Joe Lacob should ignore the boos, facilitate horrible play
The boos came justifiably, resulting from recent decisions, resulting from the a multi-decade history that reads like an incompetence instruction manual. And to those outsiders who school-marmed Dubs fans for booing: BOOOOOOOOOOO!!! This is not your scene, please pontificate elsewhere. The last thing I need to read is an another East Coast media tut-tut over how GSW fans should comport themselves. If you’re usually in bed by West Coast tip-off time, please don’t bother worrying after why the Bay rabble roars. Yes, the event was uncomfortable, but no one was physically hurt. This was just the honest, peaceful expression of collective angst, triggered in part by Lacob’s awkward injection into Mullin’s ceremony.
But here is my fear: What if Joe Lacob overreacts? The natural tendency is to immediately address a public embarrassment and this is what Lacob has been doing in radio and TV interviews. I take no issue with the PR onslaught, but I simply hope that the “address the problem now” mentality doesn’t seep into organizational strategy. The sad truth is that Joe Lacob cannot make any hasty decision that salves this. A long-term strategy is the only fix.
What Lacob can do, what the Warriors can do, is exactly what they’ve been doing since the trade deadline: They can keep tanking like captive fish. While ticket holders might rightly feel offended by a trade that ended the season, there is no going back. The worst mistake would be to play veterans in an ardent attempt at showing GSW fans that times are a’ different. To do this, would be to do exactly as the penny-wise, pound-foolish Cohan regime did. If Mark Jackson and Joe Lacob try to win in an effort to prove “a new culture” they’ll keep the old mediocrity in place. The best move is for the Warriors to pursue their top-seven-protected pick via some of the worst basketball these angry fans have ever seen.