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.”