Steinmetz: Guber, Lacob Talk of Change


Steinmetz: Guber, Lacob Talk of Change

Matt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- As I watched Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, the new Warriors' owners, address about 100 media members at a press luncheon on Monday afternoon, I couldn't help thinking one thing:Chris Cohan would never do this.I don't know if Lacob and Guber are going to be any better at running the Warriors than Cohan, who went to the playoffs just one time in 16 NBA seasons, but they'll certainly be different.At least that's the way they're talking. Of course, that remains to be seen.To say that Cohan didn't like the limelight would be an understatement. But Lacob and Guber are very different when it comes to that. Lacob is more than comfortable in front of a microphone and camera.And Guber? Hey, he's a Hollywood guy; he thrives in front of those things.It seems apparent that Lacob and Guber are going to be visible, accessible and involved. Heck, Lacob already has shown he's going to be a factor. He did so by initiating the Jeremy Lin signing and being the impetus behind firing Don Nelson.Lacob said his son, Kirk, will be the team's director of basketball operations.Cohan went years without speaking to the media. It's doubtful Lacob or Guber will go a month without some kind of statement or weigh-in on the state of the team.Lacob already is talking about big moves, winning championships and a possible arena in downtown San Francisco. Guber wants to know how to get more kids to games at Oracle and spoke of improving the quality of the in-house entertainment during games.Lacob already has been sitting in the first row for most of the Warriors' home games -be they regular season or preseason. Cohan rarely made his way down to his courtside seats, instead preferring to stay more secluded in his luxury suite above halfcourt.During a 45-minute question and answer period, Lacob stressed that this was a "new day" for the Warriors. And seeing he and Guber on-stage, taking questions and answering them, it sure seemed that way.And yet it was impossible not to notice Lacob and Guber were escorted into Epic Restaurant on the Embarcadero by team president Robert Rowell. And all of the team's top level executives were present.Bob Fitzgerald, the Warriors' play-by-play announcer, presided over the day's proceedings.Lacob talked of "assessing" and "evaluating" and "taking some time," to get a full grasp of the lay of the land. That's how he addressed personnel changes and front-office changes.So, yeah, on the one hand, there was a tangible feeling of change with the Warriors. Lacob and Guber are nothing like Cohan, that much is obvious.But what everyone wants to know is whether they're different than Cohan when it comes to running the team.
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Kevin Durant takes shot at Zaza Pachulia while center's kid play one-on-one


Kevin Durant takes shot at Zaza Pachulia while center's kid play one-on-one

Kevin Durant doesn't take it easy on anyone. Not even the children of teammate Zaza Pachulia.

After practice on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pachulia's two sons, Davit and Saba, were playing one-on-one at the facility the Warriors were using. Kevin Durant filmed one sequence and posted it to his Instagram Story.

One of Pachulia's sons grabbed the ball and drives around the other without dribbling. As he makes the shot, Durant offers his commentary and took a shot at the Warriors starting center.

"That's a travel. Such a travel. Same thing your pops do," Durant said, taking a shot at Pachulia.

Durant also had another message for Pachulia written on the video.

"Yo, @zazapachulia at some you have to teach the boys how to play off the bounce," Durant wrote.

Gameday: Warriors limited Embiid, Simmons once; Can they do it again?

Gameday: Warriors limited Embiid, Simmons once; Can they do it again?

After losing the biggest test of the season thus far, the Warriors will try to get back to winning Saturday, when they face the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30, with tipoff scheduled for 4:35.

The Warriors (11-4), who are coming off their first loss in eight games, a 92-88 defeat at Boston on Thursday, laid a 135-114 beating on the 76ers one week ago in Oakland. They shot a season-high 58.5 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent beyond the arc.

The Sixers (8-6) started the season by losing four of their first five games but have recovered nicely, winning seven of their last nine. They rebounded from the loss to the Warriors by sweeping the Clippers and Lakers in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Warriors by 8.5

Draymond Green and Co. vs. Joel Embiid: The Warriors used a tag-team effort to lock down the Philadelphia big man last week, holding Embiid to 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds while forcing seven turnovers. It was a lesson in team defense, and they’ll try to repeat that performance. No fewer than five Warriors -- Zaza Pachulia, Kevin Durant, JaVale McGee, David West and Green -- will get chances to defend Embiid, who responded to a poor game in Oakland by combining for 87 points and 31 rebounds in torching the Clippers and the Lakers in LA.

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

76ers: G Jerryd Bayless (L wrist bruise) is listed as questionable. G/F Justin Anderson (L shin splints), G Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance) and G Nik Stauskas (R ankle sprain) are listed as out.

Tony Brothers (crew chief), Bennie Adams and Lauren Holtkamp.

The Warriors have won the last nine meetings overall, the last four in Philadelphia. Their last loss in Philadelphia was on March 2, 2013.

WHAT ABOUT STEPH? Stephen Curry has fallen into a bit of a shooting rut, and it’s not necessarily related to the thigh bruise sustained last Saturday against 76ers. He is 20-of-61 (32.8 percent) from the field, including 9-of-33 (27.3) from deep, over his last four games; he was 34-of-58 (58.6) and 18-of-32 (56.3) in the four games before that. He’ll get opportunities against the Philly defense. Can he snap out of it?

I-N-T-E-N-S-I-T-Y SPELLS INTENSITY: The Warriors are have a tough time shaking the habit of strolling through too many parts of games. After a first half in which they committed 13 turnovers and allowed Philly to shoot 52 percent, the Warriors last week used a third-quarter barrage to put the game away. After being freshly burned in Boston, expect them to bring some early fire, trying to bury the Sixers early and totally.

BEN SIMMONS PT. II: In sending a variety of defenders at the 6-foot-10 point guard, the Warriors kept Simmons off balance and turned him into a volume shooter. He took 17 shots, his second-highest total of the season, and made six. There is no reason to expect a substantial change, and this time the Warriors will add Andre Iguodala into the defensive mix.