Tag:Bay Area
Posted on: October 7, 2009 6:33 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2009 1:29 pm

09-10 Golden State Warriors preview

Nothing like a little Warrior drama to get the season started. Jackson wants out, Brandan re-injures his shoulder and Monta doesn’t think he can play with Curry.

First off. Nellie loves Jackson and Jackson respects Nellie. That being said I can’t see Jackson dogging it or Nellie holding a grudge. If this were another player and coach I would say there’s no way this can work. There’s no way this will not be a huge distraction. But I think both Nellie and Jax have enough respect for themselves and each other to get through this. Will Jackson still be a Warriors come season’s end? I think so. His personality and pay check make him hard to trade. Plus he means a lot more to the Warriors than he would on any other team

Monta was right. Nellie agreed. I don’t want to see Monta guarding Kobe, D-Wade, Brandon Roy, Joe Johnson, Jason Richardson, Andre Igudala, Ray Allen, Vince Cater, or Michael Redd. But I have no problem with him guarding Jason Terry, Cory Brewer, Kevin Martin, Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowery, Courtney Lee, Raja Bell, Delonte West, OJ Mayo, or AI. Nellie will make sure a Ellis/Curry backcourt has a chance to succeed.

B. Wright’s injury hurts. His injury means that Maggette will see more time at the 4, which was a problem last season. They need to rebound more at the 4. And as good as Maggette is rebounding… he doesn’t have the length or size to really make a difference on the defensive end.

The Warriors have log jam at number of positions. They have 12 guys who deserve to play and need to play.

Questions coming into the 09-10 season

Can Monta play the point?
Will Randolph play more than 30 minutes a game?
Will Jackson's request become a distraction?
Will they rebound better?
Will they defend better?
Can Ellis and Curry play alongside of each other?
Will they stay healthy? 
Will the pass better?

Point Guard


There’s definitely a log jam at the 1. Monta Ellis will start the season at PG. Followed by Curry, Watson and Law. Claxton will not see the court. The Warriors are going to need someone who able to run the offense and drive and dish.  Somebody on the roster should be able to get it done. Monta is more of a Gilbert Arenas type of PG. His vision is limited compared to elite PG in the game. Curry seems to have the best vision and true PG skills. Watson is a solid as you can get a the 1.  Law may be the 2<sup>nd</sup> best true PG as far as vision. But I’m not sure how much PT he’s going to get.


Defensively they have to concentrate on keeping their man from driving the lane. Who ever is playing must stay in front of there man. I can not stress that enough. When the opposing PG is able to drive the Warriors  bigs most help defend the rim (which they do pretty well). But that also means the bigs are out of position for rebounds and it also (because of poor man rotation) leaves there man wide open for a easy dunk. One thing I know with Monta, Steph and CJ is that they all have active and quick hands. That mean a lot of deflections and steals. I’m thinking between the 3 of the they should get somewhere are 4 steals a game

Shooting Guard


The 2 spot is the Warriors strong point. Jackson, Ellis, Azubuike, Morrow  = a solid core of 2 guards. Azubuike or Jackson will get the start at the 2. Who ever doesn’t start (Jackson or Azubuike) at the 2 will start at the 3. The bulk of the Warriors scoring will come from the SG. The biggest question here is….Can Ellis and Curry play in the same back court? I say yes when the match up is right. But starting Monta and Kelenna will be just fine. The SG must be playmaker as well. Each SG brings his own element. Jackson good all around game, Ellis a great driver and finishers, Morrow a great shooter, and Azubuike can do just about everything.


Again the SG has to keep his man out the paint. The SG must also get to the lose rebounds. 

Small Forward


Another strength is the SF. Jackson, Maggette, Azubuike and Morrow will see most of the time and I expect in certain situations Randolph may see a couple minutes here and there at the 3. Again the bulk of the Warriors scoring will come from the SF. Although Maggette will be coming of the bench his impact will be felt in a major way. The SF group must pass better and avoid costly turnovers. They have to recognize there own strengths and weaknesses. Maggette is one of the worst passers in the league, Jackson forces himself into bad positions, Morrow isn’t the best ball handler, neither is Azubuike.


