Thursday, January 20, 2011

Must Read - Q&A with Warriors owner Joe Lacob

You gotta read this Matt Steinmetz's interview with Warrior owner, Joe Lacob. Lacob sees Jeremy much like I do. Amazing. Click here.

33 comments:

  1. dayummm.... couple of offers for lin... thats saying sometihng lol. glad it seems like hes staying in gs so that bayarea fans can possibly see him next year!

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  2. got to say I like this guy. I really like the way he thinks.

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  3. Lacob: He’s getting better, gaining some confidence. We think Jeremy is going to be a good player. His strength is that he’s a very good defensive player because he anticipates very well.

    He’s got size. He’s reasonably athletic. People don’t think so but he is. His driving is good. It needs to improve. He goes right all the time. We shouldn’t say he can’t go left, but he just hasn’t so far. And he clearly has to improve his shooting.

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  4. anyone want to make a guess as to which two teams made the offers for lin? here's mine: houston rockets and the la lakers. lin played great against both teams but his defense was especially good against houston and rick adelman loves defensive guards.

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  5. So Lin has something in common with Zoolander? Now he just needs to develop Blue Steel!

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  6. It could have been the Grizzlies, since he did workout with them

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  7. Is this guy Matt said about JLin can be third PG at most. I think he is wrong and he did not know how other team look at Jlin and Lacob confirmed that.

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  8. Not to wish anything bad, but injuries are part of the game and it will be interesting to see how JLin does if and when he gets the call to return.

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  9. In an interview on Warriorsworld.net Joe Lacob said:

    "Hopefully, overtime, we can teach defense and get these guys better at what they’re doing, have better defensive schemes. But the truth of the matter is, we might need to add some players that are better individual defenders in order to improve the overall team defense."

    http://www.warriorsworld.net/

    Hmm..seems like the team needs to add good on ball defenders with good help defense. I hear there's a guy playing for the Bighorns who's pretty good at this. Hopefully the coaching figures this out.

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  10. I rewatched the fourth quarter of the Tulsa game and think Lin needs some more time in D-League.

    He could still get by man defending him, but he pulled up drive frequently, presumably because of sturdy interior defense of Tulsa.

    I can understand that he really will need a pull up jumper to contribute more than superb help defense at NBA level.

    I think Lin can do it, just needs more time and development (i. e. real playing time) to get there. He is also just been with new group of players for handful of games, so hopefully he develops better feel for where they will be and who to pass to for shot and who not to (e. g. Charlo got some passes and probably should have deferred shot to someone else).

    Lin also needs to be money at the free throw line, at least deep in fourth quarter when it really counts.

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  11. I too would like to see Jeremy play a little longer in the D-league, maybe the whole month of February. That will give the Warriors a chance to analyze their present lineup and see where adjustments need to be made and whether or not Lin can help. Warriors fans are optimistic right now, but I sense that by the end of February it will be a different feeling. March would be a good time to rejoin the club.

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  12. Agree, I think the W's will be out of the playoff hunt by March. If I'm wrong I will be happy, just looking at the schedule tells me different. March will be a good time to analyze the roster and give different players P/T to see what they can and can't do. The nice thing is the backup pg doesn't have to do much, just like everyone says, take care of the ball and play good D.

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  13. i looked at the late 4th quarter. they should have double cole aldrich on the ft line, cuz ewing jr gave up the rebound, which cost reno a 3 and the game. Lin looked good and i believe he will stay at reno for the rest of the season, unless one of the warriors guard gets injured.

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  14. Very interesting interview indeed! I was amazed that everything that Lacob said was in line with what the regulars on this site are saying (which is NOT what most of the media and announcers feel).

    "His strength is that he’s a very good defensive player because he anticipates very well."

    Lin gets no credit from the local media/announcers for this.

    "He goes right all the time. We shouldn’t say he can’t go left, but he just hasn’t so far."
    "And he clearly has to improve his shooting."
    "We think he’s going to develop into a pretty good player."

    All mentioned by commenters here.

    "He’s a combo guard. And so, that’s going to be the challenge. We have a few of those (combo guards)"

    That's what many of us have been saying. I don't think you'll turn Lin into a pure PG. He could be a CG with better point skills.

    So given that Lacob's thinking is in line with this site's commenters, I'm hoping that he also feels the same way about Coach Smart (contrary to local media and announcers, who seem to adore Smart) and hires a more experienced coach next year.

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  15. "We’re getting offers for Jeremy Lin. More than one. This week alone. I’m just going to tell you we think it was a very good signing. Not just me, the rest of the organization."

    This was an eye-popping comment. I wish the Warriors would trade Lin, because as Lacob said himself, the Ws are full of CGs. Best case scenario is that Lin would be buried as the third guard. Trade him to a team that has a need for a CG as a sixth man or spark off the bench.

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  16. I am certain that this website gets read by both front office and JLin. How could it not? It is usually the top hit on Google. Politically, it is tough for a new owner to replace the coach within a short amount time after giving him the job. I think there will be a coaching change next year, however.

