I just listened to the entirety of Joe Lacob’s interview with Gary Radnich, and I have to say I was very impressed by him. I came away very willing to concede that I have been too hard on him, and that he understands far more about what he has on this team, and how to build on it, than he had indicated with his prior personnel moves and statements. He knows he has something special in both Curry and Ellis, and will be loathe to break them up. He stated very clearly that the Warriors need to get a big defensive shooting guard to protect the Curry and Ellis backcourt. Bravo!
And of course, he stated that the Warriors need a big improvement in the middle. But he hinted that free agency and the development of Ekpe Udoh — not a trade — was his most likely route to finding that.
He also loves David Lee, as I do. I got the very strong impression that Lacob will not entertain the notion of breaking up the core of this team unless and until he gets a look at them performing with those additional defensive pieces surrounding them, and it is proven to him that they cannot make a title run. That’s more than good enough for me.
He also all but called Tim Kawakami a liar (although he stated that he couldn’t remember the “reporter’s” name). This brouhaha surrounding Curry and the Curry-Ellis backcourt appears to be yet another complete invention of the worst sportswriter in the Bay Area, made for publicity. Anyone surprised by that?
Others will be impressed by Lacob’s openness and accountability. He just announced that he and Peter Guber will make themselves accessible by email to season ticket holders. I like Lacob’s openness, but that is secondary to me. I also greatly enjoyed the way Don Nelson absolutely tortured sportswriters (and opposing GMs) with stonewalling and misdirection.
What matters to me is that Lacob gets the basketball right. What matters to me is that Lacob understands what he has in Curry, Ellis and Lee. And that he understands how to build around them.
This interview told me that maybe Lacob does actually get it. Maybe he does actually realize there is more than one way to win a championship in the NBA.
That’s my cue to lay off the Amundson and Lin mistakes — about which I’ve been strident – and look forward with optimism to Lacob’s next moves.