Golden State Warriors WiretapFebruary 2019 Golden State Warriors Wiretap

Joe Lacob Reveals Warriors Moving To Phase 3 To Become 'More Than A Basketball Team'

Feb 27, 2019 10:55 AM

Joe Lacob says he had a three-phase plan when he bought the Golden State Warriors in 2010 that is about to enter the third phase.

“To be honest, I will just leave you with this," said Lacob. I will say that, I look at this as a three-phase process, the Warriors, this whole exercise.”

He continues, “We bought the team with the intent of building a championship basketball team, turning the Golden State Warriors from a not-so-successful basketball franchise into a very successful one. That’s Phase 1.”

Lacob then continues talking about the second phase.

“Phase 2? Make it a good business. It wasn’t a good business before. I know people like to say it was, and maybe it’s because it wasn’t a good basketball team, but we’ve obviously brought a lot of great management in here. We’ve done a good job, we’ve created a very good business, we provide our customers with great value, I think. And we’re one of the better businesses in the NBA.”

Lacob then talked about the plan with the Warriors moving to their new San Francisco arena in 2019.

“Now, the question is, what do we do with it all then?” said Lacob. “And I call that Phase 3. At some point, we’ll talk about that, but I want this to become more than a basketball team. I want it to become a sports entertainment, media and technology company. It’s not just a team. That will become clear over the years. You can see, we’re into eSports, which is related. We’ve got some other things that we’re working on as well. Utilize the management that’s here, utilize the resources we have, utilize the brand that we have, to turn this into something a little bit bigger. But I think that’ll all become obvious later. Right now, we’re trying to get this arena open.”

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NBA Rescinds DeMarcus Cousins' Shoe Toss Technical Foul

Feb 27, 2019 9:28 AM

The NBA has rescinded a technical foul assess on DeMarcus Cousins for throwing the loose shoe of Jeremy Lamb off the floor.

The league has been cautious about objects flying into the stands, but upon further review, the league decided against the extra punishment for Cousins.

Cousins, who was defending in the area, picked up the shoe with his right hand and tossed it to the sideline. He was whistled for a technical foul by official Brian Forte right after the shoe flew out of bounds. 

"Next time I'll just step on the shoe and roll my ankle, break it, tear an Achilles," Cousins said after the game. "Just leave it out there next time. I guess that's what they want. I'll keep that in mind."

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DeMarcus Cousins On Injury Recovery: 'I'm In Bad Days Right Now'

Feb 24, 2019 12:04 PM

DeMarcus Cousins admitted that he was struggling to recover from an Achilles tear as teams exploit his lack of explosiveness on the defensive end.

“Guys are attacking me on the pick-and-roll, that’s obvious. I just gotta be ready for it, be prepared for it, and try to stay out of foul trouble," said Cousins following the Warriors' 118-112 loss to the Rockets.

Cousins was -17 in the plus-minus category for the game.

"Nobody in this league is going to feel sorry for me and I know that. I’m going to go out and battle as much as I can and do what I can. There’s gonna be good days and bad days through this process. I’m in bad days right now,” added Cousins.

Scott Ostler/San Francisco Chronicle

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Draymond Green Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle, Will Be Re-Evaluated On Sunday

Feb 24, 2019 2:33 AM

Draymond Green sprained his ankle in the 4th quarter of the Golden State Warriors' 118-112 loss to the Houston Rockets. 

Green, who did not return to the game, will be re-evaluated on Sunday.

Steve Kerr added that he didn't think the injury was serious. 

"I talked to Draymond briefly and he said he thought he sprained the same one early in the game. A little tweak. We'll see. I don't think it's a really serious injury, but we'll have an update [Sunday] I guess," said Kerr. 

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Draymond Green Close To Hiring Rich Paul As Agent

Feb 23, 2019 9:47 AM

Draymond Green is close to hiring Rich Paul of Klutch Sports as his agent.

Green was previously represented by Wasserman.

Green is scheduled to be a free agent in 2020 if he doesn't sign an extension with the Golden State Warriors this offseason.

Green is averaging 7.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 43 games this season for the Warriors.

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Stephen Curry Feels He's Better Now Than Unanimous MVP Season In 2016

Feb 21, 2019 12:43 PM

Stephen Curry won two straight MVPs in 2015 and 2016, but he's largely been out of the conversation since the Golden State Warriors added Kevin Durant in 2016.