The SF must help out of the boards. It is extremely import that the SF rebounds especially when the have a smaller lineup on the floor. Defensive rotations is also key. There’s a lot of good 3’s in the league who like to run off of screens.

Power Forward


We shouldn’t expect much offense from the power forward position. Randolph should get the majority of the minutes followed by Maggette, Moore, Turiaf and Azubuike. Brandan Wright’s injury really hurts. His injury means we are going to see more Maggette at the 4, which is exactly what I didn’t want to see. The Warriors need to be effiecent at the 4. Whoever plays must shoot a high percentage from the field…Which is going to be hard because both Randolph and Maggette love to shoot jumpers and neither of them are good jump shooters.


The 4 must rebound, rebound and rebound. The PF #1 task on defense should be to rebound. #2 the PF must defend the rim. I don’t see the PF having a problem rebounding or defending the rim with Randolph in the game…but with Maggette that’s a different story. By the end of the year Randolph will be recognize as one of the better shot blockers in the game. Thirdly the PF has to make sure he doesn’t give up deep post position. And the way you counter that is by hustle back on defense.



Warriors are also strong at the 5. Andris and Ronny have to be one of the better center tandems in the league. We all know that Andris is about solid as it gets. Great hands and he’s good finisher. I just hope he spins right every once and a while to keep his defender honest. The better he is in the post the better the Warriors will be. Ronny is a little different. While Andris picks and rolls. Ronny can pick and pop. He’s mid range jumper is pretty solid. So is Mikki Moore’s when he plays. One thing that I know about the Warriors half court offense is that the Center touches the ball on almost every single play. Andris and Ronny have to make good decisions with the ball and set good screens


The 5 must rebound, rebound and rebound. The Center’s #1 task on defense should be to rebound. #2 the Center most defend the rim. Sound familiar. I don’t see Andris having a problem doing either. (Hopefuly the PG and SG can keep there man out of the lane). Ronny on the other hand...has to rebound better. He’s not half the rebounder Andris is. Mainly because he’s trying to block every shot. If he continues to try for the block the 1,2,3,4 have to be there to pick up the slack.

Player breakdowns

Kelenna Azubuike (SG/SF/PF)
Strengths – 3pt shot, mid-range jumper, toughness, can drive and finish, strength, scoring, can play multiple position
Weakness – Ball handling, passing, on the ball defense, height compare to others at his position.
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Andris Biedrins (C)
Strengths – Quickness, great hands, good finisher, good defender, great rebounder
Weakness – Free throws, no right hand, limited post moves, foul trouble
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Speedy Claxton (PG)
Strengths – Speed, floor vision, leadership
Weakness – jump shot, strength
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Stephen Curry (PG)
Strengths – Quickness, jumper, floor vision, passing
Weakness – strength, defense, leadership
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Monta Ellis (PG/SG)
Strengths – Quickness, great finisher, jump shot, good rebounder, scoring
Weakness – defense, passing, floor vision
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Devean George (SF/PF)
Strengths – Experience, jump shot
Weakness – Quickness, rebounding
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Stephen Jackson (SG/SF)
Strengths – Experience, leadership, can make big shots, defense, floor vision, scoring, can play multiple positions
Weakness – turnovers, poor shot selection, technical fouls, trade demands
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)

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Acie Law (PG)
Strengths – Quickness, floor vision, Scoring
Weakness – Passing, shooting,
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Corey Maggette (SF/PF)
Strengths – Free throw attempts, Free throw shooting, scoring, good rebounder, good finisher
Weakness – Passing, shooting, poor shot selection
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Mikki Moore (PF/C)
Strengths – Leadership, experience, jumper, defense
Weakness – passing, rebounding, shot blocking
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Anthony Morrow (SG/SF)
Strengths – great jump shooter, good rebounder, hard worker
Weakness – passing, ball handling, quickness
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Shaun Pruitt (PF)

