Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  76 responses

Video: Warriors Fans Boo Owner During Chris Mullin’s Jersey Retirement

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

During what was supposed to be a joyous occasion for Chris Mullin and the Golden State Warriors, an ugly and surreal scene developed last night in Oakland, with fans raining boos down on relatively new team owner Joe Lacob. They were angry with the ownership group for having traded away Monta Ellis, and seemingly having thrown in the towel for the rest of the season.

Chris Mullin and a very angry Rick Barry tried their best to reason with the crowd, but the boos would not stop whenever Lacob took the mic.

After the game, which the Warriors lost to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves, Lacob and his employees gritted their way through the embarrassment, and tried to spin the whole fiasco in a positive light.

From the Mercury News:

“Obviously, probably has something to do with the recent trade and some of the fans being upset with that,” Lacob said after the game. “But I think that they will love us, the ownership group, that is, when we win. And we will win.”

“I’m not going to let a few boos get me down, and I don’t expect a few boos to get our team down,” Lacob said. “I think everybody has to stay tough, these are tough times, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to compete and we’re going to win. And that’s my job as an owner, too, we’re going to do everything we have to do. Not going to let a few boos stop us. I obviously think whoever was booing is incorrect in their assumptions, but we’ll just let time heal all wounds. Winning will solve all things.”

Right. Good luck with all of that.

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  • bravo

    Lol shudnt have traded ellis than

  • King David


  • Jzakoni

    Piss off the fans, and this happens…

  • L Dribble

    Way to ruin the night of one your best players ever. Mullin dealt with it really well, Barry less well. The announcer shouldn’t have made the comment about ‘saving the best till last’ that must have made matters worse. BTW how many players made it into the Hall of Fame before they had their jersey retired???? Isn’t that like getting the Finals MVP and then being voted onto the NBA First Team?

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Holy sh*t, this is the best/worst video ever, put that poor b%stard suicide watch.
    “Hey wait a second, C’mon people…THIS IS A MAN, that ive spent some time talking to”

  • rlz

    Stay classy, Warriors fans.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    “The warriors owners, the current warriors owners urhasdhafkjerOWNERS”

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    he looked so sad i started feeling sorry for him. And rick barry has the juice in oakland

  • roman

    Sorry for Mullin, but it was a way the fans got to tell the owner what a f up deal they thought it was. It comes with the territory. Maybe next time he will put a little thought into who he deals. I loved how the owner couldnt finish his speech and then Rick Barry of all people told them to stay classy. Take a look in the mirror sir.


    as a raptors fan this is 1 of the greatest video ever.

  • SMIK

    just disgusting. that is the word. Warriors fans just showed a unsettling truth to small market teams, after this why would any player in there right mind represent and play for this organisation if there cant even be respectable to a Warriors great. shameful.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric


  • Lloyd

    I started to feel bad for the guy right after he made that noise at 1:34. That’s a noise of a man defeated. Sucks for him, but I can understand the frustration from fans.

  • LA Huey

    They’ll go back to their lives at the end of the day and face the same problems…

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?


  • Heals

    I dunno L, given Barry’s reputation I found it equal parts entertaining, unintentionally funny and little sad (show Mully some respect folks)…

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    I heard that his wife is also mad at him for trading Monta….I think she was good friends with Monta’s wife or something.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    Have a new found respect for Chris Mullin! Definitely handled that well… Rick Barry was on some Gangsta ish tho… You told 20,000 fans to have some class? Surprised he made it through the game and back home safely!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Wow, what a disaster.
    My lady was at this game. Her very 1st Nba game, during her business trip to SF.
    She doesn’t follow the Nba as closely, cause as she says ‘bambi eyes Iverson’ doesn’t play anymore (women, tss) but she found this situation hilarious.
    Some people in her section (and i via I’M) were kind enough to explain the booing and she joined in.
    My wife-to-be keeps just got her Nba arena initiation….big time.

  • Bt

    Explains why the suns haven’t retired any jerseys lately

  • Mike Mihalow

    I thought GS had some of the better fans in sports. Guess not.

  • thetalkingcomb

    Rick Barry was, and always will be, an asshole.

  • BuzzerBeater

    A samurai who never loses does not mean he’s undefeatable; he just picks the right fight.

  • Tempest

    Its like he’s Vince MacMahon when he’s the villian in the WWE!

  • LP

    THE REAL QUESTION: Why are the Warriors JUST NOW retiring Chris Mullin’s number?????? Thats the real reason to boo…

  • shaolin23

    really? Now this?

  • iLL-P

    I still think that the Ellis trade was good for the Warriors. Ellis is very good at what he does, but on a team like the Warriors he was a dead end. He’s trying to be Kobe on a team that isn’t the Lakers. If he didn’t get traded than the Bay Area will have more of the same, hardly making the playoffs and if we do, we’d be lucky to get past the first round. I like the new changes. Sacrifice a losing season anyway now for what will be a loaded guard heavy draft on June. I’m glad that the pieces are moving, it’s about time the Warriors made some changes.

  • shaolin23

    yih, I’b do mvp

  • tomtom

    If you pay ur money you pay for the right to express yourself, end of story. Props to Chris, he knew that he was getting his Hawaii tix so he had to speak up for the guy, haha.

