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Looking back at how Joe Lacob 'took' Warriors away from Larry Ellison

Looking back at how Joe Lacob 'took' Warriors away from Larry Ellison

Joe Lacob and Peter Guber agreed to buy the Warriors from Chris Cohan on July 15, 2010. They shocked the world because it was assumed that Oracle co-founder, Larry Ellison, would gain control of the team.

Since we are exactly 10 years removed from the franchise-altering event, it's a good time to remind everybody how Lacob and Guber pulled it off.

To do so, we turn to a comment the late former NBA commissioner David Stern made in the summer of 2018.

“Larry could’ve made the purchase, but he didn’t," Stern told Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. "He skipped a beat and Joe moves right in and took the team away from him.”

Wild stuff indeed.

Lacob and Guber's investment group paid $450 million, which wasn't as much as Ellison's offer.

"Although I was the highest bidder, Chris Cohan decided to sell to someone else," Ellison said 10 years ago. "In my experience this is a bit unusual. Nonetheless, I wish the Warriors and their fans nothing but success under their new ownership."

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Speaking of success, the Warriors reached the NBA Finals five straight years from 2015 to 2019, winning three championships in the process. Additionally, the franchise relocated to the brand-new Chase Center in San Francisco.

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You combine all of that and you understand why Forbes in February valued the Warriors at $4.3 billion. But for Lacob, it's always about what lies ahead.

“You have to be an optimist, you have to work harder than anyone else and you have to be looking to the future all the time," he told Strauss in July 2018. "You can’t rest on your laurels.

"If we’re going to rest on our laurels, all right, we might as well go sit on the beach and call it a day.”

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Suns troll Warriors' Draymond Green over $50K fine for Booker remarks

Suns troll Warriors' Draymond Green over $50K fine for Booker remarks

Draymond Green had some choice words about the Phoenix Suns and star Devin Booker during a recent appearance as an NBA analyst on TNT.

"It's not good for him. It's not good for his career," Green said. "... They gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere where he can play great basketball all the time and win, because he's that type of player."

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After the NBA announced on Sunday that Green would face a $50,000 fine for tampering with his comments, the Suns' Twitter account decided to have some fun with the situation while sharing a highlight video of Booker.

Green never has been one to shy away from speaking his mind, and also already has gone back and forth with longtime media nemesis Charles Barkley during other appearances on TNT's NBA coverage.

Don't be surprised if Draymond is a little more careful with his words going forward during his on-camera appearances.

Steph Curry offers to caddie for Collin Morikawa after PGA title win

Steph Curry offers to caddie for Collin Morikawa after PGA title win

The 2020 PGA Championship from Harding Park was the first major of the season to be completed without fans, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the United States. 

But among the select group of people in attendance for Sunday's final round was golf aficionado and Warriors star Steph Curry.

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Curry and the Warriors weren't one of the 22 NBA teams invited to the league's restart of the 2019-20 season in Orlando, as it has been a quiet offseason so far for Golden State.

Steph even joined the post-round press conference, asking the first question of Collin Morikawa, the Cal graduate who won the event by two shots. 

"If you need a caddie for the next three months, I'm available."

Curry offered to caddie for Morikawa, who despite spending his college career in Berkeley, proudly exclaimed that he's not a Warriors fan (Morikawa is a Los Angeles native).

The Warriors star recently played in the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, finishing fourth among the celebrity-laden field.