Kwame Brown, Joe Lacob and the Golden State Warriors’ Missing Piece

Two left feet, oh, so neat, 
Has sweet Georgia Brown! – Louis Armstrong

Kwame Brown

If anyone had told me in 2009 that in a few short years I would be watching the  Warriors’ second rookie coach in as many seasons lean on Kwame Brown in crunch time, I would never have started this blog.  That’s a fact.

And yet here we are.                                         

Look, I get what Kwame Brown brings to the Warriors. Useful early and mid-game minutes against the big bruisers of the league.  I’m sure David Lee and Ekpe Udoh are grateful for that relief. Not to mention Andris Biedrins, who apparently prefers to collect his paycheck on the bench at this point in his career.

I get that Kwame is a guy who can match up defensively against big front lines.  Who can hold  his position against behemoths, make a good rotation if he doesn’t have far to go, and is a strong defensive rebounder. I get that.

I even saw that first-half play last night, where Kwame simply overpowered Tim Duncan in the lane, and dunked with authority. That sure impressed the uninitiated rookies on the Warriors bench. Unfortunately, that play was simply the fantasy of Kwame Brown, that has bewitched so many NBA executives before Joe Lacob.

The reality of Kwame Brown is everything that came later.  The panicked inability to finish point blank looks against the 6-7″ DeJuan Blair.  The clutching at his face after one blown layup, as if Blair had hurt him.  Yes, he’s still doing it, 10 seasons after Doug Collins and Michael Jordan hoped he would grow out of it.

The panicked trips to the free throw line. The Hack-a-Kwame, which Mark Jackson should feel disgraced he even allowed.

The hopeless clogging of the Warriors lane, and the complete marginalization of David Lee in the fourth quarter.  Mark Jackson featured Kwame, of all people, in the pick and roll with Monta last night. Kwame Brown over David Lee in the pick and roll. Did you see Lee’s spacing whenever Kwame grabbed the pass at the free throw line?  He had to dive for cover. Mark Jackson has them in the same area of the floor. Absolutely hopeless.

Monta eventually realized he had to stop passing if he hoped to win, but by then Kwame’s picks couldn’t even get him open for a shot. Because Kwame’s defender was comfortable leaving Kwame completely alone, and double teaming Monta. Pathetic. Wretched to watch.

And Kwame’s crunch time defense?  Mark Jackson seems completely unable to comprehend that Kwame Brown is a terrible defender against small lineups.  He cannot guard the pick and roll at all.  (Didn’t we know that already after the New Orleans fiasco?)

And his switches against shooting lineups, even when he’s playing zone, pull him too far out of the lane to protect the basket or even rebound effectively.  And yet Mark Jackson has repeatedly made the same horrible mistake of playing Kwame against small ball lineups.  Last night, the Spurs ended the game with a lineup of Duncan, Jefferson, Green, Parker and Ford.  Richard Jefferson at the four.

What possible prayer does Mark Jackson think he has playing big against that lineup with Kwame? With Lee completely wasted on offense, and useless on defense?  Greg Popovich did to the Warriors exactly what Don Nelson used to do against all the big stiffs in the league, and the coaches who played them.

Mark Jackson bemoaned the Warriors giving up 31 in the fourth quarter last night.  He needs to recognize his own role in that result.  And he also should start thinking about his role in the 18 points the Warriors put up on offense.  And the 12 point quarter they put up against the Sixers.  This Warriors team will not win many games if Mark Jackson holds them to 90 points or less.

Here’s my memo to Mark Jackson:  Kwame Brown should never be played in the fourth quarter. NEVER.

Kwame Brown should simply be used as a bridge to the Warriors’ fourth quarter lineup.  The way the TWolves use Milicic to get to Love at center and Tolliver at PF.  The way the Celtics use O’Neal/Stiemsma to get to Garnett and Bass. The way the Spurs use DeJuan Blair to get to Duncan and… Richard Jefferson.

It’s not rocket science.  The Warriors have one of the very best players in the league at the center position, David Lee.  In Lee and Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry they have one of the deadliest pick and roll tandems in the entire league, and potentially in league history.  They need to play this lineup in the fourth quarter if they want to win. Remember the Bulls and Knicks games? That’s how it’s done.

