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Warriors Notes: Lacob, West, Walton

This week marked the five-year anniversary of the transfer of Warriors ownership to Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, and Lacob doesn’t apologize for the bold talk that marked his tenure from the start, when the Warriors were still a losing team, as Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group relays. Thompson, in his wide-ranging interview with the co-owner, asked Lacob if he considers himself a power broker among owners in the league.

“Winning gives you respect amongst your peers,” Lacob said. “People are kind of blown away in the league by how we’ve been able to do it this fast and this well.”

See more on Lacob and his team amid news on the defending champs:

  • Lacob is delivering results similar to late Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss but doing so with a much different personality, observes Warriors executive board member and front office consultant Jerry West, who’s worked under them both, in a podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Bay Area News Group.
  • Phil Jackson first encouraged Luke Walton to explore the idea of coaching while he was still a player, and Walton’s style leans more toward the Zen Master’s than Lute Olsen’s, his college coach, writes Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee. Still, Walton’s coaching philosophy is changing over time. “I think it’s a natural progression,” Walton said. “It’s probably been developing in me before I even realized I wanted to be a coach just from the coaches I played under. But since I’ve gotten into this coaching business, I kind have spent more thinking about it and trying to pick up as much as I can from different people.”
  • Monte Poole of wonders what might have been if the Warriors had hired second-choice candidate Stan Van Gundy instead of Steve Kerr, noting that Van Gundy and Kerr both believe in having space and movement on offense and power forwards who can shoot 3-pointers.

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