Steinmetz: Warriors Clear Lacob will be Involved


Steinmetz: Warriors Clear Lacob will be Involved

For all intent and purpose, it was Joe Lacob's first day on the job as owner of the Warriors on Wednesday. After consecutive days devoted to the media and a game against the Pistons, Lacob got to walk into the -his- team's downtown Oakland offices.What did he do?Well, for one, he addressed the team."It was good," Monta Ellis said of Lacob's 10-minute talk in the locker room before practice. "We know he's very excited and he wants to win. And he wants to turn this organization around. And that's a good thing."Lacob officially assumed control of the Warriors on Friday. He spent Monday afternoon at a press luncheon then went to the Warriors-Pistons game at Oracle. On Tuesday, it was another full day of media - which included seven half-hour interviews with television and radio at a San Francisco hotel, and then trips to other Bay Area media outlets. Lacob spent time onWednesday shaking hands and meeting with his new employees. -He wentaround the team office, introducing himself to many of the staffmembers, stopping by cubicles and offices alike."He wants to win," Ellis said. "He wants this headed in the right direction. He wants to bring a winning team to the Bay Area so that's something he pinpointed. He's going to do his job as owner, giving us what we need and we'll do what we need to do on the basketball court."Lacob's been an owner for less than a week, but it's apparent he's going to be involved. Already is."It's a good thing because you know he's got your back 100 percent," Ellis said. "When he says that we're a family, that's exactly what he means. Like I said, he's going to be there every home game. He'll be down here (on practice court) a lot. He'll be around most of the time. So he's going to be here with us. That's the kind of energy we need from an owner who wants to make this a winning organization."

Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'


Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

After four years in Oakland, Harrison Barnes was forced to leave town when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant last summer.

Barnes just finished the first year of a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

So, does the former first-round pick miss his old home?

"I like living in Dallas but will always have love for Oakland!!" Barnes said in response to a question on Twitter on Sunday.

Barnes also picked his favorite restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco.

"Belly in Oakland or Amber in SF," Barnes wrote.

Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'


Steve Kerr keeping offseason routine in line: 'I'm not Jon Gruden'

For the third straight summer, Steve Kerr has had a shortened offseason to work with.

While he is working on things for the 2017-18 season, he's not trying to cram as much work into a short period of time. He's taking time to relax and enjoy the summer.

In an interview with The Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday, Kerr pulled back the curtain on how's spending the time before training camp starts.

“I’m on the phone, talking to Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat. It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden, I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room,” Kerr said.

What could Kerr and Myers possibly talk about every single day?

“We talk about players, talk about roles. We talked a lot about Nick Young and [Omri] Casspi before we signed those guys. Talked a lot about our center position. Bob and I talk every day, kind of the first thing in the morning we check in with each other, usually talk for a half hour. We’re really close. He just got back from a great vacation, in Italy,” Kerr said.

Kerr and the defending champion Warriors get back on the court Sept. 30 in a preseason tilt against the Nuggets in Oakland. Then they head to China to play the Timberwolves twice before returning to face the Kings at home on Oct. 13. Four days later, they raise a banner, get their rings and tip-off the regular season against the Rockets.