One wonders whether Joe Lacob appreciated the irony of his situation while he was being vilified by the mob at Oracle as the man who germinated the root of the current Warrior muddle was being deified, all at Lacob’s insistence mind you. It was, after all, Chris Mullin who traded those conditional first round picks to obtain the highly desired Marcus Williams, an all star subsequent to his Golden State tenure … in the Puerto Rican Basketball League. Consider the first round picks from 2004 through 2008 under Mullin’s stewardship – Andris Biedrins, Ike Diogu, Patrick O-Bryant, Marco Belinelli, & Anthony Randolph. In theory, these players should be reaching their NBA prime about now. The bad news is most of them are no longer Warriors. On the other hand, the good news is that most of them are not Warriors. Surely Lacob wallowed in the satire of hoisting the #17 banner as Biedrins cashed his game check from the radioactive long-term deal given to him by Mullin and continued his inexorable plunge into the infamy of biggest NBA wusses of all time. Meanwhile Lacob & Co. are left to attempt to execute the rare double-steal by trading the team’s best player for a talented, but frequently injured center who, swear to God, will be healthy from here on out while hopefully insuring that the team loses often enough in the short-term to insure it gets a lottery pick this year. Most assuredly Lacob must have inhaled deeply the air of farce as another man who traded a fan favorite for future promise was lauded by the masses. So enamored with Brandan Wright and a $10 million trade exception was Mullie that he traded Jason Richardson for the privilege of obtaining Wright and said exception on draft day. As it goes with Mullin draft picks, the oft-injured Wright is now a journeyman occasionally making an occasional tantalizing contribution to his current team when not whiling away his days on the injured reserve list. As for the $10 million trade exception that could have been parlayed into a serviceable NBA player who might have later been traded by then or current management for something to ameliorate the current Warrior morass, well that expired unutilized long ago.
No, I suspect Joe Lacob could not grasp the tragic burlesque of his circumstance. Let’s hope there is a special place in heaven for owners who venerate past players and endeavor to clothe their downtrodden franchise. It appears there is no such haven at Oracle.