With Golden State’s imminent signing of superstar Kevin Durant, it’s worth revisiting the delusional thoughts of Joe Lacob, the team’s majority owner. Earlier this year, he wanted everyone to know that the Warriors’ success went well beyond the stunning skill of their players.
“We’re light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things,” the venture capitalist told the New York Times Magazine. “We’re going to be a handful for the rest of the NBA to deal with for a long time.”
And for good measure: “The great, great venture capitalists who built company after company, that’s not an accident. And none of this is an accident, either.”
Lacob can thank his lucky stars that one of the best players in the world has decided to sign with his already talent-heavy team. Durant will join two-time league most valuable player Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. How’s that for structure and planning?
Great players want to play with other great players. Great players who don’t have a championship ring seek out teams with excellent prospects of winning titles. That’s how the NBA works now.
The Warriors lost to Cleveland in the Finals after breaking the Bulls’ single-season record for victories. Durant came up short time and again in his nine seasons with the Thunder. Hence, a marriage.
The Warriors’ game won’t change, and neither will Durant’s. They’ll run up and down the floor, and he’ll use those long arms to shoot over opponents. It’s finesse on finesse. They’ll be the favorites to win their second title in three years because the most-talented team in the NBA just got more talented.
The Warriors won’t match the four-year, $95 million offer sheet Dallas gave to Harrison Barnes. And they’ll have to do some other roster finagling to make room for Durant. No problem.
Let this be a lesson to you would-be NBA franchise owners out there: All the great venture capitalists had Kevin Durant fall in their lap.