- Do the Warriors win this game without Devean George? The Warriors had no choice but to sign Reggie Williams, and no choice but to release Raja Bell. George is their third biggest player, and essential to the Warriors survival for the rest of the season. Letting him go would have sent a disastrous message to the locker-room and tanked the team’s morale. You just don’t do that.
- Can someone please explain to me how Raja Bell’s Bird rights are at all meaningful? Bird rights allow you to re-sign a player for MORE than his previous contract, without cap repercussion. There is ZERO CHANCE that Raja Bell will be signed to a bigger contract than he has now, sign-and-trade or no. How was this not another completely manufactured issue? Congratulations, Tim Kawakami and Adam Lauridsen.
- Reggie Williams is not just a good player. He is going to be a star. I realize I’m early on this, but that’s what I am seeing. Additional qualities to just being a lights out shooter: Great handle. Sees the court beautifully — I loved the simple swing of the ball for the CJ Watson three at the end of the third quarter. Point guard abilities — Nellie even used him to run pick and roll with Hunter. Good rebounder, particularly on offense. Nose for the ball. Creative finisher — he knows how to get the ball in the hole in traffic. Ice water in his veins — he wants the ball at the end of the game.
- Cf. Anthony Morrow, who just may be playing his final season for the Warriors.
- Reggie Williams better than OJ Mayo? Don’t laugh.
- Hasheem Thabeet is NOT AN NBA PLAYER. He’s not, sorry. Don Nelson would play him at the same position he played Adonal Foyle, Patrick O’Bryant and Kosta Perovic. Siberia. The idea that Don Nelson could possibly entertain the idea of trading for this giant stiff is a complete joke. Another of the close to one million utter fabrications reported by Tim Kawakami.
- Chris Hunter IS an NBA player. The job he did on Zach Randolph in this game was incredible. That doesn’t happen often. Coming back next year, 100%.
- Monta Ellis was obviously sick as a dog in this game. And in that condition, played OJ Mayo even. When at the point in this game, Monta distributed the ball beautifully. Not a point guard? Hmmm.
- Why would anyone in their right mind want to trade the 6-3″ Ellis for the 6-4″ Mayo? Has anything that Mayo has ever done given you the impression that he could completely take over a game? Drop 50 on Dallas, in Dallas? Drop 40 on San Antonio, in San Antonio, twice? Torture Brandon Roy on defense? Turn Kobe Bryant over 7 times? Or was it 8? Guard Kevin Durant?
- Why did Monta show up for this game, and give everything he had?
- Stephen Curry highlight: The sequence beginning around 6:30 of the third. Curry hits a quick release three. (Is there a quicker release in the league?) On Memphis’ ensuing possession, Curry steals the ball from Conley. Curry sees Tolliver running the break, and threads the needle to him for the slam.
- Curry had a lot of trouble with his handle in this game. And still managed to look like one of the best point guards in the game. While dropping 30. You can have Tyreke Evans, who, by the way, is not a point guard. I’ll take Curry.
- Nellie is obviously restricting Maggette’s minutes. He’s not all the way back from his hamstring. Why did Maggette come back early from his rehab? Why is he giving everything he has?
I’m off to Las Vegas tomorrow for my fantasy baseball draft. Its a pretty tough league, loaded with quants: Economic PhDs from Chicago. They write their own proprietary valuation models, and run it on their laptops during our draft. I’m not kidding. Me, I show up with the baseball mag off the rack at the 7-11. It kind of drives them crazy :>
So I will be missing the next week of glorious Warriors basketball. Love to get your recaps and impressions.
For those of you with upcoming drafts, here are my top sleepers for this season: Randy Ruiz, Mike Aviles, Sean Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, Phil Hughes, Justin Duchsherer.