The Warriors are on top of the world again, which given crazy confidence to everyone in the franchise. During a recent interview, the owner of the champions, for example, allowed himself to destroy the sports policy of the Lakers, which will not please all fans.
Since the arrival of LeBron James, the Lakers are doing everything they think is necessary to fight for the title, including mounting XXL trades. In 2019, for example Anthony Davis who arrived in California against Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart in particular, as well as several draft picks. A decision justified on the sporting level, since the Purple and Gold were immediately champions.
In years later it is Russell Westbrook which happened against Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, in a trade that fans and the King surely regret today. The leader has been sold for several months already, but no one seems to be interested in the market. So he just made a huge decision who could decant the situation, which immediately makes LeBron react and his surroundings.
Joe Lacob destroys the sports strategy of the Lakers!
But these excessive exchanges are not necessarily to everyone’s taste in the league. During a passage in the podcast of Andre Iguodala, the owner of the Warriors Joe Lacob did not hesitate to destroy the sports policy of the Purple and Gold. He obviously never mentions the name of the franchise, but it’s pretty easy to figure out who he’s talking to. And with the title won last month, no one can argue with that.
Everyone wanted us to trade our young players, all our draft picks, to bring in a recognized star over 30 years old. A star who is used to being injured or who could have been injured regularly, since the risks are higher at this age than at 20. I know the approach was risky, but I knew our chances of winning would depend on the level of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
The only thing I will never accept is not being in the race for the title. I don’t want to go all-in, like some franchises that trade all the kids and end up with an aging team, with no way to rebuild through the draft. For me, this is not a good strategy at all. I want to keep my young people because I trust James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Jordan Poole, who showed what he could do in the playoffs.
Bringing in an injured superstar, trading all the young players… It’s hard not to see a reference to the Lakers in the examples chosen by the owner of the Warriors. Indeed, Rob Pelinka decided to make trades to win in the very short term, but today the future of the Lakers is quite vague, especially since they no longer seem armed for the title. On the contrary, Golden State still has a lot of room for maneuver with the superstars, but also the promising young people in the workforce.
Joe Lacob is at the helm of the best-run franchise in the last 10 years, so he can legitimately afford to criticize other organizations, even if his message will not go down well with Lakers fans. It remains to be seen if his young talents will succeed in carrying the franchise in the future.