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Warriors CEO Joe Lacob deserves credit for being accessible and candid. It's a refreshing alternative to his predecessor, the increasingly reclusive Chris Cohan, as well as the general lack of access to many who own sports teams.
Lacob, however, is thoroughly capable of setting a trap with his mouth that catches nothing more than himself.
The latest example came Sunday, when Lacob apologized for recent comments he made related to his May 6 dismissal of former Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
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"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark Jackson and what he accomplished as our head coach," Lacob said, according to a Bay Area News Group report. "He did a terrific job. I've said that many times over the last several months and in recent days, including at this week's event. I was asked to draw comparisons earlier this week between building businesses in the tech world and the sports world, and unfortunately, I used some poor judgment. That's my mistake.
"I did attempt to reach out to Mark on Friday, and I certainly apologize for my comments and any unintended harm. I know that Mark will succeed again in the business."
Speaking to a group of venture capitalists at a luncheon in Menlo Park last Wednesday, Lacob explained his decision to fire Jackson by citing examples of the former coach's stubbornness and unpopularity within the organization.
Lacob was particularly critical of Jackson's refusal to acknowledge the need for more proficient assistants and the CEO's assessment that "200 people in the organization" did not like dealing with Jackson.
This is the second apology from Warriors ownership this season. Co-owner Peter Guber apologized in late October for making comments that could be perceived as racist in an email to Warriors employees.
This is Lacob's second public apology since becoming Warriors CEO in November 2010. The first came in March 2011, when he apologized for dismissive comments during a Sports Analytics Conference at MIT.
Lacob in that instance dismissed bloggers as "not real fans, because they don't have season tickets." This led to a measure of outrage from Warriors fans who don't purchase season tickets. Lacob apologized within 24 hours of the initial comments.