Private company, public face

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Private company, public face

In Joe Lacob's time as Warriors owner, he's taken enough jabs at the media that you know it's not by accident. At last week's season-ticket holder event at Oracle Arena -- in front of 3,000 -- Lacob took a couple of more swipes.They're all good-natured, of course, but they've come so consistently there's got to be something there, right?Apparently, there is.After the event, Lacob said the media has, in fact, been a challenge. But he was also quick to term his frustration level with the media and "everything that's out there" only "minor." In March, it was reported that he had made an insensitive remark regarding the Warriors' season-ticket holders during the Sloan Analytics Conference in Boston.Lacob was said to have said something, in essence, like this: "Only season-ticket holders are real fans." Whether he said it or not is unclear, and even if he did he most certainly mis-spoke. But in this day's instantaneous news cycle, he paid the price.
He's also taken some media hits for looking very much like he'd like to move the Warriors to San Francisco as well as appearing quite self-assured about building a winner."I hire and fire people all the time," Lacob said recently. "I know how to analyze markets. I've been involved with the Celtics. The only thing you can't be prepared for coming into this role is the daily dealing with the media and how they you're a private company but you're really a public company."
It can't help but get easier. If nothing else, Lacob will get more used to it. One of the things he promised to Warriors fans after purchasing the team more than 14 months ago is to be more accessible. Previous owner Chris Cohan was seldom seen and he was heard even less.So Lacob has agreed to do plenty of interviews, answer questions on the team's website and even sit in the front row of Oracle Arena consistently. Put it this way, he's not hard to find."It's very different than any of the other business I deal with," said Lacob, who made his money as a venture capitalist. "This is very different. Honestly, it's the hardest thing. It really is."With all due respect, it isn't. Turning the Warriors into a winner will be much harder.

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.

They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.

And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”

Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.

Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.

It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.

“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”

Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.

“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”

Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”

These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.

“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.

“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”

The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.

“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.

“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.