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Christopher J. Cohan is the current owner of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He acquired a 25-percent interest in the team in 1991; in 1995, he became sole owner; he sold 20 percent of the team to four Silicon Valley investors in 2005.

Cohan's tenure as owner of the Warriors has been highlighted with the longest playoff drought of any team in NBA history. From 1994 to 2007, the Warriors did not make the playoffs under Cohan. Under Cohan, the team has had nine head coaches and did not have a winning season until the 2006-2007 season, after Cohan rehired Don Nelson as head coach. The 2006-2007 season was highlighted by one of the most memorable upsets in NBA Playoff history when the eighth-seeded Warriors knocked off the heavily favored top-seed Dallas Mavericks in six games in the first round. The Warriors went on to lose to the Utah Jazz in the second round of the playoffs. Cohan was the guiding force behind a completely refurbished arena in 1997 (now the 19,596-seat ORACLE Arena) and the building of a modern practice facilities in downtown Oakland for the Warriors in 1998. Cohan has been intensely criticized for his unsuccessful ownership.[1]

The NBA granted Cohan and the Warriors the 2000 NBA All-Star Game for the second time since the team moved to Northern California (also 1967). The game was televised in over 290 countries around the world and the weekend was highlighted by Vince Carter's still-popular elbow dunk on All-Star Saturday and by the home crowd booing Cohan during half-time of the All-Star game.

Cohan and his wife established the annual Angela & Christopher Cohan Community Assist Award in 2001. The award is presented annually to the player on the Warriors roster who best embodies ownership's commitment to the community. Cohan and his wife also established the Warriors Foundation 1998. The non-profit foundation is dedicated to positively impacting the communities of Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

In 1989, Cohan made a $2.1 million donation to aid in the construction of a Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The venue, located on the campus of Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, was later named The Christopher Cohan Center.

Prior to purchasing the Warriors, Cohan founded Sonic Communications in 1977. It became one of the largest independently owned cable outlets in the country before he sold it in May 1998.

Cohan graduated from Arizona State University in 1973.

Facts

In 1994 just moments after it was announced that the Warriors traded popular center, Chris Webber, Chris Cohan's truck was stolen from his driveway in broad daylight.

Chris Cohan sued his business partners to gain sole ownership of the Golden State Warriors in 1994. The Warriors were a popular, 50-win team at the time, and soon turned into a nationally ridiculed loser. Not only that, there was a long list of parties dragged into civil courtrooms by "Cohan the Contrarian" which included his stockbroker, life insurance agent, and primary attorney. Hard to believe, but all were longtime friends. One was the best man at Cohan's wedding and another a groomsman. Cohan was sued, too, for failing to pay his bills by his landlord -- the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority,[1]

In 2000, Cohan was booed at the NBA All-Star Game, hosted at the newly refurbished Oracle Arena. At the side of Cohan were NBA Commissioner David Stern and Cohan's own son. Soon after getting booed by his own crowd, Cohan and his wife ran away from their seats to avoid reporters.

References

2. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/02/10/SP74259.DTL

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