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December 10, 2014 Updates

The Golden State Warriors unveiled a design update for their new sports and entertainment center at Mission Bay today, including new full-color renderings that offer the public a glimpse at what the venue will look like when it opens in time for the 2018-19 NBA season. “We believe this plan is a perfect fit for Mission Bay, for San Francisco, and for the entire region,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “Our goal is to not only build a world-class arena for our team and our fans, but also create a vibrant place that residents and visitors will want to enjoy, whether on game days or any other day.” NBA.com

The Lead Architect for the Warriors project is David Manica of MANICA Architecture. “We’ve learned a great deal throughout this process. This new design is the culmination of excellent community input and a commitment from this franchise to create a world-class design that San Franciscans will be proud of,” Manica said. “It’s an ongoing process, and we will continue to involve the public as we move forward.” Craig Dykers, of Snohetta, is the Senior Design Advisor and a key member of the Warriors’ design team. The Warriors will announce architects for other elements of the project, including the office buildings, in the coming months. NBA.com

December 9, 2014 Updates

Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson referenced Joe Lacob in his sermon at his church Sunday, saying the co-owner “put me on blast.” Smiling as he spoke to members of a cheering congregation, Jackson said in recorded comments that Lacob “said I was good for nothing, an owner that knew me for three years and spent a couple of minutes around me, an owner that had the audacity to say that 200 folks don’t like me in the business.” Contra Costa Times

December 8, 2014 Updates

The Warriors responded to the imbroglio between Joe Lacob and Mark Jackson on Monday, a day after the team’s co-owner issued an apologetic statement for ripping the former head coach. “I think it’s unfortunate that it’s a distraction from what’s going on right now,” point guard Stephen Curry said before the team played Minnesota. “Obviously, we’re playing well. You can nitpick what’s different between this year and last year, but you’re talking about two great coaches. I feel like Coach Kerr is doing his job great, and Coach Jackson did his job the way he thought was right. Obviously, there was a lot of success with it.” San Francisco Chronicle

Curry seemed to appreciate Lacob offering the apology. “For him to apologize, it’s a big gesture,” Curry said. “My whole thing is not to discredit anything Coach Jackson did, because he was such a great coach for us and elevated a lot of our individual games. I’m proud of that and appreciate that. “Obviously, it’s a new era and a new experience that we’re in right now and that we’re enjoying.” San Francisco Chronicle

At a luncheon for venture capitalists on Dec. 3, Lacob said, referring to Jackson's firing, that "part of it was that he couldn't get along with anybody else in the organization. And look, he did a great job, and I'll always compliment him in many respects, but you can't have 200 people in the organization not like you." Lacob apologized on Sunday via email to Bay Area News Group. ESPN.com

Of Lacob, Curry said: "For him to apologize is a big gesture." "My whole thing is not to discredit anything Coach Jackson did because he was such a great coach for us and elevated a lot of our individual games, and I'm proud of that and appreciate that. And obviously it's a new era, a new experience that we're in right now, and we're enjoying it." ESPN.com

December 7, 2014 Updates

Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob apologized Sunday for comments he made last week at a venture capitalists luncheon in Menlo Park regarding his reasons for firing coach Mark Jackson. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark Jackson and what he accomplished as our head coach," Lacob said. "He did a terrific job. I've said that many times over the last several months and in recent days, including at this week's event. I was asked to draw comparisons earlier this week between building businesses in the tech world and the sports world, and unfortunately, I used some poor judgment. That's my mistake. I did attempt to reach out to Mark on Friday, and I certainly apologize for my comments and any unintended harm. I know that Mark will succeed again in this business." San Jose Mercury-News

Lacob made the recorded comments Wednesday -- seven months after firing Jackson -- and the YouTube video has since been removed by the interviewer. At the time of Lacob's comments, the Warriors were 15-2 and off to the best start in franchise history under new coach Steve Kerr. San Jose Mercury-News

December 6, 2014 Updates

Lacob, who said he thinks Kerr is "going to be spectacular" at a time when the Warriors are 16-2, also gave another reason for Jackson's dismissal after back-to-back playoff appearances. "Part of it was that he couldn't get along with anybody else in the organization," Lacob said. "And look, he did a great job, and I'll always compliment him in many respects, but you can't have 200 people in the organization not like you." Jackson, now an ESPN broadcaster who did not immediately return a message seeking comment, had successes Lacob said made the decision to fire him "a really tough call." Oakland Tribune

While crediting Jackson for changing the Warriors' culture, Lacob said he didn't think the team "could be great" without removing a coach he characterized as unwilling to hire better assistants and disliked by many in the organization. "Right now, (Kerr) looks great," Lacob said at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon Wednesday. Oakland Tribune

