Year 1, or Year 2 of Lacob Era?

Year 1, or Year 2 of Lacob Era?
September 26, 2011, 4:28 pm
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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?

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