Curry, however, feels he's a better player than he was when he was a unanimous MVP in 2016.

“I definitely feel like I’m better than I was three years ago,” Curry said. “It’s a good feeling knowing successes I’ve had personally don’t get in the way of progress with the team, getting better and finding ways to expand your game. Experience, more maturity and being challenged in new ways definitely helps.”

Curry then paused before going through the list of players who have won three MVPs.

“How many guys have three? Michael, Bird, LeBron …”

Curry's voice trails off before the rest of the elite company is revealed: Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Moses Malone.

“If it happened, you could add me to that list,” Curry said. “Anybody who’s had one knows the feeling of what it’s like to hold that trophy up the first time, and the next time. You know how driving of a force that can be.”

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Warriors Lift Minutes Restriction For DeMarcus Cousins

Feb 21, 2019 12:25 AM

DeMarcus Cousins will no longer be placed on a minutes restriction, according to Steve Kerr. 

Cousins had been averaging 23.4 minutes per game after coming back from his Achilles tear.

"I don't think we'll change the plan too much in terms of how we're going to play him in the rotations and all that, but I think once we get back into the rhythm we can absolutely play him for longer we're entering a different phase of the season. We'll see how it goes, but nothing's set in stone," said Steve Kerr.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

Andre Iguodala Replaces LeBron James As VP Of NBPA

Feb 19, 2019 9:32 AM

Andre Iguodala has been elected as vice president of the National Basketball Players Association.

Iguodala has served as vice president of the Executive Committee since 2013. He will replace LeBron James in his new role.

"I am honored to be chosen by my peers to step into this position and take on a larger responsibility within the NBPA," Iguodala said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing my work with (NBPA executive director) Michele (Roberts), Chris Paul and the Executive Committee to accomplish the best possible outcomes for the union and our future members."

In other elections, Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon, Boston's Jaylen Brown and Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo were elected to serve as vice presidents on the Executive Committee.


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Steve Kerr Fined $25K Following Ejection

Feb 14, 2019 8:32 PM

The NBA fined Steve Kerr $25,000 for "verbally abusing and confronting" an official during Golden State Warriors' 129-107 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kerr was ejected after throwing down his clipboard while he argued a flagrant foul call on Draymond Green late in the 4th quarter.


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Stephen Curry To Be Featured On Facebook Watch Docuseries

Feb 12, 2019 3:01 PM

Stephen Curry will be featured in a six-episode docuseries called "Stephen vs The Game" to air this spring on Facebook Watch.

The series will be similar to "Tom vs Time" starring Tom Brady that was on Facebook Watch last year.

The new series follows Curry over the past year, beginning during last year’s playoff run and subsequent championship with the Golden State Warriors.

“We believe that athletes are their own media companies,” Dan Reed, Facebook’s vice president of global sports and media partnerships, said in an interview. “And via social platforms like ours, we’re really focusing on athletes being able to take advantage of this medium in ways that weren’t possible before.”

Ben Strauss/Washington Post

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NBA: Refs Missed Kevin Durant's Double-Dribble On Final Possession Versus Heat
The Warriors went on to hit two free throws to win the game after the no-call.

Tim Reynolds/The Associated Press

Kevin Durant's Thirty Five Ventures Moving Into New York Office
Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman refer to each other as "my best friend" and sometimes even "brother."

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Knicks Delete Image Of Kevin Durant In Pitch To Season Ticket Holders
Kevin Durant will be a free agent this offseason and the Knicks are expected to pursue him.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Kevin Durant After Getting Picked 1st By LeBron James: What Else Is He Supposed To Do?
James selected Durant with the 1st pick for the All-Star Game for the second straight season.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Kevin Durant Breaks Silence, Tells Media To 'Grow Up'
Durant added that he didn't trust the media and he just wants to play basketball.

Ann Killion/San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Durant Expected To Be Viewed As NBA's Best Player After Beating LeBron In 2017
Kevin Durant voiced how he was "tired of being second" all the way back in 2013.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/The Athletic

Kevin Durant Potentially Signing With Knicks 'Has Never Felt More Real' To Warriors
Rival executives believe that the Knicks have good inside information about their ability to sign both Durant and Kyrie Irving this summer.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Kevin Durant Has Avoided Post-Game Interviews Since Kristaps Porzingis Trade
The Warriors haven't provided an official explanation.

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

Joe Lacob: No Team Will Outspend Warriors
Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green will all be free agents within the next two years.

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