Rick Welts Rumors
Lacob said he discussed his role in the ceremony with president Rick Welts and Raymond Ridder, vice president of communications. But Lacob said they echoed exactly what he already knew was the right way to handle it. And it wasn’t to grab the microphone and ask the crowd “What was that you were saying three years ago?” “Bottom line,” he explained, “I think it is better for other people to comment and say they think you did a good job instead of you telling them you did a good job. Everyone I think knows we, I, did a good job. There is a part of me that would like to do what you’re saying. No question about it. But I don’t think it’s necessary. To make it about me really isn’t the right thing. Because of the booing thing, it certainly would be retribution. But it really, at the end of the day, should be about the players, about the organization, about the team, and about the fans. Right? And not really about me. I’m satisfied that people respect the job that I’ve done. I can live with that.”
Marc J. Spears: Warriors formally acquire 12-acre site of future sports & entertainment complex in SF Mission Bay and plan to open new arena 2018-19 season.
The Warriors purchased an option on the private property in 2014, and have spent the past year and a half participating in a public planning process. Environmental review is expected to be completed this fall; the team plans to open the new arena in time for the 2018-19 NBA season. “The Warriors are making an unprecedented, $1 billion-plus investment in San Francisco,” said Rick Welts, President and COO of the Warriors. “We’re the only sports team in America doing this all with private funds, on private land, with no public subsidy.”
Two-time MVP Steve Nash is in advanced negotiations to join the Golden State Warriors as a part-time player development consultant, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Nash, who was not planning to go into coaching after formally announcing his retirement in March, has been lobbied aggressively by Warriors coach Steve Kerr and team president Rick Welts to spend a few days per month with the team to work on skills with individual players.
Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts still will have a reason to celebrate if his team doesn’t win the NBA championship: he’s been named as the celebrity grand marshal of San Francisco’s gay pride parade. The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee announced Monday that it had selected the 58-year-old sports executive for the honor previously enjoyed by such notables as singer Cyndi Lauper, actor Cheyenne Jackson and transgender activist Chaz Bono.