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.
When Joe Lacob and Peter Guber won the bid for the Warriors, immediately, talk started of how the Warriors could face changes in the front office and especially, coaching situations. There’s been conflicting reports about the future of Don Nelson, with some Most importantly, Kawakami reports that no decision will be made about Nelson until Lacob and Nelson meet, and there’s no timetable for that meeting. Kawakami projects this may cast some doubt on whether Nelson will remain, due to the new ownership accepting the extension of team president Robert Rowell prior to the sale, though no official decision has been made regarding Rowell. However, with every day that passes before such a meeting, and with the new ownership unlikely to be approved by the NBA Board of Governors before mid-October, the odds of Nelson staying this season increase.
The new ownership likely won’t be approved until two weeks into training camp, which isn’t exactly a great time to whip the ship in a different direction.
There are a lot of decisions for the new ownership to make, and a lot of sticky situations to resolve. But the timing may simply not allow for them to get going in the direction they really want this season. The winds of change are going to come. But they’re not gusting yet.