Not completely lost amidst the Warriors near melt down, was the introduction of new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber to the Bay Area public. Their speeches were short, sweet and simple. But the impression left was meaningful. Yes, there’s still plenty of season left, and although a 7-4 record looks, and feels good now, there hasn’t been a 7-4 team to make the playoffs in NBA history. We play 82 games. It’s uncertain how the rest of the season will play out, but we Warrior fans have got to appreciate the new energy that’s surrounding our organization.
It’s easy to give credit to Keith Smart. And he deserves it. He’s so definitive in his demeanor that he even sways me, the harshest critic, into believing that what ever decision he made was the right one, despite the results. He’s a true leader on the sidelines. Credit could, and should be given to the new Monta Ellis. His attitude has been nothing but positive since getting married. His maturity has risen to the point that you forget that he’s only 25. He’s still a kid himself, but he’s ready to be the older brother on this young squad. But I can’t help but think that all this positive energy must have started up top. The very top.
Joe Lacob has experienced winning at the highest level with the Celtics. And now he brings that tradition, and that winning formula to what he calls, a great market. He’s correct. His first words to Warriors’ fans, “You are the best fans …”
Someone knows how to butter us up. But it’s true. Unlike other sports teams in the Bay, or anywhere for that matter, it’s hard to point out a fair weather Warrior fan. Or a bandwagoner. I’ve been going to Warriors games for over 16 years, and from 1994 to 2010, the Dubs have been selling out, or at least coming close to it. I could be wrong, but one things for sure, the arena never felt empty, even when we were losing. And now we have owners who want to reward us for our loyalty and commitment. I can’t wait for these next few years, because I don’t feel stupid for expecting great things.
So on behalf of all Warrior faithful, we just want to welcome Joe Lacob and Peter Guber to the Bay, officially. And thank you, ahead of time.