Rick Welts Rumors
Diamond Leung: Rick Welts on the losing culture that’d been in the Warriors locker room: “In our locker room where I would credit a coach by the name of Mark Jackson, who came in and really changed the attitude of our players and who started to expect to win.”
Warriors president and COO Rick Welts apologized Friday on Twitter to Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, three days after body camera footage was released showing Ujiri’s encounter with an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy at Oracle Arena. Welts said he was “heartbroken seeing the video” of deputy Alan Strickland confronting and twice shoving Ujiri as he tried to walk on to the court in the waning seconds of the Raptors’ championship-clinching victory over the Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
“We are doubling down on our organizational commitment and accountability in the fight for racial and social justice,” said Warriors President & Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “Joe Lacob and Peter Guber released a statement in May outlining our roadmap; specifically, our organizational Voice, Feet, Heart and Wallet resources; these principles will guide our organizational efforts for many years to come.”
He recalled over the phone last week that in the late ’80s, growing the NBA meant Stern handing a baffled TV executive from Italy a stack of videocassette recordings in hopes the exec would air them when he got back home. “The victories were getting a game that was played 10 days ago aired at a terrible time on Italian television,’’ Welts said. “That’s the kind of thing we considered a victory back then.” Around that time, league officials also attended an international market show in Cannes. “With pretty much a cardboard table and a bunch of business cards,’’ Welts said. “We just tried to grab any television programmer who was there to try to explain to them what the NBA was and why it would be such a great property for their company to air on television.”