Monthly Archives: September 2009

Thoughts on Tim Kawakami

Warriors media day made for quite a bit of news in the last few days. Team captains Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis took advantage of the occasion to re-air their grievances with the tight-fisted ownership of the Warriors, and the actions of Cohan henchman and team president Robert Rowell in particular. The details of this episode are already known to most readers, and I don’t intend to rehash them.  What moved me to write this post was Tim Kawakami’s take on the Jackson and Ellis situation: here, here and here. It was typically rotten.  Continue reading

Roster Analysis: The Bench Players

Corey Maggette

The Warriors’ sixth man could be getting set for a big year.  After a year in Nellie’s system, and hopefully injury free, I expect Maggette to start this year as fast as he started last year slow.   Continue reading

Roster Analysis: The Starters

MONTA ELLIS

To say the success of this season begins and ends with the play of Monta Ellis would not be an exaggeration.  The Monta Ellis we saw pre-moped had the makings of  a very special player in the league.  The blazing quickness, and ability to penetrate and finish after absorbing contact reminded many of Allen Iverson.  Coupling his quickness with an uncanny ability to rise up on a dime and bury the mid-range jumper,  he was an unstoppable offensive force, capable of putting up 30 pts. with ease.  He was mesmerizing to watch, but what was really startling was the efficiency with which he operated.  His shooting percentages were among the best ever seen in this league for a guard.  Did he really shoot over 60% for a month?   Everyone around the league was watching Ellis with their mouths open, including Kobe Bryant, who stated he was his favorite NBA player.  It was only a matter of time until Ellis became an all-star.  A very short time.

And then, tragedy. Continue reading

Roster Analysis: Introduction

As training camp gets set to begin, it is apparent that no more trades will occur before the season starts, and the team we have now is the one we will go to war with.  Stephen Jackson confirmed as much in his presser yesterday.  A lot of interesting moves occurred this offseason, but in sum they did not amount to the makeover that many, including myself, were looking for.   Continue reading

Mission Statement

Hi y’all, welcome to my new blog.   I’m a Golden State Warriors fan, and this blog will be dedicated to following the team’s progress.  I will be trying to post after every game with my analysis.  Occasionally pre-game as well if I anticipate that a particular matchup will be intriguing.  Don Nelson is the most creative coach in the league, and I get a kick out of trying to anticipate how he will deal with difficult matchups.  Maggette on Aldridge?  Harrington on Yao?  Jackson on Nowitzki?  Jackson on Chris Paul?  Biedrins on David West?  Nellie rarely disappoints in this regard.  He’s the best in the league at making adjustments, mixing and matching, completely unafraid to try something new.  Some of his experiments go down in flames.  But a great many more are successful beyond measure, and all are entertaining regardless of success.  If you enjoy watching the Warriors, and watching the great basketball mind of Don Nelson in action, you might enjoy this blog. Continue reading