SBD/November 14, 2011/Franchises

Warriors Owners Make Upgrades To Business Operations, Oracle Arena

Lacob (l) handles daily operations, while Guber is the entertainment expert
Joe Lacob and Peter Guber since buying the Warriors last year have "overhauled the business and basketball operations, renovated Oracle Arena and the team's headquarters, and subbed out the maligned medical staff," according to Rusty Simmons of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Along the way, they have "shown innovative thinking and have been willing to spend big money for small on-court advantages." They hired Bob Myers to be assistant GM, Mark Jackson as coach, Rick Welts as President & COO and convinced Jerry West to join the exec board. Simmons noted while some other franchises have been "cutting staff during the league's lockout, the Warriors are making upgrades." They "renovated the team's headquarters, making the offices transparent with large openings, an abundance of light and glass walls, and offering a nod to the franchise's history with floor-to-ceiling photos of former players in the halls." The players' locker room has been "renovated, the Oracle Arena food is being reviewed, the sound system has been improved, and Wi-Fi has been added for all fans." Plans are being made for a "high-definition enhancement to the scoreboard, and conversations have started about music, mascots and improving mobile/social networking options." As "perfect complements to one another, Lacob handles the daily operations and Guber is the entertainment expert." They "take their time, study all sides, ask thoughtful questions and then act with resolve" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/13).
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