Monthly Archives: October 2009

Permission to speak granted, Private Jackson

How about a positive Stephen Jackson development, that is likely to go underreported by our malicious local press? Jackson is admitting that this Warriors team is better than he thought they’d be, and that his outburst may have been a mistake.  Check it out.  (Skip past the ridiculous Barkley fantasy).

The Warriors Bet

OK, so we have Stephen Jackson trying to force a trade, a  disgruntled Monta Ellis even more disgruntled by the drafting of new kid on the block Stephen Curry, Brandon Wright out for the season, again, with a dismembered wing, news that Rony Turiaf is playing with a torn cartilage, and our lone remaining power forward on the roster, 225 lb. stringbean Anthony Randolph, already pulverized to a pulp and doubtful for the season opener.  According to rumor, our starting point guard is a rookie, and our starting power forward is a 6-6″ small forward.  Am I leaving anything out?

Oh yes: we have a snarling pack of Bay Area sportswriters circling Don Nelson like arctic wolves around a wounded bull moose, hoping for a big kill to swell their circulations.

Could this possibly be the time to consider betting on the Warriors?               Continue reading

Warriors 126 New Orleans 92

“In small proportions we just beauties see….”    — Ben Jonson

I listened to this game on the radio.  Thank God we’re done with basketball that isn’t televised.  Let’s get this party started!

Common sense tells us there is nothing to take away from this last preseason game.  New Orleans clearly wasn’t in the mood to have fun:  they left Chris Paul, David West, Emeka Okafor and Julian Wright on the bench.  The Warriors went without four of their starters as well, but for more lugubrious reasons.  Biedrins was being rested, but Randolph, Azubuike and Jackson were out with injuries.

I have never been overly afflicted with common sense, though. Continue reading

Lakers 113 Warriors 107

Who makes the pre-season schedule anyway?  Whoever it is has no sensitivity to the feelings of the Warriors and their fans.  Its hard to go into the regular season feeling good about your team’s chances when every other preseason game they’ve played has been against the World Champion Lakers.  Continue reading

Kings 101 Warriors 94

I missed the game, not being able to find the usual internet links.  Anyone see it?

Again flying blind, but I do have some thoughts looking at the box score:

Stephen Jackson

The number one story, obviously, is Stephen Jackson.  Nellie played him all 48, which is interesting.  First of all, of course, because he managed to keep from getting tossed out of the game and suspended.  Secondly, because Nellie didn’t give him a blow.  I’m guessing this was for conditioning, Jackson having missed a day or two.  We’ll find out, as I’m sure the latrine-stirrers will be all over this like flies.  Continue reading

Pre-game Links

Stephen Jackson talks.  Again.  Nothing new, except a futher indication that Jackson is resigning himself to remaining a Warrior for this year, or as long as it takes to find a trade.  Continue reading

Breakfast Links

Stephen Jackson is going to have to do worse than this to force himself off the Warriors.  Don Nelson is trying his hardest to fold him back into the team.  He expounded yesterday on Jackson on Ralph and Tom’s show on KNBR.  You can probably listen to the whole thing at the KNBR site,  but the Chron produced a nice summary.   Continue reading

Hot Links and Flap-Jacks

A few links from around the league:

Is anyone considering the possibility that Jackson will wind up not going anywhere?  And did Don Nelson steal this draft? Ron Artest with positive takes on Jackson and Stephen Curry.     Continue reading

Private Jackson

Trying to parse Jackson’s words is a mistake.  It is a trivial exercise to find all the contradictions, frequently within the same sentence.  Nothing that’s coming out of his mouth makes sense, except the generality that he’s trying to communicate:  he feels betrayed, and he wants no connection to the team.     Continue reading

Clippers 124 Warriors 117

I missed the game.  When your girlfriend is taking you out to a fine restaurant on your birthday, it’s pretty tough to say, “But honey, it’s a pre-season game against the Clippers!”

A couple of things stand out from the box score:       Continue reading