Joe Lacob Warriors envisions the long-term greatness of the Chase Center

San Francisco – Warriors owner Joe Lacob hears chats and sees your tweets. He knows the voice of the masses and the media and knows what is being said on radio and television. And he has to feel validated by the 2021-22 Warriors.

Do. He will tell you that and rightly so.

The Warriors faced many questions throughout the off-season, from the NBA draft to the commercial market and free agency. After failing to make the playoffs for the second season in a row, what will be the next step for the Warriors? They had lottery picks, though the consensus was at least one on the move. Everyone outside thought the front office should be making profitable moves now with the Warriors heart on the other side of the 30’s, and the idea that the rest of the league was catching up.

But Lacobe and many others maintained their belief that the Warriors, who continued under the leadership of Steve Curry (34), Clay Thompson (32) and Draymond Green (32), were still at the top of their powers and could contend for championships nowadays while building the bridge to The future of Young Dubs in Jordan Paul (22) and James Wiseman (21) before drafting Jonathan Kominga (19) and Moses Moody (19).

As he sat on the Chase Center podium on Monday with the Warriors days away from hosting the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals, Lacobe may have patted his back. He was right.

“I know we – I, [general manager Bob Myers], The Organization – I had some criticism from some people that we should exchange all the drafts that we should get another great player or something,” Lacobe told reporters on Monday. I was very persistent about it, and so was Bob. This was not the way we were going.

“We want to be good for a long time, we want to be great for a long time.”

Some have compared it to the San Antonio Spurs, and the Warriors weren’t shy about admiring the franchise. But the warrior method has brought a lot of victories for a long time now. It’s hard to argue.

Just as it was hard to argue a lot with the majority of Lacope’s decisions, as well as Myers and others.

This season, Lacob noted, success has always rested on the shoulders of Carey, Thompson and Green, as always. It then moves on to Andrew Wiggins, Paul, Kevin Looney, Otto Porter Jr. and other contributing players as well. The higher your ceiling is from your stars, the more room there is for a higher peak than the surrounding players.

This is what the Warriors have been able to do in the past with players such as Andre Iguodala, Sean Livingston, Andrew Bogot, Leandro Barbosa and others. Only this time, two 19-year-olds will have big minutes on the bigger stage while the Warriors are still waiting for the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft just two years ago.

As Lacob waits to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the fourth time, he stands inside his shining award to San Francisco and the rest of the world. At the moment Lacobe, Peter Guber and a group of investors agreed to buy Chris Cohan’s $450 million Warriors in July 2010, they were eyeing a future move from Oakland to San Francisco. The Chase Center opened in 2019, and in October of 2021, Forbes estimated the Warriors’ value at $5.6 billion.

From within the Chase Center, to the outside in Thrive City, Lacob’s vision is realized as warriors return to their winning ways.

“Personally, I’m just as proud of the Chase position – personally, now – as I am with this team,” Lacob said. “I can’t even tell you how hard it was to get this done. It took seven years, and in this city, it’s probably harder than any other to do it. And you know, it was all fired up, it was all private money. To be Honestly, I’m proud. We didn’t have to take money from the police, firefighters, and many social services. I think we’re all proud of that.

“How does she look? I think she looks great. I love her. Every night I get goosebumps when I walk into the ring. I literally get goosebumps. I just love her. I love basketball, I’ve loved her my whole life.”

Whether it’s Curry, Green, other players or coach Steve Kerr, this season’s subtle messages have been sent to the fan base while also calling for patience. This is a relatively new building. Identity formation takes time.

The controversy takes place between Chase Center and Oracle Arena, just as with everything else, winning handles everything.

“For 50 years I’ve been going to games. I’ve been going to every arena in the world. And to me, there is no arena in the world better than this arena, Chase Center. It just needs experiences, like this first, to give it that history that Oracle has. or somewhere like that [Madison Square Garden]at least a long time ago anyway.

“I think that’s the great thing about it. We love this building. Our players love this building, our partners love this building and it has been well presented.”

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Lacob grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts, as a Celtics fan until he was 13 and the family moved to Anaheim, where he is now surrounded by Los Angeles Lakers fans. When Lacob took ownership of the Warriors, he was quoted as saying how he wanted the Golden State to be like the Celtics and Lakers, or even better.

That’s what he knew, he was chasing nothing less than greatness. The Warriors have been the superior team lately, but when Lacop is reminded that the Celtics have won 17 championships, his eyes and ears bulge as if his competitive edge is about to leap out of his body.

He wants what they have, he wants more. Being awesome today, tomorrow and day in and day out for years to come.

“That’s our goal,” Lacob said. “Our goal is to always be really good at challenging the title. Otherwise, there’s no point in doing that.”

After more than 15 minutes of meeting with the media, Lakop gave the Boston the upper hand in the Celtics-Lakers competition, while also adding in the Warriors’ history.

“I’m going to give you a statistic that I think is just the most incredible statistic,” Lacob says. “The Celtics are great. Jerry Boss has owned the Lakers for 33 years. Does anyone know how many Finals he has made in 33 years? Sixteen out of 33. Now who – which Fabulous.

“Now we’ve made six in 12. So, I like the 50 percent average. I don’t know if we’ll continue with that.”

“But I sure as hell would try.”

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