Joe Lacob Rumors
This is a major move for the franchise–away from KNBR’s monster signal and tradition–but it has been in the works from the moment Warriors executives (led by owner Joe Lacob and president Rick Welts) were infuriated when KNBR moved several Warriors playoff games this spring to a sister station in order to broadcast Giants games. Big bullet point for Warriors management: 12 of their 24 playoff games this past season were not broadcast on KNBR 680 due to Giants conflicts. Also, eight other exhibition-season or regular season games were moved from 680.
The Golden State Warriors’ push to relocate the basketball team from Oakland to San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood cleared a key hurdle Monday, as a judge ruled against a group that had filed multiple lawsuits to kill the project. On Monday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong ruled that the city’s environmental review of the proposed arena was adequate, rejecting arguments it had failed to consider environmental impacts, including alternative sites for the arena.
It’s a tough balance that forced Lacob and the Warriors’ board of directors to make an unpopular decision to trade former Warriors point guard Monta Ellis, which resulted in an angry fan base that booed Lacob at the following games. “We knew Ellis and [Stephen] Curry couldn’t play together long term,” he said. “Nobody had all the knowledge we had and we felt it was necessary going forward. I knew I was going to get blasted. The tyranny of the majority can be a bad thing. But, in Silicon Valley, we know there are always people who say, ‘It’s never going to work.’”
“We will scratch and claw every single day,“ Lacob said with a stern voice and firm fist against his chair arm. “That’s why I couldn’t wait one hour after Sunday’s loss to start getting the team ready for next year.”
Lacob said the Warriors intentionally lead trends only to look for the next — almost a prerequisite for anyone in Silicon Valley business. “We drove this idea of small ball, and it’s a different style of play,” he said. “Having said that, I think it’s important to know that whenever everyone else starts doing things, it’s time to start doing what’s next. We’re on to the next idea — How can we iterate to evolve to get an advantage? I can assure you we’re very forward thinking in that regard.”
He also said a key to the Warriors’ success is making executive decisions like a CEO as opposed to an NBA owner. “You can’t make decisions and act the way some owners do,” Lacob said. “The team really belongs to the community.”