Just over a decade ago, the Golden State Warriors were viewed by many as a franchise with loyal fans, but lacking the on-court or adminstrative vision to push the team over the top into championship contention.
That's all changed.
Golden State Warriors ownership (led by majority owner Joe Lacob) was voted by ESPN as the 4th best ownership group in all of the National Basketball Association, trailing only the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, and Dallas Mavericks on the list.
How exactly did ESPN come up with these rankings? Here's their explanation in full:
We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to rate every team's ownership group. In particular, we asked the voters to rate each team's ownership in terms of their performance in guiding the franchise to overall on-court success, both in the short and long term.
One of the Warriors' owners, Peter Guber, had this to say about the ranking via Twitter:
thanks for shout out @espn this is only the beginning http://t.co/d7RNaLDp9e @warriors #gsw
— Peter Guber (@PeterGuber) March 27, 2015
With a sustained playoff run this year, it's very possible that Golden State could find themselves even higher on this list come 2016.
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