April 9, 2010STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGEWARRIORS VIDEO
Alvin Attles is finishing his 50th seasonwith the Warriors organization, and theres no other person alive whos beenwith an NBA organization longer.He was a Warrior back in 1962 when the team moved fromPhiladelphia to San Francisco; he coached the Warriors to their only West Coasttitle in 1975; and he was in the gymnasium on Dec. 1, 1997, when LatrellSprewell choked P.J. Carlesimo.Attles has seen firsthand much of the Warriors history,and yet always has been deliberate and reserved about what he has to say aboutit. So when Attles weighs in on the Warriors, it's a little like the old E.F. Hutton commercial.On Thursday night, Attles was a guest on Comcast SportsNet Bay Areas Chronicle Live show, when he was asked a question by host GregPapa about Warriors owner Chris Cohan putting the team up for sale.Papas question followed comments by former Warrior RickBarry, who talked of a loyal fan base that deserved better.Said Attles: You cant speak for someone who wants tosell the team, thats his business. He has to make the decision. But there aresome things that are happening that really he had no control over. People left,but as Rick said maybe a change is whats necessary obviously it must bebecause hes looking to sell the team.(Former Warriors owner) Franklin Meuli told me somethingyears ago. He said an owner is only a caretaker. He only takes it for a periodof time, then someone else takes it so Im sure thats what the thinking isnow.Cohan announced on March 22 that he had hired GalatiotoSports Partners to help him sell the team. Cohan purchased 75 percent of theWarriors in October 1994 from Jim Fitzgerald and Bob Finnane, which made Cohanthe sole owner of the team.
-- Matt Steinmetz