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Year 1, or Year 2 of Lacob Era?

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Year 1, or Year 2 of Lacob Era?

All right, so I was thinking about this other day: Will Warriors owner Joe Lacob be able to get his team into the playoffs in his second year?

Then I started thinking more about it, and I realized that Lacob doesn't consider this his second year of ownership. He obviously believes it is his first. He consistently points out that he didn't officially acquire the Warriors until November 2010, after last season had begun.

Lacob also made it clear at the season-ticket holder function at Oracle Arena recently that he views this as the start of his ownership tenure. The pamphlets handed out to the 3,000 or so fans that night was titled: "A celebration of NEW, an evening for YOU."

He also talked of Warriors fans deserving better than one playoff appearance in 17 years. That's factually true, but it also means that Lacob is putting last season's 36-46 record on previous owner Chris Cohan's ledger.

Lacob obviously feels he can make that claim because he now does have what looks like his own -- and a complete -- basketball operations staff in place. Assistant GM Bob Myers, executive board member Jerry West and coach Mark Jackson were all hired after the Warriors' 2010-11 season was complete.

Fair enough.

At the same time, Lacob bought the Warriors more than 14 months ago -- last July. He acknowledged at least minor involvement in the David Lee signing and took plenty of credit for signing Jeremy Lin. There is little doubt Lacob made the final call less than a week before training camp began to fire Don Nelson and replace him with Keith Smart.

Even Kirk Lacob, Joe's son who was recently named the Dakota Wizards' GM, was on the court at all the Warriors' practices -- from the beginning of the season. Joe Lacob sat in the first row at midcourt at the Warriors' season-opener against the Rockets.

At the end of that season-ticket holder event, fans left Oracle Arena to Michael Buble's song "Feeling Good," the one that goes "It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life " In other words, the same song that was played against Houston on Game 1.

All I'm saying is I'm calling it Year 2 of Lacob's ownership. What do you think and does it even matter?

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

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The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

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Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

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Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller