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Playoff-bound Warriors now hope to take next step

  • FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2013, file photo, Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob celebrates as the Warriors score during the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oakland, Calif. Booed one year and celebrated the next, Lacob admits he feels "a little bit" vindicated now. The Warriors are going to the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, and Lacob and Co. have even bigger goals ahead. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

OAKLAND — Booed one year and celebrated the next, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob admits he feels "a little bit" vindicated now.

The Warriors are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and just the second time in 19 years, no small feat for a franchise that has been beat up by most of the NBA for two decades. The third-year owner finally has the team headed in the right direction, and he's not about to back down from his bold and boisterous ways.

"We're not satisfied with this at all," Lacob said. "We want to make the playoffs, like we did now. We want to go to the next round. I don't know if it's this year or next year, we're going to keep going. And we're going to win an NBA championship here — I guarantee it."

First things first.

Nobody expects the Warriors will even come close to reaching basketball's biggest stage this season — not even Lacob, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who bought the franchise along with movie mogul Peter Guber for an NBA-record $450 million in 2010. But if they want to make any more noise this year, they'll need to finish out the regular season strong.


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