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New Warriors owner installs son in front office

Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:34 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 10:19 pm
New Warriors owner installs recent college graduate son as Director of Basketball Operations. Posted by Matt Moore

For years, the Golden State Warriors have been a relative joke due to the state of their front office. An owner who didn't seem interested in winning, who let Don Nelson have far too much run of the place, and Nelson himself randomly and obtrusively acting in pursuit of some mythical plan's completion. But with the new owners, Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, there's been a lot of positive feelings about the future of the franchise. Before they even took over, they ousted Nellie, installed Keith Smart, and subsequently the team has looked about a billion times better on the floor.

Today at an introductory luncheon for the community and media, though, an interesting item was revealed . Lacob has installed his son, Kirk Lacob, as Director of Basketball Operations. Well, okay, that's not exactly the ideal choice for such a big position, but it happens. After all, Josh Kroenke just took over as owner of the Denver Nuggets. I'm sure Kirk has tons of experience. Let's see he graduated from Stanford in...


On the junior Lacob's LinkedIn Profile (archived image found here ), found by Warriors blog Golden State of Mind , the younger Lacob lists internships at a textbook sales company , founding the Stanford Club Basketball team , and working as an intern with the Celtics.

My first job out of college was a dry cleaner's. Geez.

It's a concerning development for someone of his age and inexperience. Then again, in the same luncheon, the Contra Costa Times reported that the new ownership group say Robert Rowell, current GM, would be sticking around , though his capacity is unclear at this moment. And with Smart on board, there's significant help in the front office. Plus, you have to consider how many former players with no front office history are installed in significant roles immediately after their playing days are over. And at the top of course is the Daddy-O, so maybe this isn't a big deal.

It just looks really, really weird.

Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:11 pm

New Warriors owner installs son in front office

Incredibly savvy move by the new ownership. They haven't really made a mistake so far and bringing in a smart and hard-working, although inexperienced, kid is going to do wonders for the organization. Tough first job, but no doubt more qualified than someone like Adonal Foyle at the Magic for an executive team position. 

We'll see what happens, but solid talent and strong fan base to work around. 

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 7:41 pm

New Warriors owner installs son in front office

Agreed... keeping that idiot Rowell within the organization is the biggest mistake Lacob could make.  Warriors are notorious for making the worst decisions, and it's because you've had dumb and dumber (Cohan and Rowell) at the helm. With Lacob's acumen in professional matters, you would think he'd do his homework and get rid of this guy stat.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:37 pm

New Warriors owner installs son in front office

On a side note.....if Junior Lacob could teach Biedrins how to shoot a free throw then ALL is forgiven and make him the shooting coach!

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:30 pm

New Warriors owner installs son in front office

As long as Rowell is allowed to have any input and or taken seriously, the W's will not progress to the "elite" level like the new owners are preaching. Rowell along with Cohan and Nellie set this franchise back a ton. Need to dump him now!!
It's also too bad that Daddy-O Lacob is inserting his child in the front office like this. IMO, he's not doing his son any favors by doing this.The guy is qualified maybe to start as the asst. equiptment manager. He'll have less than zero credibility with anyone. Yes people will watch out for him but he'll be nothing more than a glorified watchdog for Daddy-O.
Don't get me wrong....anything is better than Cohan/et al but some of these early decisions should be looked at pretty hard.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:18 pm

New Warriors owner installs son in front office

What a complete joke. I read his Linked-In. I don't know if the guy is any good at what he does, but he sure knows how to make worthless internships sound important.

Anyone who lists "AP Scholar with Distinction" in their resume cannot be taken seriously. I was one of those and I don't think I studied more than 2 hours for any AP exam.

Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:30 pm

New Warriors owner installs son in front office

The days have come where nepotism is king in getting a job. Let's see if he handles the pressure of a multi-million dollar business.

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