Monthly Archives: September 2015

Writ in Water

Major Nelson: How’d you get in that crazy bottle, anyway?
Jeannie: Oh, a wicked and powerful djinn put me in there…

Well, this is it. Farewell to feltbot. I spoke about my reasons for ending the blog in a post before last year’s championship run, if you’re interested. In a nutshell, everything I’ve yearned for and advocated in Warriors’ basketball has come to pass, and I feel like I have nothing left to say. Well, almost nothing. I have enough left in the tank for one final rant, or appreciation, or whatever it is you want to call what I’ve done here.

But first I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank the loyal readers and posters I’ve had here, many of whom posted kind words when I first announced my departure. You made this blog a special place for me, something I truly never envisioned when I first began this quixotic endeavor, and you inspired me to keep posting my rants and appreciations, laments and war cries, for far longer than I ever would have believed possible. Thanks for coming along on the ride with me. And what a miraculous ride it was in the end, no?

I will be leaving the blog afloat for awhile, a digital monument to folly. As before, the comments section is scheduled to lock after 30 days, but this time it’s for good. Disappointing to my fellow blog participants, I know, and I regret that, but essential to me as I turn my full attention to my next project.

Ok, let’s do it. As you might have deduced from the first two posts of this three part series, I’m going to end this blog exactly as I began it, writing about an underdog. About someone who has never received the recognition he’s deserved, even though he is now in the NBA Hall of Fame. A true and remarkable genius whose astonishing legacy to the Warriors, to the fans of the Bay Area, and to the game of basketball itself, has gone completely unacknowledged since the Warriors won the championship.

A man whose name was writ in water.            Continue reading

Thank You, David Lee

David Lee disappeared quietly from the Warriors’ roster this summer. A back-page item, unworthy of a single quote. An after-thought to the Warriors’ championship.

He was never treated with much respect as a Warrior by media or bloggers. Was in fact the subject of frequent ridicule — just as frequently wrong, as I’ve noted too many times to count — for his defensive shortcomings, while all of his many abilities and accomplishments as a player and a teammate were dismissed and denigrated. At the end of last season, some of the kid bloggers out there even started a joke internet meme at his expense, calling him “your dad’s favorite player.”

Hmmm. As someone of a certain age who has a modest notoriety as a David Lee admirer, you might guess that I’d have something to say about this. And I damn well do.

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The Warriors Asterisk

Well, with Warriors training camp set to begin, I can’t ruminate and procrastinate any longer. It is, as promised, time to wrap up this blog. This post is the first of a three part series. It was originally one post until it grew too long, and as such shares a theme with the posts to follow. So let’s begin, or begin the end, with The Warriors Asterisk:  Continue reading