If you missed the Chris Mullin jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of the Golden State Warriors game Monday night then you missed a show unlike any I’ve ever seen at an NBA game.
It completely caught me off guard when the crowd pummeled owner Joe Lacob with boos as he tried to shower ‘Mullie’ with compliments. I should’ve known something was up when the fans booed David Stern‘s name ferociously during Chris’s acceptance speech.
Are the Warriors an embarrassment at 18-25? hardly…Was Monta Ellis some perennial All-Star that got shipped off for spare parts?? nope…..So what’s with all the animosity up in ‘The Bay’???
I don’t even remember the name of the previous owner of the team…what did he do that was so great? Lacob wasn’t even around when the team decided to give Andris Biedrins that $54 million deal back in 2008.
I’m not here to stick up those Golden State fans in the crowd, though I do think they were wrong in their assessment of the situation. But I do think that Joe Lacob really dropped the ball. He should’ve had some fun with the crowd, try and show some personality…instead, he paused awkwardly hoping the negativity would subside. It only got worse.
In high school, my teacher always encouraged us to ask questions during presentations, saying that it not only helped us learn but helped the presenter cover all the important topics. In sales, I was always taught to welcome objections/questions because (by addressing them) you can actually turn them into strong selling points.
Lacob missed a great opportunity to rally the Warrior fans on Monday night. Half of them were only booing because everyone else was…it’s just a mob. The stage was set, on television, to get everyone on his side…..and instead, he looked like some nerdy kid that needed Chris Mullin and Rick Barry to protect him from a big bully.
While the crowd responded to Chris, they hardly respected Rick’s rant…..he sounded like a whiny neighbor yelling at kids to get off of his lawn. To this day I don’t know where Brent Barry got his charisma, cause it wasn’t from his ‘pops’.
Back to the event in question…..Lacob’s speech ended with presenting Chris Mullin and his entire family with a trip to Hawaii…DHOA!
I think ‘Mullie’ can afford to take his own trip, and to a lot more exotic places than Maui. Why didn’t the team choose ten random fans from the crowd that night and send them to the islands? That’s how you win a crowd over, Joey.
The team could miss the playoffs for 10 more years and fans would still be talking about that vacation giveaway night.
Lastly, I would also like this opportunity to blast “co-owner” Peter Guber. I haven’t seen ‘Goobs’ at any home games this year, nor was he part of the ceremony Monday night. If I was a Warriors fan, I’d save my biggest taunts for the next time he shows his clueless face at Oracle Arena.
The next new ownership group that submits their proposal before the NBA’s Board of Governors need not just bring financial proposals…they need to bring some charisma, too.
It ain’t a Dairy Queen.
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