Welcome, Saviors

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.

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4 responses to “Welcome, Saviors

  • Chris Humpherys

    Homers.

    It’s been proven that quality ownership will make a break a franchise.

    If you have two guys that give a damn, that’s a huge step in the right direction.

    By merely mentioning the phrase “Western Conference Finals,” I get images of you and Chap, jumping around in circles and giggling like school girls.

  • Chappy81

    Couldn’t agree more. This year feels totally different than years past. I think it was that elephant in the room named Chris Cohan! We’ve been good fans, and now I think we were rewarded with some good owners that seem to care about the fans.

    I always found it amazing how loyal the fans were! I guess when you never really have a winner, you think every year could be your year haha!

    I hope Monta’s wifey keeps him in check!

  • mceezy

    I don’t want to sound like a skeptic, bc I’m not…. but I’m hesitant to fall in love with the new owners just yet. I think everyone’s just relieved it’s not Cohan anymore at this point. They’ve made all the right moves so far, namely half price tickets and half price concessions for their first game as official owners.
    And I’m going to disagree that I’ve been there for some empty nights in the early part of the decade. 2000-2001 was a lonely year, but just because the fans weren’t ALL at the arena, they could still name 10 guys from that year’s roster. Guy’s like Mookie Blaylock, Danny Fortson, Bob Sura, Chris Porter, Chris Mills, and Marc Jackson. There’s definitely no such thing as a fairweather Warriors fan.

  • tophatal

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    Now another reason for the Warriors to be even more Hollywood . Anyone who’s seen the crap that has been produced by Guber as a movie producer will certainly understand what could very well be in the offing .

    tophatal …………. 🙂

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