Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob has said and done a lot of dumb things during his team’s rise to something even greater than dominance.
But what he did—or attempted to do, if not for the better judgment of general manager Bob Myers—in 2017 might be the dumbest move on Lacob’s part while somewhat at the helm of the Warriors.
He tried to lowball Stephen Curry, according to reporter Marcus Thompson.
An excerpt from Thompson’s book, Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry, shared today on the Athletic, reveals how the owner hoped to lowball Curry on his upcoming contract a season after landing Kevin Durant:
Curry went from on top of the world to second fiddle in the very franchise on which he has served as the cornerstone.
Even Curry’s own coach, Steve Kerr, publicly listed Durant, LeBron, and San Antonio Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard as the elite of the elite in the NBA. Kerr was referring to two-way players, but it was in lockstep with the general sentiment.
On top of that, as the Warriors prepared for the postseason, Warriors owner Joe Lacob was considering offering Curry a contract below the max, even though Curry has been one of the most underpaid players in all of sports over the last three seasons. Warriors general manager Bob Myers kept Lacob from bringing a reduced offer to the negotiating table, but it was enough of a thing that Myers reassured Curry of the franchise’s commitment.
Curry instead went on to sign the largest contract in NBA history.
So many factors contributed to the exponential rise of the Warriors.
But perhaps the most overlooked came all the way back during the 2011-12 season, when Curry suffered numerous injuries stemming from a sprained ankle.
The following offseason, with one year and about about $4 million remaining on his rookie deal, Curry signed a four-year, $44 million extension to stay with the team (less money than he’ll be making in the final year of his new contract).
Fortunately armed with a two-time MVP making a minuscule $11 million per year, the Warriors were able spend the rest of their cap space on building a roster around the elite backcourt he formed with Klay Thompson.
The Warriors are a dynasty today because Curry was so underpaid for so long. That Lacob even considered not making him whole this offseason is as gross as intercourse with a piece of metal.