That didn’t take long. We now have Joe Lacob taking a victory bow over the resurgent Warriors, courtesy of Tim Kawakami:
It is absolutely hilarious that Lacob has succeeded in making TK and Ric Bucher — the two most vitriolic Warriors critics of years past — his tame house pets. It is an utterly brilliant media strategy, which began as soon as Lacob took over the Warriors, and designated TK as his go-to source for interviews. [end vitriol]
And now to see TK’s mentor, NBA gossip columnist Ric Bucher, fallen from his perch as TV analyst and stalking the Warriors sidelines as Craig-Sager-lite? Forced to muzzle his vicious gossip-mongering nature concerning all things Warriors? Absolutely delicious. Life does have its small pleasures.
It has recently extended to the SF Chronicle, which now reprints Bob Fitzgerald interviews of Warriors players as news stories. And it has also extended to the blogging community. Some leading blog sites now participate in a round table hosted on Warriors.com, and Bob Myers is taking them all out to dinner…. All quite brilliant.
There does remain one independent voice covering the Warriors, however.
Some humorous moments from the interview:
Lacob taking credit for making the Warriors bigger. Is he referring to the 6-7″ and 6-6″ players currently being played at power forward in crunch time? Or the 6-9″ center that Don Nelson traded for?
Lacob stating that the small backcourt of Ellis and Curry had limitations, never mentioning that the Warriors are still playing a two point guard backcourt. Come to think of it, NO ONE is mentioning that.
(This reminds me of Adam Lauridsen recently writing that the Warriors are now winning because “the team is built the right way.” Seriously? What planet are these guys living on? The Warriors are winning now because they are built exactly as Don Nelson intended them to be built three years ago. And are playing Nellieball.)
Lacob pointing the finger at Bogut (!!!) for the microfracture coverup. Myers points the finger at Lacob, Lacob points the finger at Bogut. These are some high character individuals.
Once again, Lacob refuses to mention Larry Riley by name. Remember him? RILEY is the guy who found Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green.
But Kirk gets credit.
And my favorite moment of all, Lacob listing the attributes that make Bob Myers a great GM:
“… [H]e has great inter-personal skills, he manages relationships very well, he LISTENS very well.”
Note on Klay Thompson:
Ever since I predicted about two weeks ago that Klay Thompson would eventually be an all-star, Klay has been absolutely balling. I just noted that over the last 8 games, Thompson is the 16th ranked fantasy player in the entire NBA. 16th. Even I was a little shocked by that, and it inspired me to write this note.
Of course I know that fantasy basketball is not anything close to the same thing as real basketball. But when I scan the names of the top 16 fantasy players in the league there are only two who have not been all-stars: Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving. (I think that might be remedied at some point.)
(And as an aside, I think fantasy basketball rankings have a much higher correlation to actual NBA performance than all the advanced stats made up by snake-oil salesmen like John Hollinger. Hollinger’s influential PER? Currently has JaVale McGee ranked the 7th best player in the league. Closely followed by one-legged Nene, Brook Lopez, Eric Bledsoe and Andray Blatche. Baloney. Garbage.)
This is Klay Thompson’s stat line over the last 8 games:
16.9 pts, 3.4 3/gm, .466 FG%, 1.000 FT%, 4.5 rb/gm, 3.1 ass/gm, 1.4 steals/gm, 0.8 blocks/gm.
Anyone who doesn’t see the greatness in those numbers is just being stubborn. Thompson’s all-around floor game has blossomed at small forward, his true position. If he continues to be played there, he’ll be an all-star within three years.