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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?

Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season

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Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season

Despite the severity of Gordon Hayward's injury, there was a small bit of hope that he might be able to return this season.

It appears that won't happen.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night and is "unlikely to return this season," his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

"We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein told ESPN.

The Celtics' prized offseason acquisition suffered the terrifying ankle injury just five minutes into his Boston debut on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia.

After playing in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Celtics returned to Boston for their home opener on Wednesday against the Bucks. Prior to the game, a 30-second video message from Hayward to the fans was played in the arena.

“What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said. “I’m going to be all right. It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight.”

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.