Matt Dery: Pistons Fans Would Never Act Like This
Last night was supposed to be a special night at the Oracle in Oakland. It did not turn out that way. The Golden State Warriors had a jersey retirement at halftime of their game with the Timberwolves for former all-star guard and team executive Chris Mullin. #17 was a god out in the Bay Area and was a member of the “Run TMC” Warriors back in the early 1990s. Mullin, Mitch Richmond, and Tim Hardaway were a high scoring trio that Warriors fans just adored and since then, Golden State has never seen anything like it.
Fast forward to last night. Warriors legends all in the arena for the ceremony, including the likes of Richmond and Rick Barry. Former St John’s teammate of Mullin’s, Mark Jackson, also was a part of the festivities and is the current head coach of the Warriors. This should have been a special night. After Mullin gave his speech, the emcee of the night, Greg Papa, handed the microphone to team owner Joe Lacob, who bought the club in July of 2010. Warriors fans apparently were not thrilled with Mr. Lacob getting his chance to speak. Here is the video.
Lacob just recently approved the trade of popular guard Monta Ellis to Milwaukee. The team has floundered the last two years, despite packing Oracle Arena every single night. Should the fans have been this ruthless to Lacob? Did this ruin Mullin’s special night? You be the judge.