So who should the Warriors be playing alongside David Lee, if not Kwame Brown? Who is the player that fits, who facilitates the fabulous pick and roll potential of the Warriors offense, and yet for short stretches at least, doesn’t give up anything on defense or rebounding against the bigger players in the league? Who should be the closing power forward for the Warriors?

That’s the dilemma that Mark Jackson finds himself in.

Because that player is simply not on Joe Lacob’s roster.

Joe Lacob and the Warriors’ Missing Piece

What is the biggest difference between the Warriors, and teams like the Spurs, Mavs, Trailblazers, Nuggets, Thunder, Grizzlies, Clippers and Lakers? Or teams like the Celtics, Bulls, Pacers, Heat, Magic, Hawks?

If you answered: “Those are all playoff teams, the best teams in the league, and the Warriors are not,” you get partial credit.

So what is it?  Here’s a hint: Nowitzki, Cardinal, Bonner, Gerald Wallace, Harrington, Gallinari, Durant, Brian Cook, Gomes, Gay, Troy Murphy, Barnes,  Bass, Jeff Green, Deng, Granger, Lebron James, Ryan Anderson, Turkoglu, Josh Smith, Vlad Rad.

Do you get what I’m driving at? All of those teams have shooters that they can slot into the power forward (or center) position at key times of the game. Power forwards that can open up the floor with their shooting ability. True small-ball fours. Or what I like to call spread fours.

Why is this important?  Well, because when you can completely spread the floor on offense, you become impossible to guard, no matter how good the defense is.  Last season’s champion Dallas Mavericks were the ultimate example of that, vanquishing one of the league’s best defenses with devastating pick and roll offense spearheaded by JJ Barea, that was opened up by their ability to take 21 threes in each of the last two games of the Finals. And hit them.

Power forwards that can shoot are prized possessions among the elite teams in the league.  They are essential to the facilitation of good offense, and when they have some effectiveness on the defensive end, are among the ultimate creators of point-differential.

So why don’t the Warriors have a true spread four?  Someone that could take the court alongside David Lee, and spread the floor for three of the most talented players in the NBA?  Someone that could turn the Warriors into one of the NBA’s most efficient fourth-quarter teams?

It’s because there is an immense hole in Joe Lacob’s understanding of NBA basketball.  Joe Lacob does not even believe in the concept of the spread four. He does not want to allow his coaches even the possibility of playing one.

As has been evidenced by his every personnel move since he took over the team.

Anthony Tolliver and Vladimir Radmanovic v. Lou Amundson

There is no better evidence of Joe Lacob’s mistaken prejudice against spread fours than the Warriors’ treatment of Anthony Tolliver and Vladimir Radmanovic.

What was the first thing that Joe Lacob did when he took over the Warriors? I mean even before he released a veteran point guard to sign Jeremy Lin? The first thing he did was refuse to let Don Nelson sign Anthony Tolliver, who was not only a hustle and dirty-work player, but a multi-faceted spread four.  He then picked up in Tolliver’s place Lou Amundson, a guy who is lucky if he can hit the backboard from the free throw line.  For virtually the same money. How many games did just this simple $2.5M move cost the Warriors last season?

Anthony Tolliver is now closing out games for Hall of Famer Rick Adelman in Minnesota. Spreading the floor for Ricky Rubio.

Lou Amundson has migrated to the perfect team for him, demographically speaking: the Indiana Pacers. Where he’s picking up some garbage time. Until Jeff Foster returns.

Vladimir Radmanovic was an integral part of the Warriors best lineup last season.  One of only two Warriors to finish with a positive +/- for the year. The guy whose ability to spread the floor allowed Monta Ellis and David Lee to shine in the fourth quarter. And yet, his minutes were seriously restricted and extremely unpredictable. Dependent on whether Lou Amundson was available.

There was never any question that Vlad was the last guy that Joe Lacob wanted to see on the court, was there?  Just as there was never any question that he would not be back in a Warriors uniform.

Vlad Rad was signed by the 4-2 Atlanta Hawks this season, where he backs up Josh Smith at power forward. Shooting 40% from three. Spreading the floor.

Why didn’t Joe Lacob want these two valuable spread-fours anywhere near the Warriors?

It’s because he didn’t believe in them.  He believed in Lou Amundson.

And now Dominic McGuire.

Klay Thompson v. Markieff Morris

I have already explained in a previous post why Don Nelson would have been extremely unlikely to have drafted Klay Thompson.