"I think he will be great. And he did the one big thing that I wanted more than anything else from Mark Jackson he just wouldn't do, in all honesty, which is hire the very best. "Carte blanche. Take my wallet. Do whatever it is to get the best assistants there are in the world. Period. End of story. Don't want to hear it. And (Jackson's) answer . . . was, 'Well, I have the best staff.' No you don't. And so with Steve, very, very different." Oakland Tribune

Lacob praised associate head coach Alvin Gentry and assistant coach Ron Adams, whom Kerr hired for their experience. Lacob said he thought at the time when he hired Jackson that the key for an inexperienced coach who he said "didn't know X's and O's, really" was to hire the right staff around him. "You can't have a staff underneath you that isn't that good," Lacob said. "And if you're going to get better, you've got to have really good assistants. You've got to have people that can be there to replace you. We all know this from all of our companies. It's . . . Management 101. A lot of people on the outside couldn't understand it when we (fired Jackson)." Oakland Tribune

December 5, 2014 Updates

While crediting Jackson for changing the Warriors' culture, Lacob said he didn't think the team "could be great" without removing a coach he characterized as unwilling to hire better assistants and disliked by many in the organization. "Right now, (Kerr) looks great," Lacob said at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon Wednesday. "I think he will be great. And he did the one big thing that I wanted more than anything else from Mark Jackson he just wouldn't do, in all honesty, which is hire the very best. Carte blanche. Take my wallet. Do whatever it is to get the best assistants there are in the world. Period. End of story. Don't want to hear it. And (Jackson's) answer . . . was, 'Well, I have the best staff.' No you don't. And so with Steve, very, very different." Oakland Tribune

"You can't have a staff underneath you that isn't that good," Lacob said. "And if you're going to get better, you've got to have really good assistants. You've got to have people that can be there to replace you. We all know this from all of our companies. It's . . . Management 101. A lot of people on the outside couldn't understand it when we (fired Jackson)." Oakland Tribune

Lacob also said it was possible the team's San Francisco arena could open for the 2017-18 season even as the official target date is the following season. Lacob said the arena project costs $800 million and that including office and retail space the price tag in privately financed dollars is "well over a billion." "We're going to put a shovel in the ground, assuming the bureaucrats don't slow us down any more next summer," Lacob said. "And it'll be built in 24 months. We've hired the contractors already, and we'll open hopefully in fall of '17. We told the world fall of '18. We're trying to move it up to fall of '17, and it's a real possibility we could do that." Oakland Tribune

September 15, 2014 Updates

Warriors owner Joe Lacob preferred not to discuss the extension situation but made it clear that Thompson is seen as a major priority for their program. As he pointed out, the organization has been making moves with Thompson in mind for quite some time now. In March 2012, they traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks not only to land center Andrew Bogut, but also to make room for Thompson during his rookie season. "We love Klay," Lacob said in an e-mail to USA TODAY Sports. "He is clearly an integral part of our team and our future. I remember sitting courtside at Stanford Pac-12 games watching Klay at (Washington State) for three years. I thought he could be a prototype big shooting guard in the NBA and we targeted him in the draft and were ecstatic to be able to draft him at (No.) 11 in the first round. We traded an excellent guard freeing up a starting spot for him and, as is known, despite many requests from other teams over the last few years, we have continued to bet on his continued development. We are very proud that he is a Warrior and also of his major contribution on this year's USA Basketball team. We are looking forward to a great year for Klay, the Splash Brothers and the Warriors." USA Today Sports

September 10, 2014 Updates

Warriors executive board member Jerry West has agreed to a two-year extension with the team through the 2016-2017 season, an NBA source confirmed to this newspaper on Wednesday. West had one year remaining on his original deal with the team and this new deal will be tacked on, for a total of a three-year commitment from this point. This move, coupled with the new deal for general manager Bob Myers through the 2017-20178 season, puts a bow on co-owner Joe Lacob’s desire to keep his front office together for the long-term as the team gets set to move into a San Francisco arena by 2018. San Jose Mercury-News

August 12, 2014 Updates

Fitness apparel maker Athos has raised $12.2 million in funding, with Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and player Jermaine O'Neal joining in the round. The Redwood City company founded by Dhananja Jayalath, Christopher Wiebe and Chamath Palihapitiya said the Series B round was led by DCM and included True Ventures as a new investor. Existing investor Social + Capital Partnership also participated. Business News

July 16, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Wolves owner Glen Taylor and Warriors counterpart Joe Lacob have maintained a level of dialogue on a potential trade of Love to Golden State, which sources insist would have been clinched by now had the Warriors -- at the behest of new coach Steve Kerr -- relented on their refusal to part with Thompson. The Warriors have been unwilling to offer the Timberwolves more than a combination of former All-Star forward David Lee and 2012 lottery pick Harrison Barnes -- likely packaged with a future first-round pick -- in exchange for Love and swingman Kevin Martin, according to sources. ESPN.com

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