I hate this signing for many reasons, but most particularly because the Warriors now have THREE big men who are afraid to catch the ball for fear of getting fouled.
Before doing anything else, check out this Kobe Bryant story about Kwame Brown. That’s the man that Joe Lacob wants in the middle for the Warriors.
Do you remember what Don Nelson had to say about Biedrins and Amundsen in his radio interview last year? I’m paraphrasing: “You cannot play basketball if you are afraid to use an upfake to get to the free throw line.”
The Warriors will not be able to use either Kwame or Biedrins (nor Amundsen) when in the penalty and most particularly at the end of games.
What else? Well he’s an unreliable shooter, has no post-up game, and can’t pass.
What about his vaunted defensive improvement? Granted, he appears to be able to put a body on big men and keep them out of the lane, without the help of a double team.
But what about shot-blocking? Isn’t that the Warriors greatest real need from a center behind Monta and Curry? Isn’t that what Tyson Chandler and D. Jordan, the two guys the Warriors chased, were exceptional for?
Kwame blocked 0.6 shots/gm last season, in 26 minutes. Ole!
But hey, that Lacob quotient! Kwame pulled down a respectable 6.8 boards/26 min. last season, and will help the Warriors rebounding to an extent. But at what cost? Basketball is a TWO-WAY sport.
I will have a lot more to say about this signing, what it has to say about Lacob’s inflexibility of mind when thinking about basketball, and the reasonable alternatives there were to it, in a future post. But for now, I’ll leave you with a positive thought:
That $7 million expiring contract will be a heck of trade asset.