After Warriors superstar Stephen Curry set the franchise’s all-time scoring mark on Monday against the Nuggets, forward Draymond Green took him out for a celebratory dinner on the road in Oklahoma City. Majority team owner Joe Lacob was there, too. Sort of.
Lacob put a pricey bottle of 2015 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche, shared between Curry and Green, on the team expense account, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. The French-made wine can cost $5,000 a bottle, and Green gave Lacob credit for recognizing the special moment, which Green shared on Instagram, per Letourneau.
“Joe is incredible, by the way,” said Green, who posted a photo from his dinner with Curry to Instagram with the caption, “Giving my brother his.” “That was a very expensive bottle of wine, but Joe let us get that one on the team bill, so we appreciate Joe for that.
“Not every day that somebody’s approving a bottle of La Tâche. So, shoutout to Joe, man. We definitely appreciated that, but it was obviously for a great reason.”San Francisco Chronicle/Connor Letourneau
That’s a classy move from Lacob. Famously claiming the Warriors are “light years” ahead of the competition, Lacob clearly knows how to run a pro-sports franchise, helping to turn Golden State’s fortunes around and win three recent NBA titles.
But Lacob knows the true reason at the heart of the Warriors’ resurgence, and that’s Curry. All of these guys can easily afford a bottle of expensive wine, but the gesture by Green and Lacob sends a simple message: thank you, Stephen. That’s an idea every Warriors observer can get behind, no matter the beverage of choice. (Personally, I’ll take a Napa Cab or Sonoma Pinot but I don’t play in the NBA. Cheers, Dub Nation.)
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