The Warriors traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks on March 13, 2012.
Six days later, the franchise withdrew Chris Mullin’s 17th jersey during halftime of his game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
And during that ceremony, Warriors fans present expressed dissatisfaction with owner Joe Lacob.
“I remember sitting there that night when Joe was being booed. You are helpless. It was like a mob mentality,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday afternoon on the 95.7 show “The Game” Bonta, Steiny & Guru. ” “And our fans are some of the best fans in the world. They are not a fan base in any way. They are a passionate fan base.”
“I think they were sitting there saying, ‘We’re tired of losing, we’re tired of dysfunction.’ And they saw (the trade) as more of the same. And they were angry. It really tests you. Test your determination. .
“I was the assistant general manager. I sat in my seat, looked at my wife and said, ‘I still think we got it right. I still think we did the right thing.’ But at the time, its owner is lighting up and Rick Barry comes to the rescue, and you’re like (laughing), ‘What the hell is going on?’ “
As Myers and the rest of Dub Nation know, the Warriors did well. Acquiring Andrew Bogut, inserting Klay Thompson into the starting lineup and handing the franchise keys to Steph Curry …
Separating from a fan favorite like Monta is never easy. The 40th overall pick in the 2005 draft was a great Warrior (he’s in my Warriors Ultimate Draft squad).
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But the organization needed to make a change, and it all worked out in the end.
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