Tag:Golden State
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: 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 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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