Exhibition season is now over, and because I’ve been out of town for almost all of it, what I know about this year’s Warriors is similar to what an amateur astronomer knows about a streaking comet by watching it through a telescope, on a cloudy night. But will that stop me from commenting, analyzing and prognosticating? No, it will not.
Feltbot rides again. Continue reading
Once again we have an ultra-competitive Western Conference, where 48 wins might not be enough to to get into the playoffs, and a handful of teams have a legitimate shot at the top spot. Here’s my forecast, along with my picks against the Vegas Win-Totals Lines. Regular readers know I’ve had pretty good success with these historically, and particularly recently, going 10-1-1 the last two seasons. But I found only two lines to bet this season, because I demand a lot of edge, and I just don’t see it this year. Sometimes the bookies are pretty good.
[edit: I'm now betting THREE Western Conference lines, going over on the TWolves.] Continue reading
Opening a new thread as the old one appears to have expired. Unfortunately I’m still out of town, but hope to return in the next few days.
Regarding the caching problem, it could be on my end as I have a caching plugin. Something to add to my to do list.
Apologies again for the absence and thanks for your patience.
This is that time of year when nothing NBA happens, and I take a break from blogging. It also so happens that this year I’ve found the Warriors’ offseason moves to be thoroughly dispiriting, leaving me more lethargic than usual. I’m in the jaws of the Black Dog.
But don’t let that stop you.
“The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. You that way: we this way.” — Armado
Kevin Love to the Cavs for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick. That’s the melancholy news greeting Warriors fans this morning. Continue reading
Billy Beane is quite clearly the class of baseball. The best talent evaluator as well as the best GM at timing and executing really complex moves whether tactical (for the season) or strategic (for the future).
I think dumping Cespedes for a stretch run and playoff run with Lester is a sign of his genius, that in all probability no other GM in baseball would have had the guts to pull off. Because Cespedes was in many ways the most exciting player on the As, probably the most identifiable player on the team, a big fan draw. One of the faces of the franchise. Continue reading
There’s been quite a bit of talk this off-season, largely initiated by new head coach Steve Kerr, that the Warriors are going to try to emulate the Spurs motion offense in the coming season. Sounds perfect for the Warriors, doesn’t it? Like the Spurs, the Warriors roster is loaded with high-IQ, high-character, and unselfish players with great passing ability. Spurs offense, here we come! Right?
Sorry, it ain’t gonna happen. Continue reading
I’ll give you all I’ve got to give
If you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give
But what I’ve got I’ll give to you
I don’t care too much for money
For money can’t buy me love
— Lennon and McCartney
Everyone is on pins and needles waiting for the Kevin Love trade to come down. I don’t get it. I simply don’t buy the prevailing media narrative that the Wolves have to make this deal before the season starts. That the offers the Wolves are seeing right now are the best they will get, and that they will lose leverage the longer they wait. Continue reading
That’s my prediction, and I’m putting it on record.
Amid the hoopla of virtually every one of the Warriors’ Western Conference competitors making important signings to improve their rosters, the Warriors’ signing of non-shooting back-up point guard Shaun Livingston to an exorbitant 3 year, $16 million contract has fallen with a thud. No one is talking Warriors in the Western Conference anymore. No one. Continue reading
Zach Lowe of Grantland has just written a characteristically thorough and instructive look at the conundrum the Warriors are facing in trying to trade for Kevin Love. He concludes that the Warriors should make the deal happen, regardless of the pain of swallowing Kevin Martin’s contract.
He might prove right about that in the end, but for what it’s worth I believe he’s made several crucial errors in his analysis. Continue reading