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Monta Ellis: Joe Lacob 'deserved' boos at Chris Mullin jersey ceremony

Monta Ellis: Joe Lacob 'deserved' boos at Chris Mullin jersey ceremony

On March 13, 2012, Golden State traded fan-favorite Monta Ellis to the Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut.

Six days later, the Warriors retired Chris Mullin's No. 17 jersey during halftime of their game against the Timberwolves. And during the ceremony, the Oracle Arena crowd incessantly boo'd owner Joe Lacob to voice its displeasure with the franchise's decision to part ways with Monta.

It was a night Warriors fans never will forget.

Klay Thompson recently said that he felt bad for Monta because the 2005 second-round pick found out he was being shipped to Milwaukee by watching "SportsCenter."

To nobody's surprise, Monta wasn't happy with how the transaction transpired because team executives told him hours before the deal became official that he would remain with the Dubs.

“Not only so much that they traded me, (but) just how they went about trading me," Monta recently told Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. "If they would’ve traded me and let me know the process of everything that was going down, it would’ve been a whole lot better.

"I mean, that was a career-changing experience right there."

The 2006-07 NBA Most Improved Player was watching live from his hotel room in Portland when Lacob got showered with boos.

“I was laughing — but crying at the same time,” Ellis told Thompson. “Because it was bad. It was like, man, all I did for that city, for that organization. Put my body on the line. Even when they doubted me when I came back from my ankle injury.

"I felt like I deserved to know everything that was going on with the process of that whole little thing. It just went sideways. So when I (saw) that I laughed and I said, ‘He deserved it.’"

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At the time, Dub Nation was fed up with losing and didn't have faith that things would improve.

Fast forward nearly eight years later and it's safe to assume that Warriors fans everywhere are extremely thankful that Lacob and Peter Guber own the Warriors.

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Rick Barry doesn't understand why Kevin Durant left Warriors for Nets

Rick Barry doesn't understand why Kevin Durant left Warriors for Nets

Warriors legend Rick Barry isn't upset with Kevin Durant for his decision to leave Golden State for Brooklyn. He's just a little confused.

"I'm hoping someday [Durant]'s gonna come forward and actually explain why it is he made the decision to leave because personally, I can't figure out what reasons would justify wanting to leave the situation that he's in," Barry told TMZ Sports.

"It's such an incredible opportunity to be one of the greatest teams in the history of your sport," Barry continued. "You have great teammates who can help you to achieve the goal of winning more championships and not have to carry the whole load yourself, be in a new arena that's gonna be fantastic, with great fans. So it's hard for me to conceive of why he wanted to leave."

Still, Barry isn't letting his confusion get in the way of recognizing the totality of Durant's contributions in a Warriors uniform, which he insisted are worthy of having his jersey retired, albeit unofficially.

"I mean, heck, if he hadn't gotten hurt or been injured, he could have easily maybe been the three-time (Finals) MVP of a world championship team," Barry argued.

[RELATED: Why Hardaway loves Lacob's decision about Durant's No. 35]

Durant is expected to miss all of next season while recovering from a ruptured Achilles, but Barry is looking forward to seeing him back on the court and will cheer for him when that time comes -- that is, unless he's facing Golden State.

"I wish him all the best but I will root against him when he plays against the Warriors when he comes back from his injury," Barry said. "So sorry for your injury and we'll pray for you that you will have a full and speedy recovery, and I look forward to watching you perform in the future."

Warriors reveal Oracle Arena's first box score before final game in Oakland

Warriors reveal Oracle Arena's first box score before final game in Oakland

Back then, it was known as Oakland Coliseum Arena. Still, Nov. 29, 1966, marked the Warriors' first game ever at Oracle Arena. 

Thursday night will mark their last. 

Before the Warriors play the Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in what will be their last game ever at the iconic arena, the team released the box score from their first game ever in the building. Take a look at history. 

The San Francisco Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls that night, 108-101. Hall of Fame small forward Rick Barry led the way with 40 points on 30 field goal attempts. The next-highest scoring Warrior was point guard Paul Neumann with 17 points. 

While that November night was the Warriors' first game at what eventually became known as Oracle Arena, they still played in San Francisco that season. The arena wasn't the Warriors' home until the team moved from San Francisco to Oakland starting in the 1971-72 season. 

[RELATED: Courtside seats for Game 6 break Finals record at $69K]

From winning the NBA Finals in 1975 to the "We Believe" team in 2006-07, to making five straight Finals, the arena will go down as one of the most history-rich buildings basketball has ever seen. 

And on Thursday night, the Warriors and their fans, can give it the perfect goodbye.