With NBA lockout talks stalling in New York, the Warriors on Wednesday held an old-fashioned revival at Oracle Arena.
In his first meeting with Warriors fans, new coach Mark Jackson started
an impromptu chant of "De-fense" among a confused audience, which has
rarely heard that word while missing the playoffs 16 of the past 17
"Don’t stand up and clap when we’re a playoff basketball team, because we won’t be standing up and clapping as a team," Jackson said. "Our ultimate goal will be to hang a championship banner."
Those kinds of stirring and outrageous statements were the norm as about 3,000 Warriors season-ticket holders listened to a panel discussion with the team’s hierarchy, including Jackson, co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and executive board member Jerry West.
The pomp and cir*****stance included free food and parking, opportunities to buy more seats for a season that might never be played, and the finale of the Warrior Girls tryouts – complete with a swimsuit competition.