Steinmetz: Cohan Receiving Offers


Steinmetz: Cohan Receiving Offers

So the bids have been received and now Warriors owner Chris Cohan and the powers-that-be at Galatioto Sports Partners are determining which offers are best.President Sal Galatioto, vice chairman Russ Granik and Cohan began that process on Monday, meeting for several hours at the teams downtown Oakland offices.No doubt, Cohan would like to receive an offer in excess of 401 million, which is what Robert Sarver paid for the Phoenix Suns in 2007. That was a record sale price for an NBA franchise.Whether Cohan can get that much remains to be seen. The two most recent sales of NBA teams didnt yield that kind of figure.Michael Jordan reportedly paid 275 million for the Charlotte Bobcats franchise. Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov recently paid 260 million for an 80 percent stake in the New Jersey Nets and 45 percent stake in the new arena.So, where exactly does that put the Warriors? We know that theyve struggled on the court for more than a decade, but at the same time the Warriors have one of the most loyal fan bases in the NBA and it is the Bay Area, after all.Sports executive Andy Dolich who worked in the front offices of the 49ers, As and Warriors, said on Chronicle Live last week that he expected the process to be a horse race, and that Cohan will get a great number for the team.Multiple outlets reported that Cohan received approximately a dozen offers for the team last week. Some of the suitors are said to be: Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison, 24 Hour Fitness president Mark Mastrov, the San Francisco Giants and a group of Chinese businesspeople.Ellison, one of the worlds richest people, is said to be the frontrunner, although Dolich said its very possible that a person or group that has not been talked about could emerge.Said Dolich: Sometimes the less you say, the more serious you are.What'son your mind? EmailMatt and let him know. He may use it in his weekly Mailbag.

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.

The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.

“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.

Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.

“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”

What fans have is history made, with more in the making.

The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.

Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.

The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.

Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.

Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.

Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.

Even if he suspects others may not.

“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.

“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”

Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage


Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.

Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy." 

In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes. 

All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.