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Report: Warriors sack top business executives

Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:55 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 3:55 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverlacob

Mama, there go those men to the unemployment line. reports that the Golden State Warriors are taking another major step in an organizational overhaul under new owner Joe Lacob by replacing a number of top-level executives on the team's business operations side. 
In recent days, Lacob has, in his words, “relieved” most of the team’s existing VP- and senior-VP-level business-side executives. Basically, including team president Robert Rowell, most of the senior business side executives Lacob and Peter Guber inherited in November are now out. 

The only exceptions: The top staffers in the sales department. Lacob said that he is now searching specifically for a team president (until one is hired, Lacob is acting as president) and a VP for marketing.

“In the end, all senior positions are or are being replaced except for our sales area,” Lacob said.
It's been a very active year for the Warriors, who replaced coach Keith Smart with Mark Jackson, sacked Rowell, brought on Jerry West to serve as a basketball operations consultant and hired agent Bob Myers to serve as the team's assistant GM.

As with any internal matter, it's difficult to assess the decision-making and logic behind moves like these. However, the timing makes sense. That Lacob didn't completely clear house as soon as he took over was smart, as that impulse could have sunk the organization's ability to operate on and off the court last season.

Taking care of the basketball operations side first also makes sense. An NBA organization can survive with an average or slightly below average business side; without a strong basketball operations department, though, the organization's revenue-generating potential will never be reached. The sharpest accountant or the best budget-trimmer in the world is only going to be the lipstick on a pig for a perennial lottery team.

Now, with a year to have learned the ropes, a basketball operations department assembled in his mold and a lockout to buy him some time, it makes sense that Lacob and company would choose this summer to undertake a retooling or streamlining of the business side of his organization. 

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:52 am

Report: Warriors sack top business executives

Now get a positive team of TV announcers and get rid of the negitive Bob Fitgerald sick of listening to him drool over the competition and rip our team and players! Barnett can stay but team him with a homer annoucer who is behind the team like a Kip and kruk annoucing team.

Whats our record been since fitgerald has been annoucing? time for change

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:46 am

Report: Warriors sack top business executives

This can ONLY be a good thing.  One of the few franchises in the NBA that has a great fan base and yet continually puts an inferior product on the court.  I hope the Warriors can be united as a team, franchise, and business.  I hope that all involved begin to drink the kool aid. 

I cannot imagine the Warriors ever challenging for a divisional title, let alone an NBA title...  THIS is a step in the right direction though.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:43 am

Report: Warriors sack top business executives

Let's hope he keeps the bit of crumpet in the yellow T on though!

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:37 am

Report: Warriors sack top business executives

Yes, Ben, it does seem that the Warriors are moving in the right direction in the right way. Sacking all of them at once is a kindness as anything else leaves the survivors wondering - am I next? The Sales job would be processing the tickets and orders and handling the staffing of that department. It makes sense that the Sales department might be well staffed and functioning while the rest need a change. By contrast the Marketing job requires high community profile and building team revenue. Putting their own people in key positions makes questions of loyalty moot.

For so many years now we have felt for the Warriors' fans, who are among the most passionate in the league and have, of late, seen effort after effort and draft pick after draft pick fail to rise above mediocre. It will be interesting to see what they do on the basketball side under Mark Jackson. I have no doubt that he has studied the personnel and there never will be a better time to clean out those players who do not fit his system. The business side is largely unknown to the public except that Marketing needs to be out in the community promoting the team and gaining new sponsors and advertisers.

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