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SBD/March 7, 2011/Franchises
Warriors' Joe Lacob Under Fire After Comments About Bloggers
Published March 7, 2011
LOSING FAITH: The MERCURY NEWS' Kawakami writes under the header, "It's Getting Harder To Have Faith In Warriors Owners." Lacob is "not quite the Warriors fans' gallant knight anymore." The "problem for his reputation is that Lacob has painted himself as both an expert basketball man of action and a man of the people." But "so far the expertise/action has not been displayed, and Lacob has had some bumpy moments with the fan interplay." Lacob said that in his initial comments about bloggers he was "referring to several profanity-laced e-mails that he has received, not to the fan base at large." But those comments "resonate because in the recent past Warriors officials have at times been dismissive of general critiques and because Lacob has retained several executives who did the dismissing." Kawakami: "How can Lacob believe the executives who got the Warriors into this muddle are the right ones to get them out?" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/7).
GETTING TECHNICAL: The S.F. CHRONICLE's Simmons reported the Warriors are "one of five franchises ... to have high-tech cameras installed at their arenas in hopes of gaining more advanced metrics." Sportsmetricians Consulting Founder Sandy Weil Saturday at the MIT conference "explained some of the data generated from his cameras, which have three-dimensional capabilities, capture 25 images per second and record everything on the court" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/5).
ONLY GAME IN TOWN? In Oakland, Monte Poole writes Sacramento's "misfortune will become the Bay Area's good fortune" if the Kings leave for Anaheim. Four months into their ownership of the Warriors, Lacob and co-Owner Peter Guber are seeing their $450M investment "become considerably more valuable." They are a "few fine details away from running the only NBA franchise between Los Angeles and Portland." If the Kings leave Sacramento, the Warriors "can expand their reach, siphoning a few more fans and a little more interest from Sacramento and neighboring cities, as well as the Central Valley" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 3/7).