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Warriors announce plans to return to San Francisco 05.23.12 at 8:59 am ET
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NBA commissioner David Stern speaks at Tuesday's press conference in San Francisco that included (from left) Warriors co-owners Peter Guber and Joe Lacob and Mayor Edwin M. Lee. (AP)

The Warriors announced on Tuesday they plan on leaving Oakland for San Francisco as early as 2017.

The Warriors, who haven’t played in San Francisco since 1971, began revealing plans for a new arena near the waterfront and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Under this plan, San Francisco will provide a site at Piers 30-32 that the Warriors ownership will repair with its own funds.

“We can turn this dream into a goal by giving it urgency,” Warriors co-owner Peter Guber said. “We will play here in 2017. Take that as a promise that we will fulfill. There will be a world-class entertainment venue. We’re all-in.”

The team still has a few more years before the move is feasible because the Warriors are under contract with their current site, Oracle Arena, and the lease does not end until 2017.

Co-owner Joe Lacob, a New Bedford native who was a part-owner of the Celtics before buying the Warriors, said more ticket holders live in San Francisco than Oakland, and the team will remain the Golden State Warriors — unless the fans ask for a change.

The plan is still in a basic stage and the owners still need to acquire most of the permits and begin campaigning for the new arena against various political groups that may oppose the new building.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Warriors fans mar Chris Mullin ceremony by booing owner 03.20.12 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Coyotes at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: NIT, UMass at Drexel, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Oregon at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB preseason: Braves at Tigers, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Brewers at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ The Warriors retired Chris Mullin‘s number Monday night, but the halftime ceremony was marred by the fans’ booing of second-year owner Joe Lacob (a New Bedford native and former Celtics minority owner). The ceremony came just days after the team traded leading scorer Monta Ellis, and the fans were relentless in voicing their displeasure, despite pleas from Mullin and Warriors legend Rick Barry to show more respect.

“Look, fans are upset, I guess, that we traded one of their favorites, and that’s all I can attribute that to,” Lacob said afterward. “What I feel bad about is it kind of ruined a night that was very special, that the organization really tried to do the right thing for with Chris. And I feel good that we did that. I feel bad for Chris, more than anything else.”

Said coach Mark Jackson of Lacob: “Knowing him, knowing his commitment, and knowing his passion, the day is going to come when he’s truly appreciated around here. I’ve been around a lot of owners and a lot of teams, and the guy is all about winning.”

♦ Dolphins fans reportedly are planning a protest at the team’s headquarters Tuesday, one day after the team, desperate for a quarterback, signed 34-year-old David Garrard after missing out on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. The protesters are expected to call for owner Stephen Ross to sell the team and for general manager Jeff Ireland to be fired.

Real Clear Sports has a list of the 10 biggest turnarounds in NCAA basketball. No. 5 is the 2000-01 Boston College team that went 27-5 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament after going 11-19 the year before. No. 1 is the 1998-99 Ohio State team that went 27-9 and reached the Final Four in former BC coach Jim O’Brien‘s second season in Columbus.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 20, 1957, the movie “Fear Strikes Out” made its premiere. Which Red Sox player was profiled in the film?

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Jeremy Lin: For several teams, emerging star the one who got away 02.11.12 at 2:22 pm ET
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Jeremy Lin is riding an improbable hot streak to social media fame. (AP)For the Lakers, Lin was there for the taking.

Harvard grad Jeremy Lin came off the bench and led the New York Knicks to a 99-92 victory over the Nets at Madison Square Garden last Saturday night. On Wednesday night, he led the Knicks with 28 points and 10 assists over the Washington Wizards in his first start, and he has since inspired the viral spread of Linsanity that is sweeping the nation.

Today, several teams that could have had Lin are regretting their decisions. For the Lakers, against whom Lin scored 38 on Friday to lead the Knicks to a 92-85 win, the point guard was there for the taking.

“I knew who [Lin] was because when he was floating out there, I know Mitch had some interest in him and he brought his name up to me,” Lakers Coach Mike Brown told the Los Angeles Times, referring to General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

When the Lakers passed on Lin, he went to Houston. After a short stay there, he was released and signed over to New York, something that has inspired profound regret in Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Morey now is on the Lin bandwagon, while noting his regret that Houston is among the 29 teams that missed an opportunity to acquire a player who has emerged as a phenomenon.

Morey tweeted: We should have kept [Lin]. Did not know he was this good. Anyone who says they knew misleading U.

In a separate tweet, he said: Finally, really happy for [Lin.] Very hard working, nice, & humble. He has a great, great future.

Even Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob expressed his regret during a radio interview at KNBR in San Francisco.

“I would be lying if I thought … he’d be this good [and] all of a sudden explode on the scene,” Lacob said, according to the New York Post. “It’s a great, perfect situation where he got an amazing opportunity. None of the other guards in New York were playing well. So I give him all the credit in the world, and obviously we wish we had him.”

Lin’s overnight success has awed fans everywhere while leaving those who passed up on him embarrassed.

Of course, the Knicks nearly lost their shot at the point guard as well. As the New York Times documents: Read the rest of this entry »

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Report: Jerry West to join Warriors front office 05.20.11 at 10:15 am ET
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According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, Jerry West has agreed to join the Warriors front office in an advisory role. The Hall of Fame player was the Lakers general manager from 1982-2000 and then ran the Grizzlies from 2002-07 before moving into a consulting role.

He is expected to report to co-owner Joe Lacob, the New Bedford native and former Celtics minority owner who purchased the team a year ago along with Newton native Peter Guber.

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Warriors sold for NBA record $450M 07.15.10 at 4:06 pm ET
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A CNBC source says the Golden State Warriors will go to Joe Lacob, managing partner at private equity firm Kleiner Perkins, and Peter Guber, chairman of Mandalay Entertainment, who won the bid Thursday.

Lacob and Guber’s $450 million bid — topping the $401 million NBA record — was enough to win the Warriors over rival bidder Larry Ellison, a chief executive officer of Oracle. Ellison was originally expected to be the bidding frontrunner. Competitor Mike Mastrov, founder of 24-Hour Fitness, also lost out on the Bay area team.

Both Lacob and Guber have backgrounds with big teams. Lacob has commanded a share of the Celtics since 2006, while Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment owns and operates two Yankees affiliates, among other minor league teams.

Lacob’s financial history also includes American Online, Amazon, Electronic Arts and Sun Microsystems, according to SBnation.com.

The Warriors were last purchased by Chris Cohan for $119 million in 1995, and was valued at $315 by Forbes in December 2009 — though location played a major factor in the team’s heightened value, rather than the Warriors’ game as of late. They’ve compiled the second-worst record in the league since Cohan bought them 15 years ago.

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