Warriors president steps down

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OAKLAND - Robert Rowell has decided to step down as president of the Golden State Warriors to pursue other business endeavors, the club announced Tuesday.

Rowell will stay on as interim president while the team searches for his replacement. The 2010-11 NBA season was his eighth in the position and 16th overall with the franchise.

Joe Lacob said he and co-owner Peter Guber felt it was the right time to make the mutual split.

"Bob Rowell has done a good job running the business side of this organization for many years. He has been extremely professional and diligent since the first day that we met him in the acquisition process," Lacob said. "We spent a lot of time evaluating this decision and believe that now is the appropriate time for the new ownership team to put our complete stamp on the entire organization."

A group led by Lacob and Peter Guber bought the team last summer, and the club has spent this offseason revamping its management.

In April, the club announced Larry Riley would stay on as general manager, while naming Bob Myers assistant general manager. NBA legend Jerry West joined the Warriors as a member of the team's executive board in May, and Mark Jackson replaced Keith Smart as head coach earlier this month.


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