And I doubt that he would have any interest in Kemba Walker or Jimmer Fredette with a Curry, Ellis backcourt.  Utah’s pick at 12, Alec Burks — if he actually pans out to be a defender with an outside shot — is a guy Nellie never had a problem finding at the bottom of the draft. Or in the D-leagues.

But what about Markieff Morris?  A 6-10″ 245 lb. spread four who can bury the NBA three, shoot his free throws at 80%, run the high pick and roll to perfection as a rookie, makes passes, AND get you 8-10 rebounds a game?  Would Don Nelson have had any interest in that sort of player?

No need to answer that question.  I can see Morris as a player that Don Nelson would have traded down to get, as he did when he picked up Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash in a three-way deal with Milwaukee and Phoenix with the #6 pick in 1998.

Klay Thompson looks like he’s going to be a decent NBA player. But he is highly unlikely to become as good an NBA player as Markieff Morris. Why? Because in the NBA, there are lots of good-shooting 6-7″ wing men who are mediocre defenders.  They are literally a dime a dozen.

But big, rugged, and athletic spread fours like Markieff Morris? They are an extremely rare and precious commodity.

The guy Joe Lacob fired to install himself as GM knew this better than anyone. But as we know, Joe Lacob doesn’t believe in spread-fours.

He believes in Kwame Brown.

Joe Lacob v. Robert Sarver

I had this thought while watching the Phiasco in Phoenix. What is the biggest difference between Joe Lacob and Robert Sarver?  Well, one of them talks about how much money he wants to spend, while the other talks about how little money he wants to spend.  (Though neither of them spend it.)

But that’s not it.  The biggest difference is that one is content to simply be a penny-pinching owner, while the other has installed himself as GM.

It shows.

 

24 Responses to Kwame Brown, Joe Lacob and the Golden State Warriors’ Missing Piece

  1. With thanks to rgg, I’m moving this link on the Warriors’ current pursuit of Joe Lacob’s white whale to this thread:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AkRr95Q5XpejK2goMuFrZyy8vLYF?slug=aw-wojnarowski_dwight_howard_warriors_010512

    I do believe that I predicted that the Warriors would get heavily involved in the Howard trade:

    http://feltbot.com/2011/12/24/joe-lacob-and-the-hidden-meaning-of-the-warriors-bench/

    It was made completely obvious by Lacob’s refusal to offer multi-year contracts to anyone who’s not a transformative center.

    I think the Warriors would be far more likely to land Pau Gasol in a three way deal, but conversely, that would (incorrectly) be far less likely to appeal to Joe Lacob.

    Is it ok now for me to bring up the “tanking” word again? As in, Joe Lacob is tanking this season just as he tanked last season? Many of you think this is far too strong a word. Well then, let me ask you this: Is Mark Cuban tanking this season in his own quest to harpoon Dwight Howard? You know, the guy who refused to defend his championship by re-signing Tyson Chandler and JJ Barea?

    Tyson Chandler certainly thinks so:
    http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4682610/jason-terry-blows-of-tyson-chandlers-comments

    Anyone who looks with a comprehending eye at the one-year deals that Joe Lacob handed out to nobodies this season must realize that Lacob is looking past this season. Far enough past it to sacrifice it completely.

    In my book, that’s tanking. Joe Lacob does not believe in the Curry-Ellis-Lee core of this team, and he will not give them the chance to flourish that they deserve.

  2. Hard to believe the Warriors can swing Howard, but can anybody run scenarios? Who would we have to give up? Probably Ellis, since Curry is looking like a risk. Who else can we offer, other than Lee? Yet his contract.

    But even if we did cut a deal, what would we have left and what kind of team would that be? I can’t imagine–we’d have maybe one or two and a half major pieces and probably still be years getting the rest. Then why would the offer appeal to Howard and encourage him stay? They’re looking at a one-year rental. And when Howard leaves, what do we have left?

    But then there’s this:

    “The Warriors think they can sell Howard on the endorsement possibilities of a global NBA star in Silicon Valley.” (from AW’s column)

    Goodness, Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.

  3. A few more thoughts on the Howard situation: It occurred to me when the Warriors were pursuing Fesenko, and then signed Nate Robinson, that Lacob was stockpiling pieces to replace Curry/Ellis/Biedrins in the event of a trade.

