When I tuned in on Monday night to watch the Golden State Warriors’ halftime ceremony to honor and retire the number of franchise legend Chris Mullin, I was expecting to witness a retrospective of the glory and professionalism that Mullin reminded fans of from the good ol’ days. When the franchise was competitive and actually employed players who were Hall-of-Fame caliber—like Mullin himself.
Instead, what I watched on TV was a magnificent downpour of boos, a thundering disapproval of Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob. As Lacob took the microphone mid-ceremony, in an effort to acknowledge the franchise’s appreciation for Mullin’s Hall-of-Fame service on the court in a Warriors uniform, a cascade of booing crashed from a choir in the nosebleed seats.
Lacob, noticeably flustered, attempted in vain to redirect the attention to the objective at hand: Mullin’s jersey retirement ceremony. But, alas, to little avail. The sellout crowd could not hold back its temper and showered its displeasure of, well, something—anything. Everything, really.
Yes, it was inappropriate it was to rain on Mullin’s parade. After all, he was having his jersey number retired, forever to be immortalized among the greatest players to ever put on a Golden State Warriors uniform. He certainly was one of the team’s more likeable players over the past 30 years.
But Lacob was receiving a firsthand account of what it’s like to be the owner of one of the NBA’s most fragile and frustrated franchises. Since his ownership group was announced back in November of 2010, there have been many things to be disgruntled about for Warriors fans. Let’s take a look at 10 reasons for Golden State fans chose to boo Lacob during his short 14-month reign as the team’s co-owner.