  • Dale Wittig

    It wasn’t just the matter of trading Monta for an injured big-man and throwing in the towel for the season. Lacob also plans to move the team from Oakland to San Francisco. These people who say that they’re all about winning are usually all about making as much money as they can. The Warriors have had the most loyal fan base in the NBA; it was one of the most profitable, year after year, despite all the bad management of the previous owner. The problem with the future is that it doesn’t exist, those players, Steph Curry and Andrew Bogut, may never heal properly. The fans in Oakland have been told to wait until next year. There’s always something to look forward to. Sure. I have to say it did my heart good to see that self satisfied clown get booed off the floor. Chris Mullin didn’t really seem to mind all that much. He’s been around here for some time and knows what his fans are like.

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    No trade doesnt make sense. I like bogut alot but he’s injury prone and in the last three or four season missed chucks of the time. Ellis was exciting to watch because on any given night he gave buckets & highlights. Plus curry is MR. Glass.So now you have 2 injury prone players. Also this year is not guard heavy its Sf and PF heavy .Which makes since because of inconsistance Sf put u were gonna get that pick regardless with ellis.

  • robb

    you have the right to express yourself, I agree, but people should understand this is a business and it’s not easy to make it work.

  • Charles

    Rick Barry=DOUCHE. Fans have a right to boo him!

  • Kablamo

    Well since I wasnt there BBBBOOOOO

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Well he did throw the towel on this season. Which is understandable, finishing 10th in the conference is never a good thing. And the Warriors are better. Bogut is clearly a better player then Ellis when he’s healthy. And he is not nearly as un-healthy as people are led to believe, he’s not “injury prone” – his injuries are FREAK injuries, not like Greg Oden or someone like that who has structural issues. Joe Lacob maybe did deserve to be booed for throwing in the towel on the year, but trading Monta Ellis has been the only solution, and the obvious solution for a long long time.

  • L Dribble

    @Dale “Chris Mullin didn’t really seem to mind all that much.” Yeah, I bet he was really happy that the headlines the next day said “Owner booed on Chris Mullin’s night” rather than “5 time All Star Warrior has jersey retired”. Self indulgent fans “paying for the right to express themselves” and to disrespect one of the best shooters that played the game. Classy stuff indeed.

  • riggs

    they were right but that was not the time for it.

  • Groves

    GSW fans are just awful, some of the worst in the NBA

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The rudeness of booing appears to be decided on a strictly case by case basis.

  • bike

    Lacob was seen later exiting the parking lot on a moped with a nappy wig as disguise.

  • Dale Wittig

    Interesting how the term class keeps coming up. I would say that it does indeed have something to do with class, as in class warfare. And despite what Lacob had to say after the game about Mullin being upset by the booing, Mullin looked pretty well amused at the time. Mullin may have grown up in Brooklyn, but he used to go to the Bronx and Harlem to play. I suspect that he knows pretty well on which side of the class divide he belongs, especially given his treatment by the former management of the Golden State Warriors (some of whom remain in power under the new ownership.) It is most often the obscenely rich who admonish others to stay “classy.”


    ^^ WORD ^^ Booo these (unts.

  • Otis

    Bogut’s not injury prone. He’s just been unlucky. There’s a difference.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    That was painful.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I love the NBA.
    I love Rick Barry.
    I love Chris Mullin, too.
    BUT, Dominique Wilkins should have had Mullin’s spot on the Dream Team…

  • derby

    wasn’t he french ?

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    He was born in Paris, yes.
    Figured he’d still be a U.S. citizen, though.
    Maybe he wasn’t.

  • Flight

    On the side note, you really don’t think Chris Mullin can’t afford his own Maui vacation?

  • OTB

    I have new respect for Rick Barry. That needed to be said. Seriously Warriors fans, you can do better.

  • Justin G.

    Philosopher, you must be thinking of 1988 Dominique and not 1992. Plus, with knowing they would probably be playing against a fair bit of zone they needed a shooter. Dominique did not fit that description

  • PnoyVibe

    As a Bucks fan, this is the best video ever

  • Shem

    How does Joe Lacob expect NOT to get booed. Are people aware of how many times this team has made the playoffs the last 2 decades?

  • respect

    @Flight, lmao thats exactly wat i was thinking

  • Just Sayin

    Wow, at least show some class for Mullins. There would be many more opportunities to boo the owner.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    injury prone or not, bogut has missed a lot of games in the past. what’s to say that he’s suddenly going to play 75+ games a season?

  • http://averysmith.org Avery Smith

    You tell’em, Ricky, baby!

    “C’mon! He’s breakin’ his own bread! Show him some respect!”

    This was so WWE. I was waiting to hear, “FINALLY! THE RICK HAS COME BACK TO THE BAY!”

    Truthfully, though, if I had MJ on my team, and he was sending pics to one of my employees, I’d have traded him, too! How much faster, Mon-tuh Ellis?

