For the second straight season, Nellieball will rule the NBA finals. This season, it ruled even in the conference championships. Those series were played almost entirely without centers. Joel Anthony, Greg Stiemsma, Tiago Splitter, Dejuan Blair — and even Kendrick Perkins at times — were all sent to the bench, revealed as regular season cannon fodder. The power forwards — Serge Ibaka, Chris Bosh, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett — were shifted to the middle, and the small forwards — Durant, James and Battier, Pierce, Leonard and Jackson — became Nellieball power forwards.
The Nellieball four is now supreme in the NBA. Is it a coincidence that the last two NBA finals have featured the three greatest Nellieball fours to ever play the game? Dirk Nowitzki, Lebron James, Kevin Durant.
At a time when Joe Lacob is trying to turn back the clock, and turn the Warriors into a 1980’s style halfcourt team, the NBA is moving in a completely different direction. At a time when Joe Lacob is insisting on “changing the culture” of the Warriors back to the Ewing Knicks and Smits Pacers of coach Mark Jackson, the culture of the NBA is moving in the opposite direction, towards the vision of a crazy man with a penchant for Dewars and fish ties.
The undercards are finished. Only the heavyweights remain. Let’s get ready to rumble….
Jump for Feltbot’s platinum-plated picks for the 2012 NBA Playoffs Conference Championship Series! Continue reading
What’s the deal with the second round starting in the East before the first is finished in the West? Doesn’t seem right, particularly since it forced me to my keyboard on a sunny Saturday morning.
Confession: I didn’t watch a single Eastern conference first round playoff game, even though I had money wagered (Celtics ftw). Actually, I guess I did watch parts of a couple Celtics’ 4th quarters against the Hawks. And I did manage to come up with another firm betting rule for myself in the process: Rule 916: Never Bet on a Team that has Josh Smith. Continue reading
Don’t you know
You better run, run, run, run, run,
run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh I said, you better
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run,
run, run, run, run, run. — Tracy Chapman
This comes straight from the playbook of Don Nelson, who back in the day when we believed, stole a game from the formidable Chris Paul – David West – Tyson Chandler Hornets, in New Orleans, like this:
What is it with Joe Lacob’s reluctance to spend money on this Warriors team? Last year he refused to shore up the worst bench in the NBA for a team that was arguably in contention at the trade deadline. This year in free agency he refused to “overspend” for a quality defensive center, virtually ensuring that the Warriors came away with nothing. 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
My NBA Western Conference rankings will be far more idiosyncratic than most. First of all, because they are made with absolutely no reference to the schedule, which by all accounts is extremely unfair. Unlike normal years, not everyone plays the same teams the same number of times, at home and away. I’m plenty nerdy, but not nerdy enough to weight all that. (Particularly since I can’t find a bookie willing to give season win totals this year. Bah humbug!)
Second, because my rankings have almost nothing to do with who I think will win the Western Conference. 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
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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
On a rush: On a run; to be dealt a series of strong hands. — The Poker Dictionary
The Golden State Warriors have apparently traded Lou Amundson to the Indiana Pacers for Brandon Rush. I think this was a brilliant move, one that radically transforms the Warriors roster.
Think that’s an overstatement? Read on. Continue reading