Basically for me it boils down to:
- Don't say you're going to win NOW and then keep a team together that has proven it cannot do that... then tank the season when your mistake becomes evident. There is no excuse for amnestying Charlie Bell and keeping Biedrins' HORRENDOUS contract. None. And if they had made the conclusions you cite about Ellis, they should have traded him a LONG time ago. They had years to see what he can and cannot do.
- I don't really buy the idea of Warrior fans "embarrassing themselves" (and no, I was not at the game last night, and would not have booed if I was). You buy your ticket and the owner gets up to speak, you get to boo him. That's the deal.
I agree. How can anyone call Warriors fans an embarrassment? they are the most loyal and passionate fans in the league. and they've had next to nothing to show for such loyalty. obviously cohan was an idiot, and warriors fans deserved much better. but these new owners haven't been much different. so far they've been a lot of talk without much winning. and rather than showing the fans how much the owners/management appreciate them, they are constantly belittling them. when lacob made that idiotic remark about true fans being only season ticket holders, that was all i needed to know about lacob. he made another stupid remark last night with his "now that we've got that over with" statement. he is absolutely clueless. warriors fans have been nothing but loyal. and they've gotten no winning in return and an owner who makes patronizing remarks towards them. these fans have paid a lot of money over the years to see a crappy product. they have absolutely every right to boo if they want to.
With that said, I think you've off base. Lacob GUARANTEED a playoff spot. Among other things. He then tanked the season and traded away a popular player. I actually like the trade but I can see how some people would feel lied to and cheated out of a lot of money. Link: http://www.nba.com/warriors/photos/GSW_Articles.pdf
Regarding C, the night was to honor a guy who never got the Warriors past the 2nd round. It's not like the night was about winning championships.
Regarding D, he has a right to be there, the fans have a right to let him know how they feel. The main defense of what happened I feel is that as a fan you have very few opportunities to do something like that. It's not like Lacob gives a talk to the arena once a homestand. It happened to Cohan back in 2000 and he spent the next decade hiding under a rock.
1. It was a bad show by the fans to boo at the ceremony. No matter what you may think of Lacob, booing takes away from Chris Mullin's moment. It was not the right time.
2. Lacob also made a bad decision to speak after Mullin. If it's Mullin who is being honored, he should be the last to speak. This does show a bit of glory-hound vibe from him, though I'd also note that this is not always a bad thing (see Cuban, Mark).
3. I understand the fans' frustration, but I do think it's ironic that they took to booing the owner presumably because they are upset over the Monta Ellis trade. The irony is that the Ellis trade is probably the first forward-thinking move the Warriors organization has made in years. I'm not saying it'll definitely work out, but at least they are finally trying something bold. I would boo a lot of decisions the franchise has made over the last 20 years, but not this one.
Thanks for the correction there. I only saw clips of the booing and didn't realize that Lacob picked up the microphone after Mullin said his bit. I actually agree with you then that in doing so, Lacob did sorta make the night about him as well and that wasn't really well thought out, to say the least.The moment was about Mullin, not Lacob. He chose to speak AFTER Mullin. He wasn't intro-ing him. It was a bad idea. It's clear to me Lacob loves the spotlight. That's fine, but he better win or this is going to keep happening. (Especially if he keeps pursuing an arena in SF and whiffing on free agents).
Even THEN, it wouldn't have been right for the fans to boo during a ceremony honoring one of the few legitimate superstars the team has had over the past couple decades. Sure, there aren't many chances you get to boo the owner in his presence, but are the fans really too immature to corral their feelings, however reasonable they may be, for a more appropriate setting?
Again, I like the trade, I would not have booed Lacob on Mullin's night (and even if it wasn't, Lacob hasn't done enough wrong yet). But after two decades of futility and two years of promises and bluster about winning and competing, I can see why someone would boo the guy who just waved the white flag.
Lacob made a bad situation much worse by:
A) taking the mic AFTER the man of the night, Mr. Chris Mullin
B) standing there like an indignant school teacher waiting for the crowd to quiet down
C) making reference to the booing in his speech.
D) not really Lacob's fault, but letting blowhard Rick Barry get involved. Having Rick Barry get up and chastise the crowd for being classless was like throwing gasoline on a fire
Fans can (and probably will) boo Lacob any night when he sits court side.
But, really, what chance has he had to improve the team this year (except for amnestying Biedrens). There was limited free agency and pre-season practice due to the lock out. Brandon Rush has been fairly useful, Dominic McGuire can guard almost anybody (shut down Love in the third qtr until Mark Jackson inexplicably took him off that duty). Nate Robinson is now the starting point guard. Curry's ankle trouble could not have exactly been predicted. Now he flips Stephen Jackson for Jefferson and (SA's protected 1st round pick) who can provide scoring minutes of his own off the bench. I think Lacob and Co. have done remarkably well given what they've started with.
How to Annoy a Fan Base in 60 Easy Steps
Wow, this breaks things down in point by point torture. A short history lesson from 1976 onward...35 years of terrible.