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    and you know, back when the allstar game was in oakland, fans boo’d the previous owner chris cohan while he was with his son presenting an award to michael jordan?
    bay area fans.
    i was at the game. i’m not gonna say the booing was right or wrong. just that, lacob had to know it would be a strong possibility he would get booed. you can’t promise the playoffs, and a winning record, then go and trade away the best player and tank the season. especially not with the warriors’ history of losing for nearly 1.5 decades.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    darksaber, i’m sure your wife had an interesting first game haha. hopefully she enjoyed the experience.

  • Brahsef

    Warriors fans do better or stay classy? Really? The organization that probably has the best fans in the league that continually support a team that sucks because managements incompetent. The warriors routinely trade away their best players and it never turns out. They’re venting their frustration, not many times do fans have the chance to boo the owner, so they took the chance.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    “This is a man that… I’ve spent some time talking to!” LMAO! That line is seriously internet meme-worthy.

  • http://kingakai.com Alpha-bet

    That’s messed up but I feel the GSW fans. Hey if players can get boo’d and ridiculed so can the owners. The fans money is part of tge owners salary too. That being said, they did really go in on the owner, and he just added more fuel to the fire by stoping and addressing it.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Stern handles boo’s way better than that dude.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    they should have tried to hold back the boo’s (even a little) for mullin’s sake… show some class for the man what beef u got with the owner(s) is you business, i know you are upset with the monta trade but c’mon now…

  • http://slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    That was too much boos c’mon its not like you guys had the chance to make the playoffs anyways.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    chucachuchi, they definitely had a chance. they were only 3 games behind the 8th seed before the monta trade.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    david, but then what? They were struggling to make the playoffs. This is an upgrade with the development of Klay Thompson they have a legit back court still. Honestly maybe better in the long run because of Klay’s size at the 2. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Wright, Lee, Bogut is a better squad imo.
    I know it’s tough to watch, but I do feel it truly was the best thing for the Warriors assuming Bogut comes back to where he was at.

  • Cool Dude

    LOL The warriors have the best fans of any team in the league. The arena is consistently sold out despite the team being terrible and making the playoffs once in 18 years. Don’t even talk about warrior fans.

  • iLL wiLL

    Ricky Barry. What a G.

  • DingoRob

    I really wanted to get behind GS due to the Bogut trade but this is a disgrace – reminds me of a senseless mob you see on The Simpsons and school yard bullying.

    I’m not sure why they’re doing it now, maybe there are some rules where they have to, it seems a strange time for this ceremony. I would have liked to see it when the team has settled a little with the recent changes – celebrate the past and the future at the same time.

    Congrats to Mullins, the forgotten story here.

  • MikeC.

    Why boo the guy who realized that sustained mediocrity shouldn’t be the status quo?
    Also, props to Mully.

  • DRinCA

    Longtime Bay Area resident here…the booing was more about the talks to move the team to SF than any trade. For Oakland folks, losing the A’s to San Jose would be like having your lady run off with one of the Geek Squad from Best Buy. But losing the Warriors to San Francisco would be like having her run off with your richer, better-looking brother that your mom always liked better than you. It’s too bad it had to happen when Mully was the guest of honor but that’s when Lacob made himself available. I wasn’t there Monday and I’ve never lived in the East Bay but I gotta give credit where it’s due and they’ve supported the Warriors well, whether or not they’ve deserved it. And now those same fans feel they deserve better than to be left high and dry. An understandable reaction even if it was the wrong time & place.

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    lakeshow, personally i feel taking the chance to see the team develop is better than taking a chance that:
    1) curry stays healthy
    2) bogut stays healthy
    3) we retain our top 7 pick
    4) we get our big man depth back
    especially when you consider we were only 3 games behind the 8th seed, with a new coach, no real center, lots of new faces, and an injured curry. i heard kaman was available for brandon rush + a 2nd round pick. if true, i would’ve definitely taken that trade.

  • dannyb

    I think the fans were right to boo him. How dare he trade Kwame Brown? BOOOO!!!!

  • OneStep

    GS have been going nowhere for years. The only way that changes is by making trades and who did they have, other than Ellis, that other teams would be interested in? Maybe GS fans enjoy mediocrity. Perhaps mediocrity is what you deserve when you choose to boo the ownership during a presentation to one of your greatest ever players.

  • Golakeshow

    The buck fans should be booing. They have Kwame Brown. Kwame Brown is the worst player in the NBA. Why would the bucks trade Bogut for that clown? Does the owner want Ellis to text him a dic pic or something? To quote stephen A smith he has small hands and can’t catch the ball. He has bad feet and cant move. He dosent know what he’s doing. He dosen’t have a post move that he can do twice. He also has no game whatsoever and plays no defense. Kwame brown is the dumbest man alive. Shout out to Dannyb

  • Mooney10

    They traded their best player for Stephen Jackson (soon to be retired) and Bogut(soon to be Oden). Curry has the weakest ankles ever and can’t play D, and there is no one else who can score, then you are throwing the towel in for the season and you want to move the team, I’d be furious if I was a fan in Oakland! I just feel bad for these markets who support their team whole heartedly and then ownership wnats more money so they say screw you guys, but honestly, how did this trade make them better, feel bad for Mark Jackson, good luck winning in the West now.