Steinmetz: Lacob Still Not Warriors' Owner


Steinmetz: Lacob Still Not Warriors' Owner


OAKLAND -- Well, turns out Joe Lacobisn't going to be the owner of the Warriors by Friday, which wassomething NBA commissioner David Stern had wanted.Looks like it's going to be November.Over the past two weeks, all the word was that the completion of theWarriors' sale was imminent, and that the deal was a lock to go through -- and Stern confirmed all of that in a conference call last week.Stern said that he expected the deal would likely be done by today orFriday. He also said at the time there was a "signed contract," andthat "the deal is going to close."It still will, if you ask anyone involved in or even around theprocess. On the one hand, yes, there's been a little bit of a delay,and yet on the other there is still plenty of time.Stern said during last week's call that he originally had hoped Lacoband his partner, Peter Guber, would be in place by Wednesday'sseason-opener against the Rockets. He then said Thursday or Friday.Back in July, Lacob talked of a 60- to 90-day process. We're over 100days now since Lacob agreed to buy the team from Chris Cohan for arecord 450 million.But the reality of the situation is that the deadline for the deal to be completed is Dec. 31.Here's Stern's whole quote from last week's conference call:"We had hoped that there's a signed contract, the deal is going toclose. There are all kinds of related agreements that have to beexecuted in connection with it, and there are some details finaldetails being worked out. So we had hoped that it would have closed byWednesday. That would have required us to get the vote out today (Oct.22). It's probably not going to happen. We haven't gotten the finalword on a couple of documents. So it's going to go out sometime nextweek, and it'll likely close by Friday of next week."Doesn't look like that's going to happen.I touched base with Lacob before Wednesday's game, and he declinedcomment. But he indicated the sale was unlikely to happen by Friday,but everything was on track.And there's no reason to believe it isn't. Just going to take a little while longer.What's on your mind? Email Matt and let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

Kerr clarifies Cousins' lack of NBA All-Star Game minutes

Kerr clarifies Cousins' lack of NBA All-Star Game minutes

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that the limited minutes allotted to former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in the All-Star Game Sunday was unrelated to a pending trade.

Cousins played only two minutes -- the shortest stint by any All-Star since Connie Hawkins in 1971 -- because that was the big man’s wish.

“I asked every guy before the game started how much they wanted to play,” said Kerr, who coached the Western Conference All-Stars for the second time in three seasons. “He told me he wanted to play two minutes. He was serious. He said he was banged up. It had nothing to do with (a trade).”

After six-plus seasons in Sacramento, Cousins was traded to New Orleans shortly after the All-Star Game, with the official announcement coming Monday.

Kerr initially thought Cousins was requesting to be limited to two minutes per half. When Kerr and assistant coach Mike Brown conveyed that plan, Cousins was quick to clarify.

“He said, ‘No, no: two minutes total,’” Kerr recalled.

When Kerr pointed out that Cousins actually played two minutes, 24 seconds, the newest Pelican flashed a sense of humor.

“I went over? By 24 seconds?” Cousins said. “That should be a fine for you, coach.”

Warriors big men Pachulia, West close to return

Warriors big men Pachulia, West close to return

OAKLAND -- The Warriors reconvened Wednesday and received good news, going through a light scrimmage that for the first time in weeks included centers Zaza Pachulia and David West.

The better news for the Warriors is that both were upgraded to questionable and could return as soon as Thursday night, when they face the Clippers at Oracle Arena.

“I would say there’s a good chance both of them would play tomorrow,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We’ll see.”

Pachulia has missed the last eight games after straining his right rotator cuff on Jan. 29 at Portland.

“The pain is gone,” Pachulia told “I can’t say I’ll be cleared, but there is no more pain.”

Pachulia is expected to reclaim his starting role despite Kerr’s acknowledging that JaVale McGee has been “fantastic” while starting the last eight games.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Kerr said. “I’ve got to make that decision. I want to make sure first that (Pachulia) is healthy. And it depends, too, on what happens with David. Is David healthy? Are they both playing? There’s kind of a domino effect on all of this stuff.

“I would anticipate that, ultimately, Zaza will be back starting. I liked that whole rotation. JaVale has helped us dramatically, and he’ll be playing a role. It’s a center-by-committee situation. But right away, we’ll see how we play it.”

West has missed the last 14 games with a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb, sustained Jan. 18 against Oklahoma City.

West was to undergo an X-ray late Wednesday, after which it was anticipated he would receive a clean slate.

The only players that did not scrimmage are All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. All four were given an extra day off in the wake of their participation in All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

“Just being in New Orleans for those four days, there’s no rest whatsoever,” Kerr said. “Those are the guys who played the most minutes. The All-Star break is such a great time to recharge.”