A year into Lacob era, who remains with Warriors


A year into Lacob era, who remains with Warriors

Aug. 30, 2011


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Matt Steinmetz

It's been more than a year since Joe Lacob bought the Warriors from Chris Cohan. It was mid-July 2010 when Lacob pulled off the upset and beat out Oracle CEO Larry Ellison for the team.Since then Lacob has talked of being bold and making dramatic changes, and to an extent he's done that with the hirings of Jerry West as basketball consultant, Bob Myers as assistant general manager and Mark Jackson as coach.But Lacob did say he was going to take his time with other decisions, most importantly the ones that involved high-ranking employees under previous ownership. Here's a look at which Warriors' employees remain now that Lacob is more than a year in:
BASKETBALL OPERATIONS:Larry Riley, general manager: Remains.Travis Schlenk, director of player personnel: Remains.Keith Smart, head coach: Out.Jerry Sichting, assistant coach: Out.Calbert Cheaney, assistant coach: Out.Rob Werdann, assistant coach: Out.Lloyd Pierce, assistant coach: Out.Mark Price, shooting coach: Out.Mark Grabow, director of athletic development: Out.John Murray, strength and conditioning coach: Out.Frank Bernard, assistant athletic trainer: Remains.Eric Housen, equipmenttravel manager: Remains.Speedy Claxton, scout: Remains.Larry Harris, basketball consultantscout: Remains.Kosta Jankov, scout: Remains.Lee Mayberry, scout: Remains.Scott Pruneau, director of scouting: Out.Mike Riley, pro scout: Remains.Pat Sund, basketball operations coordinator: Remains.BUSINESS OPERATIONSRobert Rowell, president: Out.Neda Barrie, senior executive vice president of business operations: Out.Travis Stanley, senior executive vice president of team marketing: Out.Ben Shapiro, executive vice president of sales and partnership development: Remains.Dwayne Redmon, vice president of finance: Out.Brandon Schneider, vice president of ticket sales & services: Remains.Pat Cassidy, senior executive director of corporate partnership development: Remains.Terry Robinson, senior executive director of arena operations: Remains.John Beaven, executive director of ticket sales: Remains.Dan Becker, executive director of broadcasting: Remains.Erika Brown, executive director of human resources: Remains.Raymond Ridder, executive director of public relations: Remains.Kyle Spencer, executive director of team marketing: Remains.BROADCAST TEAMBob Fitzgerald, television play-by-play announcer: Remains.Jim Barnett, television & radio analyst: Remains.Tim Roye, radio play-by-play announcer: Remains.

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

OAKLAND -- Though much has been said about the agonies and challenges facing Steve Kerr, including speculation about when, or if, he’ll return as head coach of the Warriors, little has been put into words that capture the significance of his absence.

This is perhaps because it can be difficult to explain how one man is able to influence a roster of supremely talented athletes, at the wealthiest point of life, with wildly divergent personalities, at different career stages.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows perspective as well as anyone in the NBA, took a moment Saturday to cut through the palaver and pity to offer a clear and vivid illustration of Kerr’s value as a man and as a coach.

“It’s just his presence, his personality,” Livingston began. “His character, the way he fits in with us. He’s kind of the battery pack, in the sense that he makes everybody go. He keeps us all (in harmony), everybody from staff, training staff, coaching staff to the players.

“He bridges the gaps, in the sense of communication, and he makes it light.”

In short, Kerr’s value to the franchise is far greater than his duties as a coach. He has an easy, breezy charisma insofar as he’s so comfortable submerging his own ego while being remarkably good at making everyone matter.

Moreover, Kerr is decidedly inclusive, explicitly emphatically open to ideas. He’s an outreach specialist whose sensibilities are contagious.

All of which helps create a sprightly and genial workplace, something the Warriors sought when they hired Kerr to replace the swaggering and dogmatic Mark Jackson in May 2014.

“Every day it’s something new, in a sense, and that’s hard to do,” Livingston said. “We’re here for six to nine months for the past couple years, seeing the same faces. So it is kind of like a job. But (Kerr) makes it more like a game and tries to make sure we’re enjoying ourselves out there.”

Kerr wants to live his life and coach basketball around four basic tenets: joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition. Maintaining a balance of the four can be difficult, especially when Kerr is dealing with the searing pain that has him on the sideline for an indefinite period.

But Kerr never strays far. His players seem to see and, more important, feel that.

Draymond Green and Kerr, each volatile in his own way, don’t always see eye-to-eye. Yet Green on several occasions has noted that Kerr “always seems to find the right thing to say, at the right time.”

Veteran David West points out that anyone who spends any time around Kerr can sense his basic humanity. Veteran Andre Iguodala, one of the team’s co-captains, speaks of Kerr’s curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons.

Stephen Curry, the other co-captain, kept the ball from the Warriors’ Game 4 win over Portland last Monday night, punctuating a series sweep, and gave it to Kerr, who missed Games 3 and 4 while coping with this prolonged post-surgery pain.

Lead assistant Mike Brown, the acting head coach in Kerr’s absence, concedes he has benefited from being around Kerr and this team.

“The tone he sets is the best I’ve been around,” said Brown, who has been involved in the NBA since 1992. “This is a special, special situation, and he’s big reason why.”

So it’s not just Livingston who throwing rose petals at the boss. He just happened to convey in a few words the effect Kerr has on the team and within the building.

“He’s our leader,” Livingston said. “He’s somebody that we count on.”

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

OAKLAND -- One day after every member of the Warriors participated in a full scrimmage, the official health updates were released.

Veteran forward Matt Barnes, out since April 8, is listed as probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that begin Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out since sustaining a finger/hand injury in Game 1 of the first-round series against Portland on April 16, is listed as questionable -- but with an asterisk.

“Hopefully, we’ll be ready for Tuesday,” Livingston said after a light workout Saturday.

Livingston informed NBCSportsBayArea.com earlier this week that he would have been available, hypothetically, if the Warriors were facing a Game 7.

As for Kevin Durant, who missed five weeks with a knee injury before returning April 8, only to sustain a calf strain in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, he’s fully available.