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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

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May 21, 2012 Updates

Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, who have owned the team for 18 months, have made no secret of their desire to move to San Francisco. The team has held three major press conferences in San Francisco and neither has denied interest in relocation from Oakland. The plan would be to build a state-of-the-art arena at Piers 30-32, currently being unused at the time. The goal would be to move into the building by the start of the 2017-18 season. The press conference is expected to be held at this site. CSNBayArea.com

May 16, 2012 Updates

They met with Mayor Ed Lee to further discuss moving the basketball team to San Francisco to play in an arena at Piers 30-32. Lee has traveled to Los Angeles to meet with Guber and make his case and sent a letter Friday signed by all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors in attempt to lure the Warriors here from Oakland for the 2017 season. San Francisco Chronicle

April 16, 2012 Updates
March 9, 2012 Updates

It feels like Joe Lacob and Peter Guber should be getting close to some decision–their lease in Oakland runs out in 2017, and the run-up to a new arena would probably start next year in earnest. I’d guess the Warriors will tell everybody by the end of this year, at the latest, where they want to be for the long-term. So those judgments are being discussed now, you’d think. But I checked and was told quite firmly that the Warriors have made no decisions on a preferred site and would not be making any imminent announcements. They’re still looking at Oakland sites, in addition to the much-discussed site adjacent to AT&T Park, in conjunction with the Giants. I’d say the SF site is by far the leader in the clubhouse, but I guess Lacob and Guber are still not all the way to the point where they’re committed to that project. San Jose Mercury-News

January 25, 2012 Updates

Courtside before tip-off against the Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors’ co-owner Peter Guber has his eye on the ball. Not one on the court, but rather the sphere fans are passing around in the dank upper reaches of Oracle Arena. A fast-moving spotlight struggles to follow along as it’s flicked around the stands, finally landing in a referee’s hands to start the game. “You can’t see where it is, can you?” Guber squawks with delight, thrilled by the latest gimmick he’s brought to Bay Area basketball. Sure it’s corny. But it’s working. The house is rocking, even as it falls a bit short of its sixth sellout in the first seven home games. The Warriors will lose tonight, but Guber, the longtime entertainment impresario who has done everything from movies to minor league baseball ownership, still puts on a pretty good show. Forbes.com

But Guber and Lacob will laugh last. They’ve followed a classic real estate maxim—buying the worst property in the best neighborhood. “You’re in a hot market with a lot of money and a lot of tech companies,” says Lacob. “People realize this team has been an underperforming asset. If it improves on the court it will be worth a lot more.” The numbers back him up: Despite comic ineptitude—the team has logged only two winning seasons and one playoff appearance in the past 17 years—the Warriors’ $450 million valuation places them eighth on FORBES’ franchise rankings, up four spots from last year. Some think they could jump even higher. “This could be one of the most valuable teams in the NBA,” says consultant Marc Ganis of SportsCorp. “It’s a great sponsor and TV market.” Forbes.com

While Lacob loves a game, Guber, who makes it up from L.A. only periodically, loves a show. The flamboyant onetime head of Sony Pictures is the creative mind behind turning the Warriors into an entertainment product, especially for the fair-weather fan and especially as the losses pile up yet again (they were 5-9 during this year’s early going). A very young 69, he owns or operates five minor league baseball teams through his company Mandalay Entertainment. To him the people streaming through the turnstiles aren’t fans, customers or guests. They’re the audience. “The experience starts in the parking lot,” he says of the club’s beefed-up customer ser­vice operation, the 191 Wi-Fi spots scattered through the arena and a plan for cashless concession stands. “There’s uncertainty in winning,” he says in a Boston accent, still thick almost 50 years after his departure from his hometown, “but there’s no uncertainty in the experience.” Forbes.com

As he watches Orlando superstar Dwight Howard ultimately lead the Magic to a comeback win by torching the Warriors for 45 points and 23 rebounds—tying an NBA record of 39 free throw attempts in the process—Lacob could only dream of luring the dominant big man to the Bay Area. Tampering rules prohibit him from commenting on the NBA rumor mill that includes Golden State as a possible landing spot for Howard, who’s contemplating his exit strategy to a bigger market. Whether the future franchise player is Howard or someone else, Guber and Lacob figure their job is to make the team a true destination. “This market should be elite, a place that players want to come to,” Guber says. Now, that would be something to see. Forbes.com

December 9, 2011 Updates

The Warriors met Wednesday with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Giants CEO Larry Baer to discuss the feasibility of erecting a new, state-of-the-art arena near AT&T Park that would open before the 2017-18 season. Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have talked about the need to replace Oracle Arena in Oakland since buying the basketball team in July 2010, but this is the first time they have publicly stated their intent to explore options in San Francisco. They have also had discussions with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan about building an arena at their current East Bay site. San Francisco Chronicle

"The potential for building an arena near AT&T Park is very exciting," Lacob said. "The Giants have done some remarkable things over there. It's a great ballpark that revitalized an entire part of the city. "It took a year to get our feet wet, examine the organization and make a lot of changes. Step 2 is starting the process of getting a new arena somewhere in the Bay Area. We're a Bay Area team. We consider the whole Bay Area our market, whether we're located in San Francisco or Oakland." San Francisco Chronicle

October 24, 2011 Updates

We also learn that Billy Hunter and David Stern both belonged to the same fraternity -- Hunter at Syracuse, and Stern at Rutgers. New Warriors co-owner Peter Guber was in the same fraternity with Hunter at Syracuse. ESPN.com

Your job is not to instill in the Golden State Warriors an ethic of tolerance, but do you hope to have an impact -- do you feel obliged to have an impact -- on, say, Dorell Wright, Steph Curry, Monta Ellis and Mark Jackson, who is an observant evangelical Christian? Is "making a contribution," as you say, a hands-on experience whereby you speak to the team for 15 minutes one afternoon after practice and tell your story? Rick Welts: The answer is, "I don't know." I had a great conversation with Mark on the phone. Everyone in the organization has been incredible. I'll tell you one of the most gratifying experiences I've had since May -- and you'll understand this -- is the interview I had with the Warriors. I was with Peter Guber and Joe Lacob for six hours. I realized I didn't have to guess what they knew or might have known or how they'd feel about it, whether they'd have a problem with that, because I was out. ESPN.com

October 17, 2011 Updates

As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Shaquille O’Neal is teaming up with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to launch its “Amplify Your Voice!” campaign, and Warriors President Rick Welts will be honored Oct. 21 by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) during their seventh annual Respect Awards gala in Los Angeles. The Warriors named Welts president and chief operating officer in September to oversee business-related operations and report directly to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. He had a nine-year stint with the Phoenix Suns as president and was chief executive officer the past two seasons. San Francisco Chronicle

You've now joined the rival Golden State Warriors as an advisor with a three-year deal with owners Peter Guber and Joe Lacob. Can you merely be an advisor? Jerry West: "I knew you'd ask this. They want my opinion. I won't be the final decision, even though I may want mine to be. This puzzle needs pieces. How can we do that without disrupting the entire board? We'll compete against one of the best franchises [the Lakers] and it'll be something when we beat them and you're no longer surprised. I feel in a vibrant city we can do something positive. You can't do it by being passive. We have to be aggressive. One playoff appearance in 17 years is not acceptable." Los Angeles Times

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