Did the owner of the Warriors just take a veiled shot at a star-studded rival?
Joe Lacob was in exceptional form during his interview with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic this week.
The Golden State Warriors’ owner stated, among other things, that the 2020 trade that brought Andrew Wiggins to the Bay Area was “possibly the greatest deal we’ve ever done.”
He also continued to extol the Warriors’ new crop of young players, led by former No. 1 overall pick Stephen Curry.
James Wiseman, the number two overall pick.
“Great teams are made up of a variety of different types of talent,” Lacob explained.
“You’d like to be able to play in a variety of ways.”
You want young players who are still developing, as well as great players who are already established.”
In his haste to explain why combining veterans and up-and-comers is “the only path” to NBA success, he may have unintentionally (or intentionally) fired a shot across the bow of a certain storied intra-state rival.
Is it possible that Lacob just dumped on the current Lakers?
Following his philosophical musings on what he considers to be a winning mix in the Association, Lacob went on to describe what doesn’t work.
And it sounded eerily similar to what the Los Angeles Lakers have been employing this season.
“You don’t want to be an old, broken-down team where everyone is old,” says the coach.
“That won’t work,” he said, adding, “I’m not referring to any specific team.”
But, if you look back through history, you’ll notice that every great team has had a great young star.”
Lacob even mentioned a classic Lakers team as one of the blueprints for bringing old and young players together, which may or may not be coincidental.
“What Magic Johnson did as a rookie for the Lakers was truly amazing,” Lacob said.
“…You look back, even the Warriors in 1975, right? They had two young rookies [in Jamaal Wilkes and Phil Smith]who, I believe, contributed greatly to that team.”
“I don’t think you can be all old,” he concluded.
And you can’t win in this league if you’re all young.”
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