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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.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob’s fiancee upset with him over Monta Ellis trade

Joe Lacob might have to sleep on the couch for a while. And it’s all because the Warriors owner let his team trade its best and most popular player.

When the team sent Monta Ellis to the Bucks this week, reaction from the Warriors faithful was decidedly mixed, and Lacob’s own fiancee was one of those who derided the move.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“My fiancee is mad at me,” co-owner Lacob said, hanging out in the hallway off the court before Wednesday night’s game. “She hasn’t talked to me in two days.”

Is he kidding?

“There she is,” Lacob said. “Ask her.”

His fiancee brushed past without answering. She looked unhappy.

Lacob’s fiancee had formed a friendship with Ellis’ wife. When you trade a guy, you break some hearts.

Well, at least it wasn’t because Kwame Brown was traded. That would have been a deal-breaker, Lacob.

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