This is not really a surprise, but the timing caught people off guard.
Golden State team president Robert Rowell has left the organization, according to CSN Bay Area.
Rowel, coach Don Nelson and GM Larry Riley formed the power structure under old owner Chris Cohen that has been blown up by new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.
Not necessarily well known outside the Bay Area, Rowell was a lightning rod for criticism in it. Lacob acknowledged that was not all his fault in the press release announcing the change.
“We believe that previous ownership really put him in a publicly challenging position over the past few years and I have a great deal of respect for how he has conducted himself as a professional.”
Rowell did a good job on the business side of the Warriors, but his overarching reach into the basketball side of the house was an issue.
This is just another part of the new owners changing just about everything with the franchise — Nelson is gone, now Rowell is gone, while Riley is around Jerry West and Bob Meyers have big says in personnel decisions.
The new owners may not be making all the right decisions, but they are doing well to distance themselves from a disliked old ownership.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.