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. Continue reading
“Saved from what?”
– Estragon, Waiting for Godot
Well, we’ve certainly had some solid indications that Joe Lacob is finally finished tanking the Warriors, haven’t we? Continue reading
Golden State grabs 2-guard Klay Thompson (son of Mychal), a pick that has “We’re trading Monta Ellis” written all over it. — Bill Simmons, 2011 Draft Diary, 6-23-2011.
Let’s be real: Klay Thompson has no chance of becoming rookie of the year. Zero. None. Unless of course, Joe Lacob trades Monta Ellis. Does Lacob know something we don’t? — Feltbot, The Klay Thompson Problem, 12-21-2011.
One thing this trade is not is shocking. It’s something we all knew was coming from day one, when Joe Lacob told us that running teams can’t win in the playoffs, that the “architecture” of the team needed fixing, and that the culture needed changing. And that Stephen Curry and David Lee were the core of the Warriors, and Monta Ellis something else. Continue reading
This guy don’t wanna battle, he’s shook
Cause there ain’t no such thing as half-way crooks. — Eminem*
This game against the Orlando Magic was extremely interesting in the questions it has raised. Was the Hack-a-Dwight a good strategy? Would Don Nelson have done the same thing? Did the Warriors miss Kwame Brown in this game? Did the Warriors have a good game plan in this game?
Could this game have been won?
My one word answers to these questions, in order: No. No. Yes and No. (That’s three words I guess, sorry.) No.
Surprised by these answers? Well, I’m going to surprise you further: I’d like to show you some very simple stats to support them. Yes, this avowed stat hater is going to convince you of the rectitude of his positions by trotting out some very simple stats. Continue reading
Two left feet, oh, so neat,
Has sweet Georgia Brown! – Louis Armstrong
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. Continue reading
The early line on the 2012 NBA win totals just came out. I think they speak for themselves regarding the “changes” that Joe Lacob has brought to the Warriors. Continue reading
Klay Thompson will be in the running for Rookie of the Year. — Joe Lacob
Joe Lacob is gonna really, really regret saying these words, which he splashed all over the media in the preseason. They are wrong on so many levels, not least in the ridiculous expectations they set in the mind of a young player, for all the wrong reasons (see Evans, Tyreke). They are words grounded more in trying to establish Lacob’s credibility as Warriors GM, and in selling tickets and jerseys, than they are in reality, or the best interests of the Golden State Warriors (see Lin, Jeremy).
Let’s be real: Klay Thompson has no chance of becoming rookie of the year. Continue reading
Posted in Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Player Analysis, Previews
Tagged brandon rush, Charles Jenkins, Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Klay Thompson, Monta Ellis, Stephen C, Stephen Curry
Nelson says his plan for the 2010-11 season was to play David Lee at center, because he considers Lee a good power forward and an All-Star center. — Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle April 18, 2011
David Lee played 5 seasons for the New York Knicks, most of which he spent at the center position. In 2009-10, his last Knicks season, he averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds a game, playing exclusively at center. This earned him a well-deserved trip to the All Star game.
So why is it that since Joe Lacob has taken over the Warriors, David Lee has been considered strictly a power forward? Continue reading
Most NBA pundits are predicting that Mark Jackson is about to radically transform the Warriors style, forcing them away from their run and gun roots under Nellie, and towards a slowed-down style that emphasizes defense first.
I am predicting the exact opposite.
Posted in Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, Mark Jackson, Predictions, Previews
Tagged David Lee, Dorell Wright, Golden State Warriors, Kwame Brown, Mark Jackson, Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry
I hate this signing for many reasons, but most particularly because the Warriors now have THREE big men who are afraid to catch the ball for fear of getting fouled.
Before doing anything else, check out this Kobe Bryant story about Kwame Brown. That’s the man that Joe Lacob wants in the middle for the Warriors.