Writ in Water

Major Nelson: How’d you get in that crazy bottle, anyway?
Jeannie: Oh, a wicked and powerful djinn put me in there…

Well, this is it. Farewell to feltbot. I spoke about my reasons for ending the blog in a post before last year’s championship run, if you’re interested. In a nutshell, everything I’ve yearned for and advocated in Warriors’ basketball has come to pass, and I feel like I have nothing left to say. Well, almost nothing. I have enough left in the tank for one final rant, or appreciation, or whatever it is you want to call what I’ve done on this blog.

But first I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the loyal readers and posters I’ve had here, many of whom posted kind words of appreciation when I first announced my departure. You made this blog a special place for me, something I truly never envisioned when I first began this quixotic endeavor, and you inspired me to keep posting my rants and appreciations, laments and war cries, for far longer than I ever would have believed possible. Thanks for coming along on the ride with me. And what a miraculous ride it was in the end, no?

I will be leaving the blog afloat for awhile, a digital monument to ego and folly. Perhaps, to a few lost surfers, something a little more. As before, the comments section is scheduled to lock after 30 days, but this time it’s for good. Disappointing to my fellow blog participants, I know, and I regret that, but essential to me as I turn my full attention to my next project.

Ok, let’s do it. As you might have deduced from the first two posts of this three part series, I’m going to end this blog exactly as I began it, writing about someone who has never received the recognition he’s deserved, even though he’s now in the NBA Hall of Fame. A true and remarkable genius whose astonishing legacy to the Warriors, to the fans of the Bay Area, and to the game of basketball itself, has gone completely unacknowledged since the Warriors won the championship.

A man whose name was writ in water.            Continue reading

Thank You, David Lee

Lee disappeared quietly from the Warriors’ roster this summer. A back-page item, unworthy of a single quote. An after-thought to the Warriors’ championship.

He was never treated with much respect as a Warrior by media or bloggers. Was in fact the subject of frequent ridicule — just as frequently wrong, as I’ve noted too many times to count — for his defensive shortcomings, while all of his many abilities and accomplishments as a player and a teammate were dismissed and denigrated. At the end of last season, some of the kid bloggers out there even started a joke internet meme at his expense, calling him “your dad’s favorite player.”

Hmmm. As someone of a certain age who has a modest notoriety as a David Lee admirer, you might guess that I’d have something to say about this. And I damn well do.

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The Warriors Asterisk

Well, with Warriors training camp set to begin, I can’t ruminate and procrastinate any longer. It is, as promised, time to wrap up this blog. This post is the first of a three part series. It was originally one post until it grew too long, and as such shares a theme with the posts to follow. So let’s begin, or begin the end, with The Warriors Asterisk:  Continue reading

World Champions: Warriors 105 Cavaliers 97 – 2015 NBA Finals Game 6

It will take some time to put all my thoughts on the Warriors’ World Championship together, but for now, here are my impressions of Game 6: Continue reading

Smallball versus Smallball: Warriors 104 Cavs 91 — 2015 NBA Finals Game 5 Recap

This game followed the Game 4 script enough that I’m not going to give a full recap. Here are my bullet points:            Continue reading

The Full Nelson: Warriors 103 Cavaliers 82 — 2015 NBA Finals Game 4 Recap

Steve Kerr just made one of the most inspired, and most courageous, calls I have ever seen in an NBA Finals. Down 2-1 in the series, on the road for Game 4, he benched his $12 million center, inserted a small forward in his place, and went 6-6, 6-7, and 6-6 across the front line.

The full Don Nelson.


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Break the Blitz: Warriors v Cavs NBA Finals Game 4 Preview

You saw it, right? The way that David Lee at center, playing all-out pick and roll with Stephen Curry for literally the first time all season, simply demolished the Curry blitz?    Continue reading

The Edge: Warriors v Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 3 Preview

I’ve seen a lot of pundits predict that this would be an easy series for the Warriors. And of course, after the Kyrie injury, all the pundits doubled down. And even after the evidence of last night, and two straight games on the Warriors’ home floor in which the Cavs appeared to control the action from the opening tip right up to the 2:00 mark in the 4th quarter, the pundits were all repeating that the Warriors had nothing to worry about, they just had a bad game.

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Warriors By a Hair: Warriors 108 Cavs 100 — NBA Finals Game One

Steve Kerr said after the game that not only he, but the entire Warriors bench thought that Iman Shumpert’s shot at the end of regulation was going in. It was right on line, and maybe an inch short. One wonders whether Shumpert might have made that shot if he had trimmed maybe an inch off of his signature high-top fade before the game. And that, sports fans, is the most ridiculous lede that will be written about tonight’s game.  Continue reading

Come At The King: Warriors v Cavaliers 2015 NBA Finals Preview

I’ll confess off the top that this Warriors-Cavaliers series would be extraordinarily difficult for me to forecast even in normal circumstances, but the injury situations of Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving have made it virtually impossible.     Continue reading