New Golden State Warriors Ownership Means Freedom and Hope for the Franchise

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2009

Rumor has it that the Golden State Warriors owner Chris Cohan has been looking to sell the team. Which, means great news for Warrior fans because finally there will be an end to one of the worst ownerships in sports history.

Cohan since taking over the Warriors franchise 15 years ago has seen the team go to the playoffs just once and after that Cohan has pretty much dismantled the franchise the last two years.

The funny thing is that Cohan has always been good at scapegoating players and coaches who have left the team. Among those players were Chris Webber, Latrell Sprewell, and Baron Davis. Among the coaches were Don Nelson and P.J. Carleismo.

Not, only that but Cohan has also watched fan favorite Chris Mullin be traded for Erick Dampier. Then Mullin was brought back to help rebuild the team and is basically the man responsible for the lone playoff appearance since Cohan has taken over.

Instead of rewarding Mullin for his efforts he allowed his Team President Robert Rowell to virtually strip away all Mullin's power.

As a Warrior fan it's not a wonder why Cohan is hated and why he hardly ever comes to any of their games because he knows if he did show his face he'd be booed unmercifully and it's justifiable as well!

The Warriors fans are some of the best fans in the NBA. They come out and support their team because they always have hope that the Warriors are going to finally turn it around and each year it's disappointment after disappointment, except for the one playoff run.

With the prospect of Cohan selling the team it brings hope to Warriors fans to finally have Cohan gone. Also, with Cohan gone it may change Stephen Jackson's mind in regards to leaving the team.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski's article titled "For Warriors, Turmoil Starts with the Boss" there's a group that is interested in buying the Warriors. It also states that they've been in contact with several well-respected league officials. Part of that includes plans for a new arena in San Francisco.

The best part of the article is the end where Wojnarowski states "The suitors are lining up for this franchise, and it’s time: Sell the Warriors, Cohan. Sell them now."

When the Warriors are sold though what does it mean for the franchise? It means freedom from an incompetent owner.

It means that the team's atmosphere is going to change. The trades of certain players just to get rid of them aren't going to happen. For example there won't be trades for players who aren't going to work hard for the franchise.

Meaning that there will not be players like Rony Seikaly, Jim Jackson, and Mookie Blaylock.

With the team being sold it also means that the team could keep certain players around that are the main cog to the team's success and it also means the new owner's will more than likely open their lineup to bring in a necessary player.

For example the Warriors last year needed a point guard, yet never went out and traded for one or at least looked for a free agent before the season began. With the new owner's it would mean that they'd either approve of a trade for one or find a free agent and if they needed to spend the money for that free agent they would.

So, that means no more penny pinching for the Warriors.

What I find amazing though is last year the Warriors were able to fill the seats at the Oracle and according to Reggie Miller on the broadcast it was something like 18,000 fans a night to 97 percent capacity.

Lastly, with the change of ownership it will mean that Robert Rowell is gone, new General Manager who has no clue what he's doing Larry Riley is gone, and Don Nelson is sent packing to Hawaii as well.

Wojnarowski is right in his comment that Cohan needs to sell soon not only for helping the franchise become more stable, but for the fans who can't wait too see him gone and finally these fans will be able to see a truly competitive team in the NBA.


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