Anthony Randolph (PF)
Strengths – hustle, rebounding, shot blocking, ball handling, quickness, length
Weakness – Jump shot, inexperience, finishing in the paint, strength
Numbers (Points-Rebounds – Assist – Blocks – Steals - Field Goal % - 3pt Field Goal % - Minutes played )


Diamon Simpson (SF/PF)

Ronny Turiaf (PF/C)
Strengths – hustle, shot blocking, rebounding, jumper
Weakness – rebounding, no post moves
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


C.J. Watson (PG)
Strengths – jumper shot, scoring, defense
Weakness – floor vision, passing, take a lot of gambles on defense
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Brandan Wright (PF)
Strengths – post moves, shot blocking, speed, length
Weakness – Strength, rebounding, injuries, jump shot.
Numbers (Points-Rebounds-Assist-Blocks-Steal
s-Field Goal %-3pt Field Goal %-Minutes played)


Posted on: August 31, 2009 4:31 pm

This Is My Stop Bus Driver

This is where I draw the line. I’m a lifelong Warriors fan. I’m there #1 fan. When it comes to being a Warriors fan…the best anyone can do is tie me.

That being said I was stunned when I heard the news that Jackson wants to be traded. I have stuck with the team threw thick and thin (more thin than thick).  I’ve taken verbal beatings from other fans, I’ve stuck up for Nellie, Jackson, and the entire Warriors organization. But this is where I get off. Its not that Jackson wants to go but it just shows that the Warriors as an organization don’t have it together. Should that surprise me? No. They have taken far too many steps backwards since making the playoffs in 06-07. 

This is embarrassing. The Warriors had a lean year this past season due to injuries and I really thought they would be a respectable team this season. But  you can throw all that hope out the window with all of this stuff going on. Not only is the news about Jackson is bad for the teams immediate future but its sets a bad example for guys like Curry, Morrow and Randolph. I repeat…I’m not asking for the Moon here. I just want a competitive team that has a chance to win every night. I just want some respect around the league. I don’t want to be laughed at anymore. I don’t want to be dismissed. Or read another national columnist slipping the Warriors an underhanded compliment or outright dissing the Warriors.

Without that respect, the organization will not be able to sign a all-star free-agent or make a trade of any significance. I took the J-Rich for Brandan Wright trade on the chin.

I looked past the Baron Davis ordeal. I gave them the benefit of the doubt when Mullie’s contract expired but this is it. There’s absolutely no reason why the Bay Area shouldn’t have a top tier NBA team. All blame lies on the Ownership. All of it. As much as I want to turn my frustrations on Jack (or Monta). I see where Jax is coming from.

As much as I like my Warriors fan brethren….I wouldn’t want to play here either. As much I want him to know that the fans love him, I can’t knock him for wanting to play for a contender or at least an organization that wants to win.

It’s pretty evident that the Warriors ownership doesn’t want to win. If they did they wouldn’t have traded J-Rich, let Baron walk or sent Mullie packing. Over the past 3 season they have got rid of the 3 most important guys on the team and this offseason will not be any different. I wouldn’t be surprise if both Jack and Monta are gone before Oct 27<sup>th</sup>.

I can’t be the only fan that feels this way. Some if not most of you have already reached your tipping point but for me it took a little longer.

Don’t get me wrong Jackson isn’t MJ. Or even DJ (Dennis Johnson) But he’s a good player. He can be replaced but with who. Just think if you were a NBA free agent. Oakland is the last place you want to play.

The Warriors did everything for Jack. They allowed him to resurrect his public image. They made him a captain. They gave him the keys to the car. They paid him. More then anybody in the league was willing to pay him. They allowed him to do what ever he wanted on the court. We know Jackson is loyal…loyal almost to a fault (see Auburn Hills, MI). Yet he wants to leave. Something is wrong…terrible wrong.