    This also happens to be the only persuasive reason behind drafting Klay Thompson.

    Also, could it be that the Ws are protecting Biedrins from injury by playing him so few minutes? Or could they be showcasing Kwame?

    Such are the pathetic thoughts of a Warriors fan, whose team is being shopped for a second straight year.

  4. Meanwhile, Smart has been given a two year contract and D’Antoni is rumored to be on the ropes in NY. (Both just reported at Yahoo, Spears and AW)

    I’m guessing D’Antoni isn’t getting his kind of players or is being allowed to run the team the way he wants.

    Who is running the show?

  5. Wow, lots of interesting points here Felt. I agree with many, though certainly not all. I agree with the need for a spread 4 but not that we’d play him in all Q4′s. It is an important tool to have in the shed, however, to create or respond to matchup issues. As a default, my preference would be to play a strong defensive/rebounding 5 who can shoot free throws with a strong 4 who can score and defend. I don’t feel that we have either of those players, but of course Lee is closer at the 4 or 5 than Kwame or AB.

    Re last night’s game, Lee really had his problems scoring and rebounding, unrelated to Kwame’s presence. Lee did not appear to be himself, likely resulting from his illness. I think Jackson was in a box.

    Re Howard, I can’t even take the talk seriously, though it makes me wonder what Curry and Ellis must be thinking after playing their hearts out (and brilliantly) last night, only to read about this today (while Curry wonders about his future health anyway). There is no way I’d trade Curry or Ellis for one-year of Howard. I have not in the past been a big Ellis fan, but he really has stepped up his overall game this year imo and his talent is undeniable.

    Did Lacob draft Thompson thinking he would eventually trade Ellis or Curry? Yes, likely to replace Ellis. I think Thompson will be quite a bit better than you do once he gets more seasoning, but we’ll have to see on that. And, even so, Morris looks like a great pick and likely more valuable. Regarding who Nellie would have drafted, you may well have a better idea than me but I continue to think Nellie would have drafted Monroe over Udoh. I think Nellie would have loved Thompson’s playmaking ability (which you appear to doubt) and length and probably have picked him, but I agree he would have loved Morris, too.

    And how about the Kings replacing Westphal with Keith Smart?! Can you imagine?

    • The Westphal firing might be fallout from the problem with Cousins. As a guess, he could have gotten a no-confidence vote from other players too. Smart may not be a great coach – it’s hard to know how much of the Ws’ game strategizing last year was Smart’s vs. Lacob’s – but he does seem to be well-liked by players.

  6. Chris Paul wasn’t going to sign any extension with the Warriors and neither will Howard, so what’s the point of all this rumor mill nonsense? Yeah, let’s trade half our team for 3 months of Dwight Howard!! LOL

    Howard recently mentioned Monta as someone he’d like to play with so Lacob and Co would obviously want to keep Ellis as part of any group that would potentially entice Howard to re-sign with GSW. And just as obviously (IMO), Curry, Thompson and Biedrins would be offered by the Warriors. After that, who knows what and how many other names could be swapped back and forth between the two teams, and possibly other teams as well? Unless Curry’s ankle/foot problems suddenly go away his trade value will remain well below his actual “book value”. Not good if you’re the Warriors daring to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

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    Warriors official statement on Steph Curry’s current situation:

    “At the end of last season, Stephen Curry was examined by Dr. Mark Myerson in Baltimore and Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, both renowned foot and ankle specialists. Both doctors recommended ligament reconstruction on his right ankle, which was performed by Dr. Anderson in May of 2011. Since that time, Dr. Tim McAdams and the Stanford medical team have continued to work with Dr. Anderson and the Warriors’ athletic training staff regarding Stephen’s ankle. His summer-long rehabilitation went extremely well and no problems were encountered until he suffered a sprain of the ankle at Sacramento on December 20.

    “Stephen performs functional tests well. He is taped, wears an ankle brace and has a different shoe. For no lack of effort on anyone’s behalf, the problem has continued. At this point, Stephen will continue to receive treatment and rehabilitation and his status is day-to-day. He will be evaluated by Dr. McAdams prior to our game in Oakland on Saturday, when we hope to determine the best way to proceed.”

