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Does Joe Lacob deserve heat for ducking the Warriors under the luxury tax? Bob Myers explains why he doesn't - The Athletic

Lost amid the deadline madness was a first for this Warriors ownership group: They made a financially motivated decision to slip under the luxury tax despite knowledge that the ramifications, however minor, would negatively effect them from a competitive standpoint.

Criticism hasn’t and won’t flood Joe Lacob’s direction for this mandate. He’s earned enough equity the past half-decade — flying way into the tax several times to keep a championship core together, while constructing his expensive San Francisco palace — to believe this is a one-time cost-cutting choice, not the beginning of a trend.

And that’s the messaging from upper management. Bob Myers did a post-trade deadline news conference Friday afternoon and was asked directly about the topic. He acknowledged that the financial edict delivered from above served as a central force in his recent roster jumbling. But he said this was a tiny side-step backward in the immediate to...


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