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
I’m surprised that so many think Kevin Love and Kevin Martin for David Lee and Klay Thompson is a no-brainer for the Warriors. Continue reading
[I’m out on the golf course burnishing my resume.]
I’m not going to write up this move at this time, as I’m awaiting further developments on the coaching staff, and the roster. The construction of the staff around Kerr will obviously be hugely significant. Consider this story from the LA Times that states that Kerr has had several conversations with Alvin Gentry about becoming the Warriors “associate head coach in charge of the offense.” That has me scratching my head on several levels. I love Gentry as a coach, and kind of wonder why he wasn’t considered for the head coach job himself. Too much experience? Has his own opinions? Not enough “respectfulness” and “humility”? Doesn’t play golf? Continue reading
I would have loved to have watched this game at home, and to have it on tape. Instead, due to the dark alchemies of pipes, drywall, microbes and time, I was once again forced to watch from a sportsbar — the Fiddler’s Green in San Rafael, with their fine selection of Belgian beers and Irish whiskeys. Continue reading
Got the opportunity to join my buddy Micah Brown courtside for this Warriors — Clippers game 6. Micah goes back to the days of Bill Russell and the Cow Palace, is one of the Warriors’ longest season ticket holders and most loyal fans, and knows everything there is to know about the game of basketball. No one in the world I’d rather take in a game with.