OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob worked into the wee hours of Tuesday morning to return “hundreds” of emails in the wake of a stunning display by typically well-behaved Bay Area fans, who booed him throughout a halftime ceremony to retire Hall of Famer Chris Mullin’s No. 17 jersey.
As Lacob struggled to make his tribute speech on Monday night at Oracle Arena, the crowd booed so relentlessly that Mullin eventually stood up and asked supporters to be patient with Lacob’s vision for a franchise that has endured decades of futility.
When the boos continued to rain down, Hall of Famer Rick Barry also grabbed the microphone and tried to do his part.
Along with years of losing, Golden State last week traded away star player Monta Ellis.
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