At halftime during a game at Oracle Arena against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Warriors supporters let Lacob know they aren’t happy with the direction the franchise is going in an extremely vocal way.
Instead of it being a warm celebration of Mullin’s career and having his jersey retired and hung from the rafters, the focus of halftime turned to a battle between Lacob, Mullin and former Warriors great Rick Barry against the audience.
It’s hard to blame the fans for being upset after management gave up on the season by trading Monta Ellis away. All they got in return was an injured Andrew Bogut to pair with Steph Curry, who often rocks his suit on the sidelines instead of a jersey.
However, the organization going through rough patches and making unpopular decisions does not make it fair for the crowd to take out their frustration during Mullin’s ceremony.
He was a class act for the W’s, and a Hall of Fame player who deserves recognition for his accolades with the team as both a player and executive.
While they didn’t boo No. 17 personally, it didn’t help that they soured the moment whenever Lacob spoke.
Mullin tried to play it cool and help deflect the chorus of jeers, saying,
"As the greatest fans in the NBA ... sometimes change is inevitable, and it's going to work out just fine," Mullin said. "With your support and patience, and use that passion in the right direction ... this thing is going in the right way. I've got great confidence in Joe, [coach] Mark Jackson and everything will work out just fine. Just a little bit of patience."
He seems to have been one of an extremely small minority in Oracle Arena who felt that way last night.