Year 1, or Year 2 of Lacob Era?

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Year 1, or Year 2 of Lacob Era?

All right, so I was thinking about this other day: Will Warriors owner Joe Lacob be able to get his team into the playoffs in his second year?

Then I started thinking more about it, and I realized that Lacob doesn't consider this his second year of ownership. He obviously believes it is his first. He consistently points out that he didn't officially acquire the Warriors until November 2010, after last season had begun.

Lacob also made it clear at the season-ticket holder function at Oracle Arena recently that he views this as the start of his ownership tenure. The pamphlets handed out to the 3,000 or so fans that night was titled: "A celebration of NEW, an evening for YOU."

He also talked of Warriors fans deserving better than one playoff appearance in 17 years. That's factually true, but it also means that Lacob is putting last season's 36-46 record on previous owner Chris Cohan's ledger.

Lacob obviously feels he can make that claim because he now does have what looks like his own -- and a complete -- basketball operations staff in place. Assistant GM Bob Myers, executive board member Jerry West and coach Mark Jackson were all hired after the Warriors' 2010-11 season was complete.

Fair enough.

At the same time, Lacob bought the Warriors more than 14 months ago -- last July. He acknowledged at least minor involvement in the David Lee signing and took plenty of credit for signing Jeremy Lin. There is little doubt Lacob made the final call less than a week before training camp began to fire Don Nelson and replace him with Keith Smart.

Even Kirk Lacob, Joe's son who was recently named the Dakota Wizards' GM, was on the court at all the Warriors' practices -- from the beginning of the season. Joe Lacob sat in the first row at midcourt at the Warriors' season-opener against the Rockets.

At the end of that season-ticket holder event, fans left Oracle Arena to Michael Buble's song "Feeling Good," the one that goes "It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life " In other words, the same song that was played against Houston on Game 1.

All I'm saying is I'm calling it Year 2 of Lacob's ownership. What do you think and does it even matter?

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

OAKLAND -- Amid the recovery mission that followed the absence of Kevin Durant, as every Warrior eventually pitched in, Shaun Livingston stood virtually alone as someone who wasn’t doing his part.

The Warriors, and Livingston, would like to believe that is about to change.

When Livingston made 3-of-4 shots in a 112-87 rout of the Mavericks on Tuesday night, it was the first time he shot higher than 50 percent on multiple shots since Feb. 28, the day Durant went down with a knee injury.

“You go through slumps,” Livingston said after practice Thursday. “Fortunately for me, I’ve played long enough to know. You keep shooting. Keep pushing forward, good things will happen.”

As the Warriors lost that game at Washington, and four of the next six, Livingston’s usually reliable midrange game disappeared. In the first 10 full games since Durant was sidelined, Livingston shot 18.8 percent (6-of-32).

So his teammates did the heavy lifting. Andre Iguodala excelled as the steady vet. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green dipped and then came hard. Stephen Curry climbed out of his rut and started dancing again. The big men -- Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West -- were titanic. Pat McCaw, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and James Michael McAdoo filled in the gaps.

They had to, because Livingston the most reliable shooter on the team was nowhere to be found.

“We all want to play the best that we can,” Livingston said. “But the reality is it doesn’t work that way all the time.”

On Tuesday, for the first time this month, Livingston looked like himself. He was the guy who shot 55.6 percent in October, 54.4 percent in November, 57.6 percent in December, 58.9 percent in January and 54.1 percent in February.

“It was good for Shaun to see the ball go in the rim,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s had such a great year shooting the ball, and then the last couple weeks he hit a dry spell. Which is going to happen to everybody.”

The “dry spell” was shocking, because it was Livingston. He’s in the final weeks of his third season with the Warriors, and throughout that time there was only one month in which he shot less that 49 percent (47.5 in March 2015). Signed in July 2014 to be the team’s No. 3 guard and primary backup to Curry, Livingston is shooting 51.9 percent in his Warriors career.

The Warriors would like to think he’s ready, once again, to do his part.

“Last game was good for him, just to make a few and see the ball go in,” Kerr said. “I’m confident he’ll get it going.”

Warriors forward Matt Barnes 'trying to kill' the Kings

Warriors forward Matt Barnes 'trying to kill' the Kings

The Kings waived Matt Barnes during the All-Star break.

Less than two weeks later, he signed with the Warriors.

On Friday, Barnes will square off against Sacramento at Oracle Arena.

"I'm trying to kill 'em," he told the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau on Thursday. "Simple."

In 54 games (13 starts) with the Kings this season, Barnes averaged 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting just under 33 percent from deep.

His final game in a Sacramento uniform came against the Warriors on Feb. 15. He registered 15 points and 14 rebounds.

"Things didn't go well there," Barnes added. "They're the enemy now."