    – Warriors GM Larry Riley

  7. MT: The Warriors and Curry. Some pretty interesting reading including comments from Curry’s mom.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_19682332?source=autofeed#

    • I love the quote from Curry’s mom:

      “You learn to play through it. Dell’s at home right now and his ankles are as big as oranges,” said Curry’s mother, Sonya, referring to former NBA player Dell Curry, Stephen’s father. “It’s a process that he’s working through, and we are confident he can do that. … Fans hear that you’re having surgery and they think, ‘There won’t be any problems whatsoever.’ But that’s not what happens. The reality is that the ankle is going to have to work itself out. As long as he can perform with it, we aren’t concerned.”

      The way I read it, she’s calling out her son and telling him to deal with it. I couldn’t agree more. It’s a sprain, for pete’s sake. Nothing broken; nothing torn. Take a day or two and then get out on the court and play.

      • There isn’t any question that players from years long-since-passed dealt with ankle sprains much differently.

        Rick Barry used to sprain his ankle seemingly more often than Curry and as time passed he missed very few, if any, games. Same thing with Jim Barnett, who has talked on air on numerous occasions about being able to deal with sprains and play through them, missing less and less time the more they occur. Apparently, you can throw Dell Curry into that mix, just to name three.

        I hope against hope (only because we’re talking Warriors and their almost exclusive hold on bad luck) that Curry can overcome what he’s going through now and become the player we all know he can be, and do so wearing a GSW jersey.

  8. Re Curry’s continuing ankle problems, here’s the deal:

    http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00150

    Here’s the non-medical-language version:

    There are 3 classes of sprains. An overstretched ligament is a Class 1 sprain. A Class 2 sprain includes some ligament tears. A complete separation of a ligament is a Class 3. The usual treatment is the same in all cases – rest and anti-inflammatories (ice and NSAIDs).

    Even a Class 3 sprain will usually heal on its own in a couple of weeks if the area is immobilized, unless a separated ligament starts to retract. That’s the only case where surgery is required for healing.

    “Playing through it” (like Curry’s mom suggests) does not help a sprain heal. Athletes have to play through muscle pain, but a sprain is a damaged (stretched, inflamed and possibly torn) ligament. Getting sore (but healthy) muscles mean you’re making progress and getting stronger. Getting sore from a sprain means the opposite.

    Repeatedly re-spraining an area can eventually necessitate surgery to shorten ligaments that have become too stretched or structurally unsound to function effectively. That’s the surgery Curry had last summer. In theory, it should have strengthened and stabilized his ankle.

    Because he’s still having problems after surgery, my chiropractor agrees with the proprioreceptor theory mentioned in the article. There are balance/conditioning exercises that can help. If you’ve ever seen someone in the gym balancing one-footed on a wobbly surface, that’s what they’re doing. It doesn’t make them stronger so much as it improves their body’s ability to deal with the situation unconsciously and automatically. The goal would be to take Curry’s mind off his ankle, so he could just play.

    • One thing we haven’t heard discussed is the severity of the sprains, and several have been quite bad. I said this before, that Curry doesn’t watch where he lands, and many times he lands on another player’s foot. He moves with abandon, and needs to make this adjustment–

      when he can get going again.

  9. I agree with you totally regarding K.Brown, your belief that the Warriors should have drafted Morris, not Thompson, and that Lacob just doesn’t get it.

    Since the firing of Nelson and Smart, the Warriors have continued on a downhill spiral given the player moves that have been made. This is not to say that I was happy with both coaches overplaying players.

    It’s clear that the Warriors have little chance of incrementally improving, given that the Warriors did not obtain a first rate center, and have little prospect for obtaining one next year via free agency or the draft. When such failures are coupled with the Warriors letting R.Williams and Toliver go, and making a bad choice by drafting Thompson, the Warriors have no alternative, but to start from scratch. As of right now, I cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel.

    They have to build inside-out, and the Warriors have to take the risk by blowing up the team, trading for Howard, and hoping that Howard resigns after one year, so be it.

  10. Stating the obvious and somewhat in defense of the coach and FO, no one expected Curry to go down or that Dorrell would have such a bad start or that Lee would get sick. These are serious blows. But Miami, who supposedly has a bad bench, just beat Atlanta without James and Wade. Someone in the know analyze that bench–and we don’t have it.

    Lopez, Ginobli, and many more with bad injuries–will anyone be left standing at the end of the season?

