Warriors Owner Joe Lacob: Michael Jordan Told Me 73-Win Season ‘Don’t Mean Sh*t’ Without a Ring
by: Darrelle Lincoln On Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob appeared on 95.7 The Game’s “The Afternoon Delight” with Greg Papa on Tuesday. Naturally, he got into a conversation about the 73-win season the Warriors had, which ended with them blowing a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.
Lacob points to Curry’s injury and Draymond’s suspension, rather than their decision to chase the record, as the reason for the Warriors’ collapse in the Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He also said that it hurt when Michael Jordan told him the Warriors’ record didn’t mean anything.
“On the collective bargaining agreement, I was on the labor committee and I was in New York having a bunch of dinners with Michael Jordan and other owners,” Lacob said, perhaps humble-bragging. “There were six of us. Actually, Dan was one of them, Dan Gilbert. Anyway, Michael Jordan — people are drinking and having a good time and all that, but there was a moment where he said, you know, ’73 don’t mean [blank].’ He did it, Michael Jordan did that. And I looked at him and I just decided not to make a big deal of it. I said, you know, you’re right, we didn’t win it, we had to get better.”
The Bulls adopted the motto “72-10 don’t mean a thing without the ring” during the 1996 playoffs, when Chicago Bulls guard Ron Harper gave his teammates the t-shirts.
“I have to be honest: it’s painful more to the players, I don’t really think of it that way,” Lacob said. “I think that was one of the greatest years you could ever have in any sport. So many things went right. If you remember, all of the games that went our way. I mean, just amazing. It was an unbelievable year. When I wear golf, I wear a hat that says 73 on it. It’s sort of my little remembrance of it. Because I know people all say, ‘Oh, well you didn’t win the championship’ — all the talking heads. You know what, we didn’t. But it was still an incredible year and I will never forget it. And we should be very proud of it. And I think as time goes by, there will be more thinking about it. Because I don’t think it’s gonna be replicated very easily.”