Posted on: January 7, 2009 2:19 pm


What did I expect coming into this season? A playoff team, competitive basketball, fire, excitement, progress…I don’t know. But I know what I didn’t expect. GSW medical ward, rushing home on game nights (leave work at 5:00pm. Home by 5:30 at the earliest. Because of the wacky road heavy schedule, games start no later than 6:00pm pt), every offensive rebound by the opposing team turning into a made 3 pointer, every Stephen Jackson brick turning a easy bucket on the other end, Jamal Crawford

Everybody is calling for Nellie’s head. Why? All he does is coach. He doesn’t make shots or sign players. Nor did he instruct ownership to blow the team up. Everybody talks about how Nellie not a championship coach. Who cares? The Warriors are light years away from being a championship team. Championship coach on the Warriors would be like a Shark with a umbrella.  Fans should be calling for Chris Cohan and Robert Rowell heads. 

I was reminiscing the other day. I had to cheer myself up. I looked at the 06-07 Playoff roster.

06-07 Playoff Team
PG – Baron Davis,
SG –Jason Richardson, Monta Ellis
SF – Stephen Jackson, Mickael Pietrus
PF – Al Harrington, Matt Barnes
C – Andris Biedrins, Adonal Foyle

The Warriors were 66-36 with Baron and Jackson in the lineup together.  Why would anyone want to break up a team that won 64% of its regular season games…especially after 13 straight losing seasons? 

Stat of the week
Opponents are shooting nearly 40% from 3 against the Warriors. Making just over 7 3’s per game.

Jack is hurt. Although I hatet to see him hurt, I think the team will play better without him. They can't play any worse. 

Posted on: December 29, 2008 6:00 pm


What a win over the Celtics. That win gives us Warriors fans some hope. The Warriors desperately needed some of that home cooking.

I heard some good new today. B-Diddy aka Baron Pendergrass aka BD wants to come back home. I knew it. Why did he leave in the first place? I would take him back in a heartbeat. No hard feelings BD.  The Clippers can have Corey Maggette and Jamal Crawford for all I’m concerned. I don’t care who they have to trade, as long as they can go back to Baron, Monta, Jack, and Goose. The Warriors management has to put all of their egos aside and do what’s right for the team and their fans.  Like I said before, this season is lost. Management has make sure they don’t make any moves that going to hurt them for the next 10 years just because this season is lost. Trading for Baron would be a move in the right direction. It pretty obvious that Mr. Maggette doesn’t want to be a Warriors so send him back to LA.

I lost a lot respect for Corey Maggette over the past 2 weeks. He has missed the past 11 games because of a bad hamstring.  He didn’t travel with the team on there most recent east coast road trip. Corey instead elected to get treatment in LA. He didn’t even show up to there home game against the Celtics.  But of course he showed when the Warriors are in LA playing the Lakers.

Great to see Monta on the bench cheering for his teammates…That’s the least he could do after ruining their season.

Marco is turning into some player. Not only can he score but he’s playing pretty good defense. I can’t wait to see the team with all of its parts. 

They should really think about changing their name to the Road Warriors. This schedule sucks.

Posted on: December 23, 2008 2:45 pm

Gone til December

Jamal Crawford made an interesting comment the other night. A local newspaper columnist ask him about the trade, He responded, “Its funny because people around the league or guys I know who play for the opposing team are like ‘How’s Oakland? How’s the Bay’ and I respond. I don’t know. I’ve played 15 games been on the roster for about month and I’ve only been in the Bay Area for maybe 3 days total and that’s stretching it. I haven’t even found a place to stay.”  Long flights and long road trips. There’s no reason any team should play 21 road games before the first of the year. There’s no reason why any team should have 4 lengthy road trips

Check out these numbers thru December 23rd.
3 East coast road trips. 13 games total. (Toronto, New Jersey, Memphis, Philly, D.C., Boston, Cleveland, New York, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, Miami)
12 of the 19 roads games against eastern conference teams.
2 Divisional games. League average - 5
13 Games in conference. League average – 17
19 Road Games. League average 13
11 Home Games. League average 14

