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Golden State Warriors Organization Viewed as ‘Arrogant’ Around The NBA
Before the 2012-2013 season, the Golden State Warriors franchise had only seen the playoffs once since the 1994-1995 season and were a perennial doormat. That was until some great drafting of all-star caliber type players like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson changed the franchise into what we know it as today.
With all that winning comes new fans, new exposure, and new dislike from around the league, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
“Within the NBA, there’s a belief that the Warriors are a bit arrogant,” Windhorst said on a recent TrueHoop podcast. “I can’t tell you how many times in the last four or five months, when I’m talking with other people in the league, whether it’s agents or executives or whomever, coaches … there’s the reference, ‘Well, they are light years ahead so they’ll be fine’.”
That ‘Light years’ reference is a direct shot to when Warriors owner Joe Lacob stated his franchise was light years ahead of everyone else in the league.
“We’re light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things,” Lacob was quoted in the article. “We’re going to be a handful for the rest of the NBA to deal with for a long time.”
“The great, great venture capitalists who built company after company, that’s not an accident,” Lacob said in the March article. “And none of this is an accident, either.”
That one statement rubbed a bunch of people the wrong way.
“That quote has been a touchstone throughout the league,” Windhorst said.