Warriors’ owner’s “light years ahead” comment has become a meme around NBA
” (The Warriors are) light years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things.”
That was Warriors’ co-owner Joe Lacob in a New York Times Magazine profile of himself and the Golden State ownership group, where he talked about the turnaround in the organization. Make no mistake, Lacob, Peter Guber and the front office team with the Warriors deserve credit — if it weren’t for the legendary disaster that was Donald Sterling, the Warriors under Chris Cohan would have been the worst run team in the NBA. If not professional sports. Warriors ownership did turn the ship around and put them on a course to a title and becoming a 73-win team.
Still, that quote was arrogant. There are a lot of other smart, established ownership groups who make smart, forward-thinking decisions. It rubbed people the wrong way.
And after they lost in the Finals after being up 3-1, the quote basically became a meme. A running joke. Check out what Brian Windhorst said in a recent ESPN Podcast.
Other executives enjoyed watching the Warriors getting taken down a peg in the Finals.
Then they groaned when the Warriors landed Kevin Durant this summer. The Warriors have reason to feel a little bit arrogant heading into this season.