Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is familiar with rash and sudden changes in his organization.
Lacob was “raised” in the Boston Celtics organization, an organization that preached stability and maintaining the course throughout the 1950’s through 1990’s. In 2003, the Celtics were sold by then owner Paul Gaston to Boston Basketball Partners L.L.C led by H. Irving Grousbeck and Wycliffe Grousbeck who later became co-majority owners with Lacob.
During the postseason in 2003-2004, the Celtics fired their GM Chris Wallace and hired former Celtic guard Danny Ainge to take over the front office. The C’s. led by Ainge promptly traded Antoine Walker to Dallas for the oft-injured Raef LaFrentz, Chris Mills, Jiri Welsch and a first round pick.
In 2004-2005 the Celtics, led by Paul Pierce and Al Jefferson , brought back Antoine Walker mid-season only to trade him again after the 2004-2005 season ended. Then in 2006, when Lacob joined the C’s management, the onslaught of trades continued. Trades for Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and a second round pick in exchange for Randy Foye, Dan Dickau and Raef LaFrentz. Then in the 2007 draft the C’s selected Rajon Rondo. Then they signed Ray Allen. Then they added Kevin Garnett via trade.
The moral of the story is that eventually the rash roster moves pay off. For the Celtics, years of trades which led them back to square one eventually paid off thanks to the instability of the franchise.
Lacob comes from those Celtics teams that were famous for their instability and it seems like in the past month that Lacob is putting pressure on the team to ensure a deep playoff run. And while Lacob does not have a ton of control in terms of player personnel, he writes the checks and if he thinks Mark Jackson is the best coach for the job and Jackson is struggling to mesh with Brian Scalabrine and Darren Erman then those assistants will be looking for a new coaching job.
Lacob has made it clear that his expectations for the Warriors are to reach at the very least the Western Conference finals. A possible failure to get out of the first round will likely lead to Mark Jackson’s job and some possible major roster moves.