Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Kirk Lacob joined the “NBA This Week” on 95.7-FM The Game in San Francisco and talked a lot of subjects in and around the Warriors and NBA. Lacob joined us from Santa Cruz, site of this week’s D-League Showcase.
Lacob, the 27-year-old son of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, discussed several topics with Matt Steinmetz and John Dickinson, including: What the Warriors need right now, if anything; the futures of Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli; an update of rookie Kevon Looney; how to keep his ego in check; and a disagreement with his dad about Stephen Curry.
The “NBA This Week” also welcomed Israel Gutierrez, ESPN.com NBA columnist and frequent panelist on “Around the Horn” and “The Sports Reporters. Parts of Lacob’s interview is below. To listen to all segments of the “NBA This Week,” click here or at bottom of text.
–On if he’s had time to reflect on helping win a championship:
Lacob: “As a lifelong Warriors fan sometimes I have to pinch myself and wonder how this team got to be the envy of every other team, maybe in all of North American sports, not just basketball. It is a really amazing feeling. That being said I never doubted it for a second that we’d be able to reach this pinnacle. Being around my dad my entire life I knew that when he said something he meant it and it was going to happen eventually. I think the first conversations he and I had and he said ‘let’s turn this around. I think we can build something special in five years.’ Lo and behold, it took exactly five years.”
–On any tinkering the Warriors might do or what, if anything, might they be looking at to improve:
Lacob: “We would love to continue to develop our depth as a team. You never know what can happen. We were missing Harrison Barnes for 16 games, Festus Ezeli has missed a few games, Andrew Bogut a few games. Even Steph. We would just like to have more great depth so we want to continue to develop some of our bench players. … We’d love to have another guy who can shoot, another guy who can defend multiple positions. We’re always going to look for those.”
–On the ability to retain both Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli:
Lacob: “Our goal is to win. That’s the absolute No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 goals — to win. We’re obviously doing that now. We have a really good core. Both those guys are a part of the core. Hopefully we’ll have this team for a number of years to come. If it costs a lot of money it’s going to cost a lot of money. It probably will. A lot of our players have come up in free agency the last year or two and if they continue to perform we’re going to continue to pay them. We’re 34-2, we’re trying to get a second championship here. There’s a lot of room for improvement of course, but there’s a lot of power to continuity.
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Not enough credit goes to this management. Especially on how Lacob got booed during that Mully ceremony. That was so bogus. The Warriors made a trade for a player that always hoped to have and they gave up a selfish player who had troubles within the organization ever since his moped accident.
Lacob came in and he hired people that he thought would take their team to their goals — West, Meyers, Jackson and eventually Kerr. His team paid for every player they needed to have… What more can you really ask for as a fan in terms of an ownership group?