Chronicle Conversation -- Joe Lacob, Part 2
Let's dive right into the Chris Mullin the specifics of it. One of the things when you took over he was you wanted to get more of those players activated and right into the Golden State Warriors and -- was key. Because he left the previous regime in a very ugly divorce how did this night come about what was the Genesis of. Chris -- retired. Well. As you know Rick accident Chris was inducted into the hall of fame last summer. And right around that time I think -- slightly before then I called him and I said. You know I think it's fantastic -- getting to you so deserve it and I just once you do now I know that it didn't end well. I've heard all the stories. Actually I wasn't privy to all of them until I got into the organization and it was pretty ugly. I felt that was inappropriate the sky was a fantastic player for this organization. People loved him in the community. He's you know Olympian than some of the great things and we I felt that we felt that we should honor him. And I said at the appropriate time next year I want you to know that we actually wanna retire your Jersey what have you back into the organization. We want you know had to be a part of -- And he was very we -- great little discussion actually talked a few times after that and of course the lockout. Kept that from happening for awhile but we managed to a schedule that got him there and and we planned so long heart for this. And I thought it was a great event. It was a great event up until the point when there was an awkward change that that happened -- let's. Gets delve into more but the reaching up to past players as you reach out to them. What is their response to you are they yearning to come back to the organization in whatever form it happens to be are you finding that they're very open to being a part of that warrior -- Well I'll tell you I have been nothing but impressed with all of them there was a dinner the night before. Not a -- but a cocktail reception in San Francisco at a restaurant. All of the guys showed up for Chris. And it was a wonderful thing and I think you know what I saw what a lot of people that are part of this organization for many many years are part of it today in many cases. But they all felt a certain attachment to it they all enjoyed their time they wanted to be part of this going forward. And I thought it was fantastic last night I was sitting down on the floor -- these guys and you know I'm. Really part of the present and future not the past but it was great to have all of them there. And two to to to see you know how much they all really felt about the organization even though it doesn't have the history of winning all these championships. It still is it's a family and that's we're trying to create. What did other owners and other representatives around the NBA how did they correspond with you in the last twenty hours would have made -- That's an interesting question hadn't been asked that. I have not heard from any other groups no maybe one. It is -- -- prospective text me this morning. And short -- the points that you know welcome. -- -- top. But well it it is to the point it is and the Celtics I was part of that ownership group in a limited partner way. And I have to tell you that was four years of torture. Prior to you know really turning things around there. And you know we've only been to fourteen months and because this was a torturous event but you know we hope to. To bring back winning basketball playoff basketball here we're gonna continue to work hard to do that that clearly is your goal stated so much that. In ways you promise that that was going to happen do you think that maybe that was getting out over the skis a little -- you're excited you're an owner you your competitive as well. But was it a little early to promise playoffs. I know that's been brought up a lot of people and I'm sorry if that offends people or bother some people. But I'm just not and we are not pessimists we are optimist and you know we're all about making things happen going forward. And you know we Mark Jackson all of us I mean what would you have us do. -- -- sit there and say what we wanna be mediocre no we don't wanna be mediocre and you know we're gonna try to live -- of promises and live up to them. You know we may or may not get there this year but we'll get there. You mentioned the trade and that really is a hot button issue in the Bay Area for good or bad reasons. You took on a lot more money in making the trades that you may prior to the trade deadline how does this maneuvering helped the Golden State Warriors get better. In the coming years. Well. We're doing everything we can't and as a fan I look at this as though I'm a fan just there but it is I am a fan. And I have been for two decades or longer hear my kids -- grown up in this area they're all Warriors fans we all want to change things we want to win. And we wanted badly and we want to do what ever we -- to do it. Money is not an -- commitment is not an object we are going to make it happen and so. We have you know -- draft choices. We didn't have much of a draft we didn't cause that this year previous administration did we now have three draft picks them up in a very good draft. We've gone -- acquired pick up players and taken on some some future cash obligations. And you know it's not just about the money it's about everything else and the commitment that the coaching stuff and everybody's going forward. We're doing everything we can't get there. And I think we've taken a very big step which is what I wanna but he understand here. I know month there was and also happy you know really nice piece is in our organization. We weren't there we were not winning we just it wasn't gonna work. And it took us a little while to test that out figure that out we had changed directions free agency didn't work last summer so we had to be. And we had to make the move to do some different. And that's something different was going to make a big bold move. -- trade by the way we were criticized you know last year for not making a bold move and accurately so. But you can only make them when they're good bold moves and this was a very good bold move for this franchise. We believe.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks about the direction he believes the Warriors' franchise is headed after the trade of Monta Ellis.