Warriors’ owner: Jordan told me 73 wins doesn’t mean anything

Posted: 16/02/2017 in NBA, Sports
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It may be months since the 2016 Finals, but Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is still being reminded of last year’s epic collapse to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While the loss itself certainly stung, Lacob says his worst moment from last year was a run-in he had with Michael Jordan months later at an owners dinner when the Charlotte Hornets owner razzed him about blowing a 3-1 lead.

“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 on 95.7 The Game’s “The Afternoon Delight” with Greg Papa. “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.”

While Lacob admits that the players remain upset, he doesn’t seem to mind, saying the season was still a great success at the end of the day.

“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 play 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.”

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