Let me count the ways. — E. B. Browning
Don Nelson, Larry Riley and the Golden State Warriors have just pulled off a trade for an all-star power forward, a trade that will define the next era of Warriors’ basketball. And in the fashion typical of our wonderful Bay Area media, it was greeted by yawns and derision. Some of these esteemed commentators, and their bellowing herds of followers, even arrived at the conclusion that the Warriors LOST this trade. In their minds, because it was executed by the “old regime,” without the approval of the new owners, then it can’t be good. And because Anthony Randolph is merely 21, while David Lee is all of 27, then Randolph automatically has a bigger upside than the all-star Lee.
Doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to post on the Lee trade until after the tournament; apologies to those who have been checking back for it. I just have too much to do on my days off here: friends to catch up with, summer league games to catch. And of course, the matter of returning my focus to where it’s needed most. Several posts on the Warriors moves are coming soon, though, I promise. I have too much to say to dog it. Continue reading
The move for an impact big man for which Nellie has been angling for two years appears to be close to fruition. Marcus Thompson reports that the Knicks and Warriors are close to a deal that would send Anthony Randolph and a couple of lesser Warriors for David Lee in a sign and trade.
My initial reaction is Whoopee! I could barely believe that we might land Lee for Monta Ellis, but if we can land him while retaining Monta I believe that we are an instant playoff team, and are in for an incredibly exciting season.
I will expand on this if the trade actually goes down, but here’s a thumbnail of my feelings about Lee: An exceptional pick and roll partner for Stephen Curry, a relentless rebounder, and a very underrated defender, who I believe simply needs to be paired with a shot blocker — as opposed to being left on an island in the middle (as he was by the Knicks) — in order to become recognized as a good defender. And finally, finally, a power forward who will gladly accept the assignment to bang with the Gasols and Duncans of the league. Finally.
If the trade goes down as reported, the Warriors will still have shotblockers to pair with Lee. Biedrins and Udoh at the least. Assuming of course, that Udoh is healthy by the start of the season. (Will these ridiculous injuries ever stop?)
I believe that Stephen Curry is the only correct choice for NBA rookie of the year. My arguments are posted in this piece on Golden State of Mind. Comment here or there as you like, I will be checking both.
Anthony Morrow: Before you get too excited about Morrow’s lights-out shooting in the Hornets game, take a look at what Stojakovich, Mo Pete and Marcus Thornton did against him. The Warriors were fortunate that the Hornets gave Posey as many minutes as they did, so that he had a stiff to guard for 20 minutes.
How do you know that you are not an NBA defender? When you get assigned the stiff, and the random D-league call-up gets assigned the tough cover.
Stephen Jackson is returning to the Oracle with the Charlotte Bobcats. No doubt the Warriors faithful will be letting him have it. But I would not boo him myself if I were at this game. I have a very strong admiration for Jackson as a basketball player, that was not diminished by the actions he took to separate himself from the Warriors. Continue reading
Mysteriously, for most of this game Sacramento played very little of the double and triple teaming zones that the rest of the league has been been employing against Monta Ellis. And for most of this game, Monta made them pay the price with ruthless efficiency. Driving the ball again and again, Monta scored on 15 of 29 attempts and got himself to the line for 8-8 free throws, on his way to 39 points.
The Warriors’ sixth man could be getting set for a big year. After a year in Nellie’s system, and hopefully injury free, I expect Maggette to start this year as fast as he started last year slow. Continue reading
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To say the success of this season begins and ends with the play of Monta Ellis would not be an exaggeration. The Monta Ellis we saw pre-moped had the makings of a very special player in the league. The blazing quickness, and ability to penetrate and finish after absorbing contact reminded many of Allen Iverson. Coupling his quickness with an uncanny ability to rise up on a dime and bury the mid-range jumper, he was an unstoppable offensive force, capable of putting up 30 pts. with ease. He was mesmerizing to watch, but what was really startling was the efficiency with which he operated. His shooting percentages were among the best ever seen in this league for a guard. Did he really shoot over 60% for a month? Everyone around the league was watching Ellis with their mouths open, including Kobe Bryant, who stated he was his favorite NBA player. It was only a matter of time until Ellis became an all-star. A very short time.
And then, tragedy. Continue reading
As training camp gets set to begin, it is apparent that no more trades will occur before the season starts, and the team we have now is the one we will go to war with. Stephen Jackson confirmed as much in his presser yesterday. A lot of interesting moves occurred this offseason, but in sum they did not amount to the makeover that many, including myself, were looking for. Continue reading