Warriors Owner Joe Lacob Booed at Chris Mullin’s Jersey Retirement Ceremony
Last night former St. John's, Golden State Warrior, and Indiana Pacer great Chris Mullin joined very elite company. Mullin become only the sixth Warrior to have his jersey retired. That's no small feat considering the franchise dates back to the early days of the NBA.
Mullin, however, was not the story last night. Warriors owner Joe Lacob was greeted by a cacophony of boos and jeers when he was introduced at the ceremony. Lacob has only been the Warrior's owner since 2010, but the fans took great pleasure directing their decades' long frustration in Lacob's direction.
Other than an improbable first round victory over the Mavericks in 2007, the Warriors have had limited success the last 30 years. The decisions to cut Jeremy Lin and trade Monta Ellis likely fanned the flames. It probably didn't help that the p.a. announcer declared, "We've saved the best for last" when introducing Lacob.
Lacob is actually one of the more likeable owners in the NBA. He is a self made man who has always been passionate about professional basketball. Lacob seems committed to rebuilding the Warriors, but just happened to be the scapegoat for many disillusioned fans.