Steinmetz: Lacob Still Not Warriors' Owner


Steinmetz: Lacob Still Not Warriors' Owner


OAKLAND -- Well, turns out Joe Lacobisn't going to be the owner of the Warriors by Friday, which wassomething NBA commissioner David Stern had wanted.Looks like it's going to be November.Over the past two weeks, all the word was that the completion of theWarriors' sale was imminent, and that the deal was a lock to go through -- and Stern confirmed all of that in a conference call last week.Stern said that he expected the deal would likely be done by today orFriday. He also said at the time there was a "signed contract," andthat "the deal is going to close."It still will, if you ask anyone involved in or even around theprocess. On the one hand, yes, there's been a little bit of a delay,and yet on the other there is still plenty of time.Stern said during last week's call that he originally had hoped Lacoband his partner, Peter Guber, would be in place by Wednesday'sseason-opener against the Rockets. He then said Thursday or Friday.Back in July, Lacob talked of a 60- to 90-day process. We're over 100days now since Lacob agreed to buy the team from Chris Cohan for arecord 450 million.But the reality of the situation is that the deadline for the deal to be completed is Dec. 31.Here's Stern's whole quote from last week's conference call:"We had hoped that there's a signed contract, the deal is going toclose. There are all kinds of related agreements that have to beexecuted in connection with it, and there are some details finaldetails being worked out. So we had hoped that it would have closed byWednesday. That would have required us to get the vote out today (Oct.22). It's probably not going to happen. We haven't gotten the finalword on a couple of documents. So it's going to go out sometime nextweek, and it'll likely close by Friday of next week."Doesn't look like that's going to happen.I touched base with Lacob before Wednesday's game, and he declinedcomment. But he indicated the sale was unlikely to happen by Friday,but everything was on track.And there's no reason to believe it isn't. Just going to take a little while longer.What's on your mind? Email Matt and let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell


With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...