Kirk Lacob Rumors
But while with Idaho in the D League in 2012-13, Holiday caught the fancy of Warriors assistant general manager Kirk Lacob, and along with fellow assistant G.M. Travis Schlenk, they continued to keep tabs on his progress. Lacob and Schlenk convinced general manager Bob Myers that Holiday might be a good summer league invite, and the rest is history. “Kirk, who was our D League G.M. (in Santa Cruz), had always liked him,” said Myers. “Justin put in some really good time in the D League, and we were excited to get him in the summer league. Then he was very good there. Finally, in camp, he showed up really early. Most of the guys play pick-up in September, and he just continued to elevate himself.”
Kirk Lacob will no longer split time between Golden State and their D-League counterpart in Santa Cruz, according to a reliable source. Lacob will focus his energy full-time with Golden State as Assistant General Manager, working alongside current GM Bob Myers.
At a recent sports business conference, Lacob’s son, Kirk, a Warriors executive, mentioned that the NBA’s new SportVu technology helped the team discover a defensive issue that the coaching staff had missed on video review last season. Gulp. I’m glad the NBA’s SportVu technology doesn’t keep track of everything I miss.
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.”
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.
Warriors assistant general managers Travis Schlenk and Kirk Lacob met with Spanish club Unicaja to discuss Ognjen Kuzmic’s future.
“Instead of trying Dirk Nowitzki (with the Dallas Mavericks in his recent return from knee surgery) and playing on a 15-minute limit … why not do 15 minutes in the D-League?” Kirk Lacob said. “Then if you play well, then it’s 25 minutes the next time, and they build you back up. Then come back, and you can start in your first game in the NBA, and you don’t have to waste all that time.”
So naturally, our conversation briefly shifted to women’s basketball: with the Lacob family and Weyermann now working together as part of an organization that just bought into both the NBA and the D-League, how much interest is there in getting back into women’s basketball and bringing a WNBA team back to the Northern California? “Well, I don’t know what I’m allowed to say and what I really should say, but to be clear [Weyermann] is a president of the Santa Cruz Warriors but his overarching title is Vice President of New Franchise Development – that’s his full title,” Kirk Lacob responded when asked about the possibility of the organization bringing the WNBA to the Bay Area. “So he might be president of this team, but for the Warriors he still has a title: he’s the Vice President of New Franchise Development. His job is to help us with any new projects that happen.”
A prospect walks into a small hotel room, a room that has had the bed removed in favor of a round table and offers Walgreens-purchased water as the only refreshments. The prospect sees two headboards on the wall, but no beds. He sees a table, half glasses of water and eight people (Jerry West, Bob Myers, Travis Schlenk, Kirk Lacob, Mark Jackson, Larry Riley, Larry Harris and Speedy Claxton) ready to interrogate.