Posted on: December 17, 2008 1:05 pm

Cold Play

If you’re shooting below 40%, don’t shoot. How hard is that to understand? Jack your killing me. 31-109FG over the past 9 games. That’s 28% folks. Nellie you’re not helping. I know he’s the team captain, but enough is enough. What coach would even give a guy enough minutes to jack up so many bricks? His bad shooting is infectious. Even our best shooters are having problems hitting shoots. I love Jack but this is unbearable. I don’t expect Jack to be a 50% shooter. Christ, I don’t even expect him to be a 43% shooter. We all understand that Jack is a ‘on or off’ kind of guys but 28% is just eating away at my soul. Something has to give. I would rather see Marco take 20 off balanced, one-legged, behind the back board shots against Josh Smith.

Corey, suck it up. We can spot a phony for a mile away.  You go 1 for 10 now all of a sudden your hamstrings are sore. I don’t believe you.  Man up Corey this is not the time, nor the place.

Good news, Monta is eligible to return as soon as Friday 12/19.  He probably won’t be in the lineup until January, but at least he gives us something to look forward to.

Posted on: December 9, 2008 3:52 pm

Road whimps or Warriors

The bad: The NBA must have something against the Warriors. The Warriors have played 13 road games thus far, Including 2 east coast road trips. Only the Blazers have played more road games (15). By the years end the Warriors would have played close to 60% of there road games (24, most in the NBA) including their final east coast road trip.  Maybe they should be called the Golden State Road Warriors. Well maybe not, I’m sure Hawk and Animal wouldn’t appreciate that since the Warriors are only 3-10 on the road.   

The good: The Warriors will only have to set there watches to Eastern Standard Time once in 2009. With Monta coming back sometime in January, if there’s any chance at making a push, the Warriors have to get it done in February. Why February? Because the Warriors only leave California once the entire month.  With only 2 road games the entire month, the Warriors have a chance to finish the season on a good note.

Posted on: November 25, 2008 7:02 pm

Put 'Em On The Glass

This is an important week for the home team.  It’s time to make a statement.  What better way than to do it on the east coast. I’m so tired of these east coast writers commenting about the Warriors, when all they do is read box scores.  That’s like me blogging about the traffic on the George Washington Bridge.  Wizards, Celtics, Cavs, Knicks.  The way the Warriors are playing it will be tough for them to come home 1-3…But I think…I mean I’m praying that the Warriors go at least 2-2. 3-1 would be nice. 1 they have to beat either Boston or Cleveland.  They split the season series with both teams last year.  It time to build confidence going into 2009.

I can’t wait to see Jamal Crawford don the midnight blue, international orange and gold. He’s going to be a good fit. Why, you ask. Because he’s going to allow Monta to be Monta.  I was a little worried about Monta playing the point. 

Having to much talent isn’t always a good thing. Here’s the dilemma…You now have 11 guys (12 including Monta) who deserve playing time Marcus Williams and Rob Kurtz.  are the only players, that are never going to see the floor. C.J., Kelenna, Marco, and Anthony Morrow seem to be the odd men out. But I’m not sure if that’s a good idea. Kelenna might the Warriors 2nd or 3rd best rebounder and has the toughness and strength to play inside. Morrow can shoot and C.J. is the only PG on the team that knows what he’s doing.

The Warriors’ achilles heal… defensive rebounding. On a good shooting night, the Warriors can get out rebounded by 20 and still win by 10.  But when you have Jack taking most of your shoots, good shooting nights are going to be hard to come by.  Like Mike Marsh’s offense’s will always surrender a bunch of sacks; Nellie ball will always allow second chance opportunities. Its not that the Warriors play bad defense overall, they just can’t rebound. They are going to struggle with that all season, just like they have for the past 2 and half years.

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