Why Warriors' loss in 2016 Finals still stings for Lacob


Since Joe Lacob took over as the CEO of the Warriors, there has been plenty of winning for the franchise. Three NBA championships ended up in his hands over a five-year span, setting numerous records along the way.

But as he explained to NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann, it is the two losses for the Warriors in the NBA Finals that resonate the most with Lacob.

"Those are the ones that are hard to live with and you remember so vividly, it's difficult to look back at 2016, and realize that you had won 73 games and you were up 3-1 in the Finals, and Draymond Green gets a suspension for something I don't think he should have gotten suspended for. 

"That's a difficult one to live with."

Green was suspended for Game 5 of the series against the Cleveland Cavaliers after the NBA determined he made "unnecessary contact with a retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin." The Warriors lost the next three games of the series and came up short of putting a bow on the best regular season in league history.

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Warriors fans likely haven't forgotten, as it is one of the most infamous NBA playoff series of all time.

Although the next two seasons brought championships to the Bay Area, not completing such an amazing season with the ultimate prize is something that will resonate with the players, coaches, executives and fans that followed along with that season for a long time.

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