Warriors owner Joe Lacob booed at Chris Mullin jersey retirement ceremony (Video)

What was supposed to be a night of celebration turned into one of contention at Oracle Arena in Oakland Monday.

The Warriors held a ceremony to retire franchise legend Chris Mullin’s jersey at halftime of the team’s game against the Timberwolves. The problem began when team owner Joe Lacob went to talk after Chris Mullin gave his speech. The fans began booing Lacob, chanting “We want Monta” — a reference to fan favorite Monta Ellis, who was traded to the Bucks last week.

Lacob had to step aside because of all the boos and was comforted by Mullin, who reminded the fans to be patient. Next Hall of Famer Rick Barry grabbed the mic and chastised the fans, calling them classless, and telling them to “give [Lacob] the respect he deserves.”

Lacob, clearly rattled, took the mic again and rushed through the rest of his speech.

We understand Warriors fans are upset Monta was traded, and unhappy with many of the team’s recent decisions, but this was not the right time or place to show their anger. And here we were thinking Lacob was feeling the backlash from his fiancee the most. Guess not.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KHGKOMIJLZIYGQGA3K6ORLSZMQ George

    So stupid to trade their best player. Just like McHale and Parrish, Wilt Chamberlin, Mitch Richmond, Chris Webber, Latrell Sprewell, Stephen Jackson etc etc

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=795960557 Ben Sangster

    best fans in the world my ass, how can they just do that to there owner, yea he traded monta away but he is doing it for the best of the club… Monta can score but all he wants is the ball, hes a hog. And his defensive ability is dreadful… I dont blame Lacob, strengthening the paints will work… Where is the respect.

  • Anonymous

    “Tonight’s about history and respect”…and we just traded Monta Ellis for nothing…oh, and C-Webb’s still not welcomed back in the building.Oh, and, what was that?
    Mitch who? Tim who? C’mon man, we got Rick Barry, that’s gotta count for something, right? Right?