I watched two thirds of the Warriors – Rockets game last night before turning the channel. There was a Milwaukee Bucks game on.
I did have a couple of thoughts during the Rockets game, though. Persistent, disturbing thoughts involving a couple of the Rockets’ players.
The presence of Samuel Dalembert in the middle — a real, live, shot-blocking, NBA defensive center — completely shut down Mark Jackson’s walk-it-up offense. Sam Dalembert is clearly no Chris Kaman. He can play. Does his name ring a bell? He was the last free-agent center off the board this past summer. Signed by the Rockets for $7 million per AFTER the Warriors plunked down $7 million on the The Kwame Brown Era.
Why am I the only Warriors writer who has been asking whether the Warriors really needed to trade Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh — and tank this season — in order to land a defensive center?
Goran Dragic also disturbed me, as I watched him surgically dismember Nate Robinson, and eat him alive. Dragic is something you might not be familiar with, since he’s something the Warriors have not had for two long seasons, ever since Joe Lacob assumed his position as GM.
A veteran backup point guard. You know, the kind of player some GMs like to put on their roster before the season starts, to indicate their intention to win basketball games.
That’s all I’ve got on Warriors basketball. I’m not going to be recapping any more Warriors games for awhile. It puts a real sour taste in my mouth to write about a team whose management has actively tanked their season. And I just don’t have the heart for it any more. Been there, done that.
Anyway, my writing around this time of year has a tendency to deteriorate into rants involving knives and backs, which you can verify if you like by reading my posts about Joe Lacob’s Tanked Season Number One in last year’s archives. So consider yourselves lucky. You’re welcome.
You also may have noticed that I’ve removed the TiqIQ widget from my sidebar. I don’t want to be in the business of selling Warriors tickets right now. It’s a lousy business. Doesn’t feel right.
I’m not going away, though. There’s a lot more exciting basketball to watch this season. I’ll be tuning in to the Denver Nuggets, the Milwaukee Bucks, the San Antonio Spurs, the OKC Thunder and the Miami Heat. To watch some beautiful, uptempo, spread-floor, creative basketball, directed by coaches of great intelligence and accomplishment. Winning basketball, that has fully integrated the advances to the game that Don Nelson made during his brilliant career. Playoff basketball.
Yes, I’ll be wallowing in “the sins of the past.”
I will of course continue to share my thoughts on the Warriors — such as they are — in the comments section. I greatly enjoy the basketball discussion that has (mysteriously to me) built itself up on my eccentric and crabby little site. A big thank you to all my readers for that.
I’ll be back recapping Warriors games next season.
At least for the first part of the season.
You know, maybe Joe Lacob was right after all….
Maybe I’m not a real fan.