Golden State Warriors are jumping across the bay, with plans for a privately financed, $500 million waterfront arena that would allow the team to play its home games in San Francisco for the first time in more than four decades. The NBA franchise would leave Oakland for a 17,000- to 19,000-seat arena that would be built on Piers 30-32 near the foot of the Bay Bridge, a short walk from downtown, and open in time for the 2017-18 season. "It is going to happen - let there be no doubt," Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said Monday. San Francisco Chronicle

Tomorrow, probably before noon, GSW co-owners Joe Lacob & Peter Guber are expected to announce their intentions to move the Warriors to San Francisco at the very site of this announcement. The Warriors are laying claim to Pier 30/32, on the Embarcadero, aimed for the 2017-’18 NBA season–which is the first time the Warriors can exit their lease with Oakland. San Jose Mercury-News

Actually getting this completed won’t be easy, or else something like this would’ve been done long ago, as Mark Purdy points out, surveying some of the history of failed efforts on that site and in San Francisco as a whole. Several sources involved with SF development told me today that you cannot overstate the difficulties of trying to even plan to build on that site. And Lacob & Guber have been seriously analyzing the Pier 30/32 site for less than a year–maybe less than four or five months. San Jose Mercury-News

Hey, as one well-connected source theorized, with San Francisco losing the 49ers soon, there is some increased motivation for the politicians to make life easier than normal for incoming sports developments. However… That other SF option–the AT&T Park/Mission Bay Project controlled by the Giants–is still there, and still further along with the permits and development than anything else. San Jose Mercury-News

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