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Warriors owner Joe Lacob regrets 'Light Years' comment but doubles down

Warriors owner Joe Lacob regrets 'Light Years' comment but doubles down

Warriors owner Joe Lacob is a very bold individual.

In a March 2016 New York Times profile, Lacob made a comment that will be attached to him for a long time:

“We’re light years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things. We’re going to be a handful for the rest of the N.B.A. to deal with for a long time.”

In a recent Time article, Lacob admitted that he regrets using "light years." But he still meant what he said.

“I mean, look, I’m a confident guy. I do believe in a lot of the things that we practice and do. I believe in the strategy that we have. I believe in our management team, which I think is the best in the business. I believe in the culture of our players which is built around Steph Curry — he’s a unique individual person, never mind basketball player.

And so you know I meant it in a bit of hyperbole. I didn’t mean it to put down other teams. So if you ask me the question do I believe it? Yes. But I say that not to put down other teams. I didn’t mean it to come out that way.”

Lacob does love playing blackjack, and it certainly sounds like he's doubling down.

The Warriors won three of the last five titles and lost in the NBA Finals the other two seasons.

Golden State's CEO and the rest of the ownership group bought the Dubs for $450 million back in 2010. In February, Forbes valued the Warriors at $3.5 billion.

Pretty decent investment.

And to close the circle on the "light years" comment, Lacob added:

“By the way, all my friends in the business world, they were like, ‘Great article! Great story!’ And all the sports guys were like, ‘What an egomaniac.’

"So you learn from that.”

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Bob Myers addresses speculation Warriors will trade D'Angelo Russell

Bob Myers addresses speculation Warriors will trade D'Angelo Russell

Almost immediately after reports surfaced that the Warriors would acquire D'Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Nets, people began predicting that the Dubs would eventually trade the All-Star guard elsewhere.

On Monday afternoon, Golden State general manager Bob Myers was asked about that narrative.

"I know it's been written and speculated and that's fine -- that's what everybody's job is to do," the two-time NBA Executive of the Year told reporters in Oakland. "We didn't sign him with the intention of just trading him.

"We haven't even seen him play in our uniform yet and a lot of people already have us trading him. That's not how we're viewing it."

Is it possible that the Dubs trade Russell down the line if they have the opportunity to acquire a bigger star (we are looking at you, Giannis Antetokounmpo)? Of course. But that isn't imminent.

In fact, CBA rules prohibit the Warriors from parting ways with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft until Dec. 15 at the earliest.

"Let's just see what we have. Let's see what he is. Let's see how he fits," Myers said. "Part of our job in the front office and the coaching staff and the organization is, 'How does it all work?' I don't blame anybody -- this is maybe fan-driven -- but so much of our sport at least is, 'What are you doing next?' We gotta figure out what we're doing now.

"And that applies to a guy like D'Angelo. We haven't even seen him play ... and we won't even know until Klay comes back how that fits. We're just happy that we got a young player that has a lot of upside in our opinion."

When Kevin Durant announced that he was going to sign with the Nets, the Warriors didn't want to lose KD without getting something in return.

So they agreed to send Brooklyn a 2020 first-round pick (top-twenty protected), and also had to give up Andre Iguodala and a 2024 first-round pick (top-four protected) to make the financials work.

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If they didn't go this route, the Warriors' only path to acquiring someone like a 23-year-old All-Star would be by trading Klay Thompson or Draymond Green.

Now, Golden State has Steph Curry, Draymond, Klay and Russell under contract, and will be able to sign somebody really good next July using the $17 million trade exception created in the Iguodala deal.

As Myers said: "We're excited at the possibilities."

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Steph Curry likes Warriors rookie Jordan Poole's 'F you mentality'

Steph Curry likes Warriors rookie Jordan Poole's 'F you mentality'

Steph Curry is going to need all the help he can get at the start of next season, and the Warriors hope their first-round draft pick can help take some of the offensive load off the two-time NBA MVP's shoulders.

The Warriors drafted Michigan's Jordan Poole with the No. 28 overall selection in June. The young guard garnered a reputation as a gunner in college, and he has the shot-making ability to be an asset alongside Curry this season.

With Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston all gone, the burden will fall on Curry, Draymond Green and new-addition D'Angelo Russell to help the Dubs stay afloat in the newly revamped Western Conference. 

Poole can help by giving the Warriors some scoring pop off the pine, and Curry has liked what he's seen from the young gunner.

Via The Athletic's Marcus Thompson:

Curry said he watched some of the Warriors’ summer-league action. One of the players who jumped out at him was first-round pick Jordan Poole.

Curry loved the youngster’s confidence. He can already see how the Warriors can take advantage of Poole’s aggressiveness and creativity. Sure, the youngster will have his bumps as he learns the ropes. But Curry likes the idea of Poole’s “F you mentality” in the rotation.

Despite their rival alma maters, Green also should appreciate that attitude from Poole, as it's something the five-time All-Defensive selection has in common with the rookie.

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As the Warriors retool in the aftermath of a grueling NBA Finals loss, many are counting them out of the championship picture for next season. With the doubters multiplying, expect every Warrior to take on Poole's mentality, and look for the rookie to help them silence their skeptics.