THE GOOD NEWS about the hiring of gay sports executive Rick Welts by the National Basketball Association's Golden State Warriors? It isn't big news. "Whether he’s gay or straight is irrelevant,” Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob told the media Tuesday. "I want the best executive possible. All I care about is winning . . . . " Clever media spin, Lacob, diverting everyone's attention.
You're right, though. Long-suffering Warriors fans, among the most loyal in pro sports, just wanna know one thing: Can the new team owners turn around this sad band of brothers and make a strong playoff run? Or win an NBA crown? Just one championship, puh-leez. There's no time to waste. The cradle's rockin' above the abyss. Early management moves by Lacob, a partner at top venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and co-owner Peter Guber, CEO of Mandaley Entertainment, look real promising -- especially the hiring of Los Angeles Laker legend Jerry West as an advisor.