Trading your franchise's best player has its repercussions.
Ask Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob.
In a halftime ceremony dedicated to the career of former Warriors' star Chris Mullin, fans went on a barrage of boos directed at Lacob, who stood near center court to introduce Mullin on Monday night.
Lacob discussed embracing history and respect as Mullin's No. 17 was about to be retired to the rafters at Oracle Arena. However, Lacob struggled to finish his speech as the crowd drowned out his words with boos, which was likely in response to the recent deal that sent star guard Monta Ellis to Milwaukee.
Mullin took to the microphone to defend Lacob against the boos, and to move the ceremony forward.
As the greatest fans in the NBA ... sometimes change is inevitable, and it's going to work out just fine, Mullin said. With your support and patience, and use that passion in the right direction ... this thing is going in the right way. I've got great confidence in Joe, [coach] Mark Jackson and everything will work out just fine. Just a little bit of patience.
The crowd was momentarily silenced by Mullin, who was perhaps the franchise's most recognizable star when he formed a talented trio with Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond more than 20 years ago.
But the boos came right back for Lacob, who this time had to be rescued by Hall of Famer Rick Barry. The Warriors legend seemed more bothered by the crowd than anyone else, as he chastised the fans for their harsh response to Lacob.
This is crazy, said Barry on the microphone. Seriously. Come on, you're doing yourself a disservice. All of the wonderful accolades being sent to you [the fans], for you to treat this man [Lacob] who is spending his money to do the best that he can to turn this franchise around -- and I know he's going to do it. So give him the respect he deserves.
Here is the video from the awkward ceremony for Chris Mullin: