For those of you who are not IN THE KNOW, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is a knucklehead. He likes to go batshit crazy during close games and his vice is that he likes to be the center of attention. Like when Chris Mullin was having his jersey retired and he gave a nice speech (considering it was a night honoring him), then Lacob had the PA announcer say “We’ve saved the best for last” so Lacob could get up and say a few words – a pretty pompous move that didn’t piss anyone off at all.
But it’s not all bad. Read between the lines and you see Lacob for what he is: a big fat party animal that paid an arm and a leg for an NBA basketball team. So what…he wants to have a great time and be like Pitbull in a Bud Light commercial. His dream is for Oracle Arena to turn into a giant dance party and he’d be Pitbull fist pumping and watching everyone have fun while everyone in shouting distance would be like “Hey Joe! Great job! You’re the man!” And he’d just do a cool guy Pitbull head bob like it ain’t no thang.
Anyhoo. I say all of this because when you get a chance to catch Joe Lacob on TV, it’s a whole lot of fun to remember these facts. Like last night when the W’s beat the Thunder. I caught the end of the game, and right after Carl Landry put the W’s up 3 with just over two minutes remaining I saw a goober sitting courtside doing very peppy things. Sure enough, it was Joe Lacob. So I rewound the game, and checked what he did.
This picture does not do his peppiness justice. He leapt from his seat and flailed his arms like Steve Ballmer at a Microsoft pep rally. In his mind: GET UP! GET UP! Because you know, he’s the leader. People should see his intensity and match that intensity.
This is when he realizes nobody is standing up, but he has already committed to standing and cheering. So he claps. Like a coach. Everything is cool, gang.
Adjusting his pants. He wasn’t trying to get everyone to join in a cool guy cheer, OK? He’s standing because he’s the boss and he does what he wants.
Scoping the scene. Like a smooth operator.
Foul on W’s. Crowd silences. Lacob sits down. Nothing to see here.
One day, there is GOING to be party. And mark my words: Joe Lacob will be front and center.