I am going to make this official by drawing a line in the sand. If Chris Cohen if the majority owner next season, Don Nelson the coach of the Warriors and Chris Mullin is shown the door, I will never spend another dollar on anything Warriors as long as Cohen remains in power.
While reading Ric Bucher’s article this morning, I felt sick to my stomach. I refuse to go through the same excruciating waiting game again because of the incompetence of ownership. The majority of NBA owners would absolutely love to have the dedicated fan base that Cohen has, and he has done nothing to reward that dedication. I have so many good memories of my dad and me going to games in the early 90’s. After the Webber debacle my dad told me he would not go to any more games because the only way to send a message to ownership is through the pocketbook. After the Warriors marketing campaign came up with the brilliant marketing slogan, “come watch your favorite team play the Warriors,” my dad saw this as proof that the ownership did not care about the product they were delivering to the fans. Since that day, my dad has not watched one Warriors game. He still watches a lot of basketball but he will not watch the Warriors. He explained to me that it’s really not hard because “every year when I watch the playoffs, the Warriors aren’t there.”
I have not shared in his pessimism. I have suffered through the last 14 years just like the rest of you. In fact, I became a season ticket holder when the Warriors acquired Baron Davis. Going to the playoff games against Dallas are some of the best sports memories I have. That being said, I am not willing to go through the cycle again. I have already turned down the option on my season tickets. Mullin has made mistakes but he is one of the only GM’s I have seen who didn’t have too much ego to admit his mistakes and clean them up. As pathetic as it is, trading Dunleavy was one of my favorite Warriors memories of the last 15 years. Mullin does not deserve the treatment he is receiving and Chris Cohen has proven to be one of the most incompetent owners in all of sports.
I refuse to support this incompetence. So here is my ultimatum Cohen. Fix this situation before the start of next season or you have not just lost a season ticket owner, you have lost a rabid fan. I have spent a lot of money supporting the Warriors over the years. I thought my dad was overly harsh in the past, but now I am fed up too. Loosing our talented youth in order to keep a coach on his way out is absolutely crazy. I encourage others to join me. The only way Cohen will listen is if his pocket book hurts. It is absolutely sickening the way one of the best fan bases in basketball has been treated. If anyone else has a better idea, I’m all ears.