I'm late to the discussion but Lacob should've known better. This was Chris Mullin's Night. How could he not see this coming? The reality is, he probably did and didn’t care.
Here’s the issue, what kind of guy is so self centered that he couldn't stay out of the spot light for one night and let Chris enjoy his night? No, he had to be front and center of the attention.
What? You don't think so? Revisit the first comments out of his mouth, praising the ceremony that HE orchestrated for Mully. If you could see the parenthetical comments on his note card’s it would probably look something like this:
"Current ownership (ME!) feels it’s important to embrace Warrior history (because I’m trying to build my brand and make money). Something, that previous ownerships haven’t always done (I’m better than they were). I mean, come on man. Really?
This just oozes of, "hey, I know this is Mullin’s night but here’s a self serving sales pitch about myself. Does he really think we’re so dumb that we don’t notice what he’s really saying? Or does it matter? It’s his team; he can say whatever he wants, right? Like… it's about "RESPECT!" -Enter dramatic Pause.
"Okay, now that’s out of the way" (let me publically honor Mully with a cheesy vacation for the efforts of his ENTIRE CAREER because the appreciation of his peers, his family, the fans & the community LEAVES ME OUT OF THE SPOT LIGHT!)
This was a public speaking catastrophe that could’ve been prevented with elementary forethought. Mr. Lacob, you’re better than this. You’re smarter than this. You’re smart enough to pull of one of the best trades in the last decade of Warrior history but not smart enough to say, "Hey, I recognize some of you are upset… but this isn’t about me, it’s about Chris. You can get at me another time. I Just couldn’t let the opportunity pass to tell him publically, Thank you. Good night."
Or how about just not touching the mic at all?
In the word’s of Chris Carter on the Blitz, "C’mon Man!" The only good thing he did last night was allow Rick Barry to grab the mic. We’re all so much less ego-centric than Rick that he almost camouflaged your muff.
Look, I believe in Joe Lacob. I love the trade. I also love the fans in the bay area. I will forever maintain that if you pay for a ticket to a sporting event you have the RIGHT to cheer or boo as you please. So let’s stop blaming the fans. This clearly isn’t their fault. This should’ve been handled much better.
Keeping it real.
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