Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle. — Andre Gide
After reacting with the requisite knee-jerk snarkiness to the news of Mark Jackson’s hiring — I tweeted: “It should come as no surprise that Joe Lacob just hired an expert at walking the ball up the court to coach the fastest team in the league.” — I’ve taken the last few days to come to a considered opinion. I’ve read through the media statements, done some research, and remembered some past Mark Jackson statements from his coverage of Warriors games. I’ve looked at Lacob’s surprising choice for head coach of the Warriors from every angle.
You might be surprised by my take. Continue reading
Lacob’s axe has fallen on Keith Smart. No surprise there, of course. He never had a chance. Lacob didn’t want him, and made absolutely sure that he couldn’t succeed by gutting his bench.
It will be interesting to see whether Lacob begins his coaching search before the NBA lockout. Other teams, such as Houston, seem to be moving forward regardless.
It is difficult to overstate how important Lacob’s choice of coach will be for this Warriors team. The wrong coach, like the frequently mentioned (and completely execrable) Mike Brown, would be disastrous. The right coach, like Mike D’Antoni, could have added 10 wins to this season’s team, and would have next year’s team in contention, provided the Warriors pick up a difference-maker at center.
Monta Ellis: A+
A great scorer, yes, but this year he became so much more. A great distributor, a great clutch closer, a great teammate. A team leader. A superstar in the making.
A couple of years ago, I wrote that I believed that Monta had the makings of a supreme point guard, because his passes had laser-like accuracy: they always seemed to hit his man in the hands. This opinion was scoffed at. Well, in last night’s broadcast, we learned that Monta leads the entire NBA in shooting % by recipients of his passes. Hmmm. Continue reading
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The Sins of the Past.
Two power-forwards slugging it out with seven footers on defense. The high post and high pick and roll drawing them out of the lane on offense. A spread floor opening the lane for swooping drives. The fear of swooping drives bringing on a hard rain of deadly three-pointers. The fear of deadly three pointers creating space for the pick and roll. Unstoppable guards given free rein to create havoc. A long defensive three to switch onto the best scorer. The swarming help. The gang rebounding. The outlets. The devastating fast break.
The Sins of the Past. Continue reading
If you want to know why the Warriors are not in the playoffs this year, you need look no further than their GM, Joe Lacob.
If you want to know why the Warriors lost this game, you need look no further than their GM, Joe Lacob. Continue reading
This is a very good Dallas Mavericks team. They are definitely a better team than last year’s squad, that got blown out on their home floor by a 6-man Warriors squad of rookies and D-leaguers playing all-out Nellieball. They might even be a better team than the 67 game-winning, #1 seed in the NBA that Don Nelson blew out in the playoffs, playing all-out Nellieball. The reason is Tyson Chandler. He gets up and down, and does a lot to erase the defensive deficiencies of Nowitzki, and Terry, and Monsieur Beaubois, and Senor Barea, and the ancient Jason Kidd…
I wasn’t planning to recap this one, and I’m still not going to. Not enough in the tank. I just want to say a few words about this great game, that was made even more magical because I was seated at half-court for it, with my feet on the “parquet.” (Hey, Joe Lacob, how about bringing that over from the Celtics!) It was one of the best experiences as a fan I’ve ever had.
You’re exactly right, dear reader, there is simply no way that this Nets team, featuring the Lopezasaurus, Sasha Vujacic and Anthony Morrow should have been able to hold the Warriors to 90 points. Don Nelson would have put up 120 points against this slow as molasses and completely out-classed lineup with his eyes half shut. Continue reading
That lineup at the end of the second quarter — Lee 5, Vlad 4, Thornton 3, Ellis and Curry — was +4 in 4 minutes, and will be very special going forward, I can see that. Very glad that Vlad was used exclusively at 4 (+14 in 16 minutes). The Warriors were rewarded with some great Vladdy defense headlined by a couple of blocks. Continue reading