The backdrop at the introduction of new Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber was a picturesque view of the Bay: clear skies, the Bay Bridge, the foliage of Treasure Island.
The setting: an upscale luncheon at the Epic Roasthouse, intricate in details and extravagant in taste. And the message, it was loud and clear. Perhaps expressed best by the Michael Bublé hit "Feeling Good," which was playing with Warriors highlights on every monitor.
It's a new dawn. It's a new day. It's a new life.
"Just the whole philosophy here is clearly different," Lacob said. "There's something very special. We're lucky, something very special happening already."
Oddly enough, the product won't look much different than it already is -- at least not for the immediate future. Lacob said now that he and Guber are in as owners, officially approved by the NBA on Friday, his first move will be to assess.
That means president Robert Rowell stays (though Lacob did say the basketball side will no longer report to Rowell). So will general manager Larry Riley, and even broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald, Jim Barnett and Tim Roye. Lacob, who was busy at work before he was approved as owner, said he's not going to come in and clean house.
Noting he hasn't met or worked with most of the staff, since NBA rules don't allow him in the office until approval, Lacob said he is now evaluating.
He will have a team to help. The new owners revealed the new six-member
Vivek Ranadivé, a Palo Alto-based software man and first Indian-American owner in the NBA, will serve as vice chairman. The remaining board members are venture capitalist Fred Harman (who was a minority owner under previous Warriors owner Chris Cohan), real estate executive Erika Glazer and SaveMart CEO Bob Piccinini.
"This makes for an attractive opportunity to recruit players, recruit management, recruit sponsors," Guber said. "We've just got to do it well. That's what I think we have the expertise to do."
In the next phase, Lacob will run the day-to-day operations. He said he will even have the basketball side report to him and not to Rowell.
Still, since the start of the season, his biggest move was hiring his son. Recent Stanford grad Kirk Lacob is fourth on the totem pole of Riley's four-man basketball operations staff, along with director of player personnel Travis Schlenk and basketball operations coordinator Patrick Sund.
Before he assumed ownership, Lacob was active and involved. He approved the acquisition of David Lee. He pulled the strings behind the scenes to replace coach Don Nelson with assistant Keith Smart, who Lacob said has a two-year deal with a team option on the second season. He even called for the signing of undrafted rookie Jeremy Lin.
But, now that he's in, he's pumping his brakes.
"When Chris Mullin got his new job about five years ago, he made a mistake," Lacob said. "He made all those moves very quickly, signed up all these guys to long-term contracts. ... You have to be very, very careful to not do everything all at once. We need to be patient. When we recognize the right move, we've got to jump. Just don't jump too quickly on too many things."