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  17. Lin was one of the featured subjects on Gary Radnich this morning. His take was he wouldn't pay to see a player just sit on the bench. That's my take too, but for different reasons. Radnich thinks it's a race thing. Mine is I used to go to 5-6 W's games a year. I stopped when they wouldn't play Lin, but not for race reasons. I couldn't see why Acie Law was signed in his place. The whole thing looks like the same old Cohan style management and I'll wait to see if anything different happens.

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  18. Lacob's on an interview tear! Looks like he's subscribing to the transparent management trend. He gave another candid interview to Tim Kawakami (part 1 part 2):

    “Ask me any question, and I’ll answer it. That’s only way I want to do this.”

    Kawakami wrote: "Lacob said he doesn’t understand some of the things coach Keith Smart does during games, but he thinks Smart is finding his way."

    "We might be better if we had a defensive stopper kind of guy on the perimeter somewhere."

    Kawakami: Is Larry Riley your general manager for the long-term? Are you still evaluating him?
    Lacob: He’s being evaluated, so is everybody.
    Kawakami: Keith Smart?
    Lacob: Everybody.
    Kawakami: How long is this evaluation process going to go?
    Lacob: I’m going to wait until the end of the season.

    "There’s no doubt about the fact that I would love to improve the team before the trade deadline by making a deal."


    So my takeaway from these answers is that Smart and Riley will stay for this season, then they'll be evaluted. Fair enough. Lacob values defense. And he's not afraid to make a blockbuster move to trade anyone.

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  19. Considering how high Lacob thinks of Lin, Keith Smart might not be on the Warriors in the long run. It shouldn't surprise anyone Lin is getting offers, but what type of offers is he getting? Most likely 2nd round picks or players on expiring contracts...not really worth of Lacob to trade Lin.

    At this point, Lin might not turn into a superstar but if proven he can play as a starter and on the right team, there's still a small chance that he can become an All-star especially if he gets the Chinese votes but that's just probably wishful thinking.

    The Warriors do have a team option for Lin next season and I don't see them letting Lin go after this interview, unless he produces horribly or they get the right package in return for him.

    It would be pleasant to know that the Lakers would be one of those teams trying to get Lin, but I'm not sure if they are and what they would be offering. The Lakers only have 2nd rd picks left to offer and the player exception they got in return for Sasha Vujacic.

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  20. Steve Blake for Bell and Lin. The numbers work. I'd have to reprogram my thinking about the Lakers, but would pay to see Jeremy Lin v Acie Law. I've posted this before with lukewarm response but I think it makes sense for both teams which is why I'm not the GM.

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  21. Jeremy Lin is definitely an asset, I mean he costs like 1/10th of any regular NBA player and he can play defensively just as well as anyone. He needs to definitely work on his ball handling and driving, but I can tell he has been improving on FT and becoming more comfortable. You people have to understand that a year ago, he was just a senior at Harvard that wasn't even sure if he was going to play basketball anyway. He wasn't like a John Wall that knows he's going to be in the NBA with all the media hype. Harvard isn't even a big basketball school so to be where he is today is impressive. Give him time and he will be an asset in the NBA.

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  22. The question is, an asset to what team?

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  23. any team but the crappy ass warriors

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  24. Agree with most opinions on Jlin at this board. Thanks the joys and eye_openings he brings. Sooner his parents turn Jlin loose, quicker he will mature and shine as a NBA player.Hi!Parents! please stop going your son's game.
    He got national attention while he was 3000 miles away at Harvard where he made quantum jump in basketball world.

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  25. I agree keith smart isn't the best coach and needs to go but I really don't see how people are advocating that he gets the can right now. it makes no business or basketball sense.

    I mean you would have to pay the guy for the rest of the year, then hire a new coach who would then hire all new staff. then every player would have to learn an entirely new system in the middle of the season... plus what high caliber nba coaches are available in the middle of the season? at least at the end of the season you have a chance to poach another team's head coach.

    so it's a lot of chaos for what? so the team can win 35 games this year instead of 30 due to better coaching? really makes no sense.

    pretty sure smart is out at the end of the season.

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  26. One scenario is that the Warriors go 0 for February, then Lacob has to do something. If you look at the schedule, it's not a given they'll win a game. You would think they'd win one, but they will be underdogs in virtually every game. If they don't beat Milwaukee, it will be a very long month.

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  27. JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.
    JLIN NEEDS TO IMPROVE HIS FREETHROW. 67% IS NOT ADEQUATE IN D-LEAGUE.

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  28. Oh Man, Monta hurt. That's the one person you don't want out no matter how you feel about the W's

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  29. hope nothing is serious for Monta. Lin NEEDS to stay in D-League

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  30. Agree. Lin is better off right now in the D-league. If he's brought back up it's unclear how much playing time he'll get. Acie has been okay lately.

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  31. Like Lacob's support of Jeremy but if JLin wants to be a superstar, why not? Don't assume he can't break the glass ceiling and only get to be the CFO.

    Btw for future all-star votes,, Lin won't get the Yao-mainland-China votes. At most, maybe Taiwan votes, but doesn't compare with the mainland support.

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  32. you try shooting free throws at 4500 feet above sea level after playing 35 minutes of ball...

    it's not a huge issue. he shot 75% over 3 years at harvard, it's not like he suddenly forgot how.

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  33. hahahahhahahahahahha....BIG L!

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