EXCLUSIVE: Lacob talks Kerr’s ‘big extension,’ making KD a ‘Warrior for life,’ and so much more

Warriors 3x champion owner joins Papa & Bonta in the studio

Karl Buscheck
June 18, 2018 - 4:25 pm

Warriors owner Joe Lacob dropped by the 95.7 The Game studios for a wide-ranging interview on “The Greg Papa Show” with Bonta Hill on Monday afternoon.

In the wake of a third title in four seasons, Lacob hit on myriad topics, including the looming paydays for head coach Steve Kerr and back-to-back Finals MVP Kevin Durant, plus what would have happened if the Western Conference Finals hadn’t gone the Warriors' way.

Here’s the rundown of all the highlights from Lacob’s hour in studio with Papa and Bonta;

On his mindset when the Warriors were down 11 at the half against the Rockets in Game 7 of the WCF — 6:55:

“That was the scariest moment I have had in the eight years that I have been in this position as the primary owner of this team.”

On if Durant would be a Warrior if they’d won the 2016 Finals  — 10:19:

“I can’t say for sure, but I do not think he would be on the Warriors, if that happened.”

On if KD didn’t sign what would have happened — 12:10:

“It’s hard to say. I think you probably would have seen most of the team come back in the form that it was in and maybe we win a third to fourth (title) anyway if we had won that game (against the Cavs in the 2016 Finals).”

On Kerr’s challenge of motivating his team after a third title in four seasons — 16:00:

“Steve’s about to get a big extension, right? It’s his job to figure this out. It’s not mine.” (Laughs)

On if he has any details about how “big” that extension will be — 17:13:

“I don’t have any. We’re talking with him. It will be done when it’s done. Nobody’s in a giant rush but I’d rather get it done sooner rather than later.

“Bob’s working on it, talking to Steve. I think they’ve already started talking, so we’ll see what happens. Steve, I think, just went on vacation or something

“So, I don’t think it’s anything totally imminent, but yeah, Steve wants to be be here. We want him here. And I love Steve Kerr. We all love Steve Kerr. he’s going to be here.”

On how Kerr’s health is, and he Lacob would you say he’s fine — 17:50:

“I would not say he’s fine. I’d say he got through it. You’d have to talk to him. I don’t think he’s 100 percent but… I don’t think we’d all want to do that. We wouldn’t want to deal with it. He does have to deal with some headaches still, things like that. But I think it’s getting better — better and better.”

On what he thinks about the Joey Light-Years nickname — 22:00:

"Can I trademark it? It’s funny now.”

On if he has any special plans for the final year at Oracle — 22:22:

“We want to go out with a bang, obviously. We’re going to try to do some special things. I’m not going to hint at what those might be here today…”

On KD’s contract, if that’s the top priority and what kind of deal it could be — 25:08:

“I hope, and I do think that KD loves it here and loves being part of this team and organization and with all the players that we have (he’s) developed great friendships…”

“I actually don’t know what kind of contract he wants to sign. It’s kind of whatever he wants, to be honest. I think we all know that. I’d love to have him longterm because we want him to be a Warrior for life.”

“But other than that, we’ll just have to see how it plays out. He has some decisions to make.”

On if it’s feasible to re-sign Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to extensions — 26:19:

“We’re trying to do that. It’s really up to them.”

On Draymond, the part-time draft scout — 27:15:

Draymond gave Joe scouting reports on all the draft prospects.

On if it will be plausible to maintain the big four long term thanks to projected revenue increases from the new building — 28:32:

Short answer, yes.

On if Bob Myers will have the ability to use the mid-level exception this summer because of luxury-tax implications — 30:54:

Short answer, yes. If Bob makes a good case.

On Nick Young and the Swag Champ experience — 32:16:

“One thing I like about Nick, he’s always happy, man. He’s smiling, having a good time.”

“He is such a good dude. I mean, he really is. He gets a bad rap in a lot of ways.”

On those awkward parade jokes about KD — 33:46:

“I don’t think it was a big deal. I really don’t.”

On if he would have gone for Anthony Davis if the Warriors had failed to win the title  — 35:04:

“Well, I can’t comment on specific players on other teams. I think you know that. But, I will just say… you kind of should get this by now, we are always going to do whatever we can to make ourselves better.

Check out the full interview with Lacob in the podcast below:

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