  11. Feltie,

    Fun article, It was very obvious as you state that San Antonio was running and pushing the ball resulting in several wide open shots as the Dubs whole defense (not just Brown) left them open. How about RJ who was hitting outside shots. Is he a spread 4?

    On the plus side

    Kwame is fun to watch as he is willing to bang and he is willing to get fouled. And alas 50% from the FT line. But he exposes our favorite Biedrins because he is much more aggressive and willing to make mistakes out there. The tan looks nice, but isnt it obvious he will not play very much going forward?

    One minor quibble with Vlad. He was not a consistent outside shooter and made a ton of money, a likely factor on why they let him go.

  12. Lacob seems to put more faith in toughness, strength and athleticism over skill and smarts. So last year I always wondered how much of Keith Smart’s decision-making was driven by Lacob’s philosophy. Did Smart have any say in signing Amundson? Did Smart know how to use his players better than Lacob, but go along with Lacob just to get along? Did Lacob actually even phone in Smart’s game-time substitutions?

    Those same nagging questions come up anytime I see Jackson running plays for Kwame Brown over David Lee, or playing speedy Ish Smith (6-0, career .379 shooter, poor defender) over smooth and solid Charles Jenkins (6-3 225, college career .458 shooter, good defender, smart player and true mensch).

    Ya gotta wonder.

    Maybe you’re right, Feltx. Maybe Lacob’s team could win more if he’d simply let them do it. Maybe he fired Nelson just to plug in someone more amenable to his vision of how basketball should be played. Maybe he’ll have to keep swapping in new rookie coaches every year until he comes up with someone who can win his way. I hope not. But ya gotta wonder.

  13. Speaking of injuries–and harboring a frightening thought–does anybody know what happened to Azubuike? Has he played since his injury, and is he out for good?

    I saw it, too, his injury a few years back–he just went up awkwardly for a layup.

  14. Vonteego Cummings

    “The Warriors have one of the very best players in the league at the center position, David Lee.”

    Head scratcher. Know the author has man love for Don Nelson, and that Lee would do well in a pick and roll matched up with the opposing team’s (slow) center, but…wow.

  15. VC, are you judging Lee by how he has played out of position at PF for inexperienced coaches in the wrong system, or how he actually played at center for a great coach in the right system? How he has played waiting on the wings for an escape pass, or how he played when featured in the pick and roll?

    How he played in D’Antoni’s running game, or how he played in Smart’s walking game?

    Playing with a terrible point guard (Chris Duhon), David Lee put up 20 and 12 for a season at center for the Knicks, and took a trip to the all-star game. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out how he did that while not being one of the best centers in the league.

    Speaking of centers, I owe Kwame Brown some makeup props for his performance against the Lakers, which will be given in my next post…

  16. The Warriors better win tonight against Utah cause Miami and Orlando are lined up for next week. Hard to be enthused with 3 wins in your first 10 games but that looks like best case scenario after losing to LAL.

    Good to see Klay Thompson finally start shooting like advertised.

    Monta was Monta, and the refs still refuse to give this kid the whistles he deserves on his drives inside. Unbelievable!

    So nice to see a big guy down inside mix it up and even do some scoring. Good game, KB. Not a good game for Biedrins……oh, that’s right, he missed another game because he stubbed his toe and twisted his ankle on the way to a tanning salon.

    Rumor: Dorell Wright actually made a few shots (will confirm after watching highlight package one more time). Not a rumor: Made the dumbest play of the night…….game time dwindling but GSW still has a chance when Monta picks up loose ball and passes over his head backwards down court where both Wright and Robinson were headed. Robinson, without the ball, runs to the 3-point corner wide open only to watch Wright fake the pass, do some sort of out of control 360 spin THEN try and pass him the ball only to have his weak pass easily intercepted. I know it’s so ESPN-ish but Wright has been so wrong in these first 7 games.

    Liked the effort from Robinson. I give the signing a thumbs up.

    Forget KB, the Warriors HAVE to shoot better from the free throw line. Their numbers were horrendous last night.

    Two things you can always count on: Death and Kobe killing the Warriors. And on that bright note………..

    • Good recap, Steve. You could give Felty a run for his money. Oh, and thanks for reminding me of our small forward’s name. He did actually make some shots in the 4th quarter.