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.
By now, everyone interested has heard all of the arguments for and against Stephen Curry and James Harden in the MVP discussion. I don’t intend to rehash all of that. I just want to tell you the precise moment in the season when it became crystal clear to me who is the real MVP of the league. Continue reading
The Warriors have reached the quarter pole of the season, and I feel it’s time to take their temperature. Let’s see… 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
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
I’m going to try to refrain from making more out of this Mo Speights 32 point explosion than it is. It was the Sixers, of course, the worst team in the NBA. On a road back-to-back. In the midst of a dual whammy All-Star vacation and Trade Deadline funk. Mid-tank.
The Sixers are a team that for many reasons doesn’t feel like competing right now, and they are not competing at historic levels. Continue reading
Wow. Joe Lacob did his job. He’s shipped out Toney Douglas, getting Jordan Crawford and Marshon Brooks from the Boston Celtics in return. It was a three team deal, in which Douglas went to the Miami Heat, and the Heat sent Joel Anthony and some picks to the Celtics.
I’ve been after Lacob to get Stephen Curry a legitimate backup, and he did just that. He did better than that, in fact. In Jordan Crawford, he got the Warriors a legitimate Sixth Man to replace Jarrett Jack.
And by so doing, has turned the Golden State Warriors into legitimate contenders for the NBA title. Continue reading
It’s become a meme among Warriors fans that the Warriors are attempting to replace the loss of Carl Landry with Marreese Speights, and that somehow that’s a downgrade. I’m totally not buying that. I’m not even getting the idea of “Speights for Landry.” That is NOT what has occurred. Continue reading
Nothing to write about, because it’s dog days…
Oh wait, the 7-1″ 230 lb. Bosnian center Ognjen Kuzmic has apparently signed with the Warriors and is headed to Oaktown this season. Many layers to this move…
And Steph’s little brother Seth has been signed by the Warriors for training camp. Some rumors he’s headed to Santa Cruz this season. Only one way to peel that onion…
Clean thread for you guys to put me on blast.
The great flurry of activity surrounding the draft and the opening of free agency has now died down, and I think the Warriors have emerged clear winners. They have not only addressed every single critical hole or misconstruction in their roster that I have been harping on since the advent of the Lacob era, but by doing so have also given strong indications that the guiding philosopy of the franchise has changed radically as well.