OK, I watched most of the last two summer league games. And that will suffice for me. I have a limited appetite for wretched basketball, which is why I don’t watch college freshmen contend for NCAA titles. And my curiosity concerning the Warriors draftees has been sated.
Here are my notes on the players likely to make the Warriors roster: Continue reading
Back in the Bay, and caught the Portland game last night, the first game I’ve watched in a couple of weeks. It was, for me, like sitting through a couple of hours of fingernails being scraped down a chalkboard. And I wasn’t even tuned to Bob Fitzgerald.
Since April Giants baseball was (correctly) pre-empting April Warriors basketball, I watched the national broadcast. There, I got to listen to Chris Mullin tell us what a good coach Mark Jackson is going to be. And got to listen in on the huddle to hear Mark Jackson tell the boys to please play defense.
The Joy of Tanking.
I’ll try not to discuss what actually happened in the game — we all know that’s not the point of April Warriors basketball — but here’s a couple of talking points:
Brandon Rush: We’ve been hearing a lot lately — from people on his payroll, like Larry Riley, Rick Barry and Andrew Bogut — that Joe Lacob has been spending money, and is willing to spend money, to win.
I say: Really? Continue reading
Golden State grabs 2-guard Klay Thompson (son of Mychal), a pick that has “We’re trading Monta Ellis” written all over it. — Bill Simmons, 2011 Draft Diary, 6-23-2011.
Let’s be real: Klay Thompson has no chance of becoming rookie of the year. Zero. None. Unless of course, Joe Lacob trades Monta Ellis. Does Lacob know something we don’t? — Feltbot, The Klay Thompson Problem, 12-21-2011.
One thing this trade is not is shocking. It’s something we all knew was coming from day one, when Joe Lacob told us that running teams can’t win in the playoffs, that the “architecture” of the team needed fixing, and that the culture needed changing. And that Stephen Curry and David Lee were the core of the Warriors, and Monta Ellis something else. Continue reading
The scrap-end of this Warriors team has apparently not gotten the memo. Don’t they know how badly Joe Lacob wants his lottery pick back? Continue reading
Great, gutsy short handed win in Phoenix tonight. One thing that’s never mentioned is that it is really difficult to win on the road on the last game before the all-star break. This Warriors team, no matter how they are struggling, always plays hard. Always has played hard, even when they were down to 6 man rosters in Nellie’s last couple of years. That’s a credit to Monta Ellis, first of all, and Curry and Lee now as well.
Quite a few recent themes of mine surfaced in the play of this game. Let’s run through them, starting with Monta’s game-winner: Continue reading
Feeling lazy and uninspired, so I’ll limit myself to two quick points about the game. Continue reading
I’m under the weather, so I’ll limit my recap of last night’s debacle to a few observations: Continue reading
Anyone else sense a little momentum building for this too small, too soft to win Warriors team? A few quick thoughts on the Phoenix game: Continue reading
This is a pretty good Houston Rockets team the Warriors beat tonight. 16-12 overall, something like 13-4 in their last 17 games coming into Oracle.
If this keeps up, Adam Lauridsen is going to start pulling his hair out. Watching games like the last two, I would hate to have to keep thinking up reasons why Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee are not good enough to be the core of a perennial playoff contender. That’s gotta be hard. Continue reading