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Report: Steve Kerr tabled contract extension talks until next summer


Report: Steve Kerr tabled contract extension talks until next summer

Steve Kerr is under contract through the 2018-19 season.

During the offseason, the Warriors' head coach chose to table conversations about an extension until next summer to make sure everything checks out health-wise this season, according to The Athletic's Tim Kawakami.

“We just agreed we'd wait,” Kerr told The Athletic on Sunday night. “I've got two years left on my deal and wanted to make sure that everything went well this year health-wise. And I don't anticipate any issues going forward.

“I don't have any desire to be anywhere else. So I'm sure when we get down to it, we'll come to an agreement pretty quickly. 

"I'm a horrible negotiator. But I'm not going anywhere else. I have no desire to coach anywhere else. I love living here, I love the Warriors, I love working with Bob and Joe. Love the players. I'm not going anywhere.”

Kerr is in Year 4 of a 5-year, $25 million deal.

He is still dealing with complications from the back surgery he underwent over two years ago.

Kerr turned 52 years old in September.

“I would expect him to be our coach for a long time,” Joe Lacob told The Athletic. “We did try, but I think he basically just wanted to wait and see how his health was, that was the primary thing.

“We had a couple years to go so we understood that. He understood that. I suspect we'll probably not deal with it during the season and next summer we'll talk again.

“I would like to have him for a very long term. He's fantastic. We love him.”

On Sunday, Warriors GM Bob Myers discussed Kerr's health.

“I think he's doing better. I can't gauge where he is on a scale of 1 to 10, but I think it's better than it's been," Myers told The Athletic. "But it's a question you probably have to ask him.

"Seems to be doing OK. Maybe the management is better. But as far as I view him, he seems OK.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Warriors’ Joe, Kirk Lacob put up millions as e-sports franchise owners


Report: Warriors’ Joe, Kirk Lacob put up millions as e-sports franchise owners

The Lacob family already has it all in the NBA. Looks like it's time for a new challenge as the Warriors go for their third championship in four seasons. 

Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob and his assistant general manager son Kirk have been accepted into the North American League of Legends Championship Series as the newest e-sports series franchise owners, according to Jacob Wolf of ESPN

Joining the e-sports world as franchise owners of the world-wide game will not come without a large price tag. 

The Lacobs will hand over a $13 million entry fee for the League Championship Series over the next few years. First, they must pay an $8 million fee upront. Not owning an existing franchise in prior League of Legends seasons will cost them $3 million alone. 

This isn't new for the Warriors. Joe Lacob is the third Warriors co-owner to buy an e-sports team in the last 18 months. Peter Gruber is a leader in aXiomatic, an investment group that purchased majority stake in Team Liquid back in July of 2016. Also, minority owner and venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya is a part of a $3 million seed round of funding for e-sports organization Cloud9.

Personal preference: Kings get to host All-Star Game before Warriors


Personal preference: Kings get to host All-Star Game before Warriors

The Golden State Warriors, pressing their advantages to the maximum as is their financial wont, have submitted a bid to host an NBA All-Star Game no sooner than 2021.

This is much is known, though. While Michael Jordan is likely to be there, neither Chris Cohan nor his son are likely to join to reprise their special moment from the 2000 game in which Cohan was presenting an award to Jordan at the game, brought his son with him to the floor, and still got booed by the crowd as though he had set fire to Santa Claus in front of Mother Teresa on national TV.

Chris was, you see, not very popular.

But the Warriors’ bid, which will no doubt be approved once the kinks of the new building are sorted out, also flies in the face of Joe Lacob’s old pal Vivek Ranadive, who already has a new building in Sacramento and would like to have his own All-Star Game.

The most noteworthy problem in Sacramento, of course, is that there aren’t enough hotel rooms to satisfy the demand, and the B&B business isn’t so thriving that it can cover the overflow.

But it is also Sacramento, one of the league’s typically more forlorn franchises, and the team hasn’t hosted a game since 1966 – three cities and four buildings ago, when Sacramento was Cincinnati and Golden 1 was the Cincinnati Gardens.

In short, while the Warriors would just be piling on its massive marketing and attraction advantages, Sacramento probably needs the game more. It would at least give Ranadive one less to envy the team he tried to run but couldn’t and has tried to chase but can’t.

And somehow, given Lacob’s relationship with Ranadive and vice versa, a joint venture seems out of the question.

Thus, knowing that this is clearly a wrong-side-of-history argument, I’d prefer (to the extent that I care) that Sacramento get something sooner than Golden State, if only so the league will at least acknowledge that the franchise exists beyond David Stern preventing it from being moved to Seattle.

And if Adam Silver has to sleep at City Hall in a pup tent next to Jerry Brown because he can’t get into the Hyatt Regency, well, I can live with that.