Tag Archives: Steve Kerr

Writ in Water

Major Nelson: How’d you get in that crazy bottle, anyway?
Jeannie: Oh, a wicked and powerful djinn put me in there…

Well, this is it. Farewell to feltbot. I spoke about my reasons for ending the blog in a post before last year’s championship run, if you’re interested. In a nutshell, everything I’ve yearned for and advocated in Warriors’ basketball has come to pass, and I feel like I have nothing left to say. Well, almost nothing. I have enough left in the tank for one final rant, or appreciation, or whatever it is you want to call what I’ve done on this blog.

But first I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the loyal readers and posters I’ve had here, many of whom posted kind words when I first announced my departure. You made this blog a special place for me, something I truly never envisioned when I first began this quixotic endeavor, and you inspired me to keep posting my rants and appreciations, laments and war cries, for far longer than I ever would have believed possible. Thanks for coming along on the ride with me. And what a miraculous ride it was in the end, no?

I will be leaving the blog afloat for awhile, a digital monument to folly. As before, the comments section is scheduled to lock after 30 days, but this time it’s for good. Disappointing to my fellow blog participants, I know, and I regret that, but essential to me as I turn my full attention to my next project.

Ok, let’s do it. As you might have deduced from the first two posts of this three part series, I’m going to end this blog exactly as I began it, writing about someone who has never received the recognition he’s deserved, even though he’s now in the NBA Hall of Fame. A true and remarkable genius whose astonishing legacy to the Warriors, to the fans of the Bay Area, and to the game of basketball itself, has gone completely unacknowledged since the Warriors won the championship.

A man whose name was writ in water.            Continue reading

Thank You, David Lee

Lee disappeared quietly from the Warriors’ roster this summer. A back-page item, unworthy of a single quote. An after-thought to the Warriors’ championship.

He was never treated with much respect as a Warrior by media or bloggers. Was in fact the subject of frequent ridicule — just as frequently wrong, as I’ve noted too many times to count — for his defensive shortcomings, while all of his many abilities and accomplishments as a player and a teammate were dismissed and denigrated. At the end of last season, some of the kid bloggers out there even started a joke internet meme at his expense, calling him “your dad’s favorite player.”

Hmmm. As someone of a certain age who has a modest notoriety as a David Lee admirer, you might guess that I’d have something to say about this. And I damn well do.

Continue reading

World Champions: Warriors 105 Cavaliers 97 – 2015 NBA Finals Game 6

It will take some time to put all my thoughts on the Warriors’ World Championship together, but for now, here are my impressions of Game 6: Continue reading

Smallball versus Smallball: Warriors 104 Cavs 91 — 2015 NBA Finals Game 5 Recap

This game followed the Game 4 script enough that I’m not going to give a full recap. Here are my bullet points:            Continue reading

Break the Blitz: Warriors v Cavs NBA Finals Game 4 Preview

You saw it, right? The way that David Lee at center, playing all-out pick and roll with Stephen Curry for literally the first time all season, simply demolished the Curry blitz?    Continue reading

The Edge: Warriors v Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 3 Preview

I’ve seen a lot of pundits predict that this would be an easy series for the Warriors. And of course, after the Kyrie injury, all the pundits doubled down. And even after the evidence of last night, and two straight games on the Warriors’ home floor in which the Cavs appeared to control the action from the opening tip right up to the 2:00 mark in the 4th quarter, the pundits were all repeating that the Warriors had nothing to worry about, they just had a bad game.

Really?  Continue reading

Warriors By a Hair: Warriors 108 Cavs 100 — NBA Finals Game One

Steve Kerr said after the game that not only he, but the entire Warriors bench thought that Iman Shumpert’s shot at the end of regulation was going in. It was right on line, and maybe an inch short. One wonders whether Shumpert might have made that shot if he had trimmed maybe an inch off of his signature high-top fade before the game. And that, sports fans, is the most ridiculous lede that will be written about tonight’s game.  Continue reading

The Real Spurs: Spurs 107 Warriors 92

I wrote after the Warriors victory over the Spurs in Oracle that the team they beat wasn’t the real Spurs. And of course, I heard it from some of the diehard Warriors fans afterwards. Maybe now they know what I meant. A rested and healthy Spurs team, at home, is far different from the ghost that wafted through Oracle at the end of a February road trip.   Continue reading

Feltbot’s Farewell: Warriors 107 Grizzlies 84

Just like that, all of the suspense went out of a potential playoff matchup between the Warriors and Grizzlies. The Grizz have no chance against this Warriors squad. None, nada. As I tweeted in the fourth quarter, the only thing Grizzlies fans have left to look forward to this season is the final fall of the guillotine in the playoffs.

The media storyline will be that the Warriors have a strong enough and deep enough front line to neutralize the Grizzlies’ greatest strength. And the Warriors have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and the Grizzlies don’t. That’s all very true, and a good summary of the situation.

But let’s take a deeper look. There are a number of very interesting reasons why the Grizzlies can’t possibly match up against the Warriors, that I doubt will ever get mentioned by the major media:   Continue reading

King Konged: Cavaliers 110 Warriors 99

The media storyline of this Cavaliers win over the Warriors: Curry and Klay bad shooting nights, LeBron unstoppable.

My storyline: Steve Kerr made it so.       Continue reading