Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: October 27, 2009 3:14 pm
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Dear National NBA writers,

 

You guys are too funny. I keep seeing the same thing over and over. Please say something different, say something that hasn’t been said. I’m sick of reading season preview saying….Don Nelson’s system = all offense, no defense.  Don Nelson doesn’t teach defense, Jackson is a distraction or Don Nelson is a bad coach.

 

I get it. You’ve said the same thing for 3 years. True or not I get it.

 

Tell me something like Don Nelson spent the majority of camp on defense.

 

Contrary to popular belief, the Warriors weren’t the worse defensive team in the last season and the never have been under Nellie. Giving up the most points doesn’t make you the worst defense in the league, just as scoring the most points doesn’t make you the best offense. I’m not saying the Warriors are a good defensive team, they are much closer to the bottom then they are to even the middle of road defensive team but they are not the worst.  

 

Here’s an interesting tid bit. Nellie has had 1 losing season in the past 8 years. That losing season came last year when 8 of the teams 12 best players missed over 200 games.

 

Tell me how Nellie helped change Randolph’s work ethic. How he recognized the talents of C.J. Watson, Kelenna Azubuike, and Anthony Morrow.

 

Write about Nellie and Jackson’s relationship. Write about how much Nellie loves Jackson (Nellie’s words, not mine). This is not Marbury vs. D’Antoni or Jamaal Tinsley vs. the Pacers. Nellie wants Jackson to stay. The Warriors want Jackson to stay. But Nellie and GM Riley like Jack so much they are willing to accommodate him. Jackson may be upset with the direction of the team but the team isn’t upset with Jackson.

 

It would be on thing if we were talking about Ricky Davis, AI or even Rashad McCants but we are talking about Jackson. Jackson doesn’t know how to dog it. He’s far too competitive not to give 100%. He thinks too highly of himself not to give it his all. Plus he knows the better he play the faster he will be traded.

 

This is dedicated to you, national NBA writer and columnist, guys who live on the East Coast and are asleep by the time the Warriors play. Stop the plagiarism. Do some research? Make your article or column your’s. Have an opinion. Inject insight.

 

You’re truly,

 

Pizzle Man D
Posted on: January 7, 2009 2:19 pm
 

T.R.O.Y.

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
 

Homecoming

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: December 3, 2008 4:27 pm
 

Very Superstitious

It’s getting ugly. I think this blogging gig is bad luck. Maybe its the Sleepy Floyd Photo.

The Warriors have lost in every way imaginable. Come back from down 22 to lose by 8. Check. Lose to the worst team in the league. Check. Squander a 13 point second half lead to the defending champions. Check. Hang with the hottest team in the league for 2 quarters only to get blown out in the end. Check. Give up 73 points and 33 rebounds to Al Harrington and David Lee. Check. Blow a 3 point lead with 8 seconds left at home. Check. 

Monday night’s game was one of worst losses in recent history. 

The Warriors have lost 2 games this season (almost 3, see Blazers game) because of there inbounding problems.  How many times is this going to happened before something changes? How hard is it to inbound the ball?  It’s like a NFL quarterback fumbling the snap or the catcher throwing the ball in centerfield after a called strike.

Defensive rebounding is also a major issue. I would say 2nd chance points hurt the Warriors but I’m not sure if there’s a separate category for 3rd or 4th chance points because the Warriors allow plenty of those too. The Warriors gave up 28 second chance points to the Heat. Second chance points are so depressing.  Third and fourth chance points are even worse.

It’s not going to get better unless Nellie sucks it up and plays Turiaf and Beidrins together.  As of right now, the Warriors would have to play a perfect game just to overcome their rebounding deficiencies. Nellie has to help his team help itself. As a matter of fact Ronny just needs to play more.  The scrappiest guy on your team should average more than 15 minutes a game. Especially when you team is getting killed on the glass every night.  Secondly Jax has to hit the glass. I love Jax. I love his emotion and confidence on the court. But I hate his laziness when it comes to rebounds and lose balls.

Earth to Corey, you’re not a 3 point shooter. How many times do I have to say it?  Stephen Jackson is the only person who can attempt a 3 pointer regardless of the situation and get away with it. Don’t ask me why he gets a pass….he just gets one. You however should never attempt another 3 point shot. No more 3 pointers. Every time you air ball or brick a 3 pointer it always leads to an easy bucket for the opposing team.

I have come to the realization that Corey doesn’t compliment Stephen, likewise Stephen doesn’t compliment Corey. It’s like they’re trying to see who can take the worst shot. When the Warriors stop scoring…it’s always because Jackson or Maggette is trying to force the issue and go one on one. The Warriors are at there best when the ball moves around.  I see it,  so I know they see it.

On a positive note, Jamal looked good in his home opener. Can’t wait to see Monta and Jamal in the backcourt together.  One thing that I’ve notice about Jamal is that he’s he has a hard time finishing around the rim.

There’s only 3 types of finishers in the league. Players who look to score in traffic (Monta Ellis). Players who look to draw the foul in traffic (Andre Miller, Corey Maggette) and LeBron James, D-Wade and Kobe.  Jamal Crawford isn’t Lebron, D-Wade or Kobe nor does he have the skills to finish consistently like a Monta Ellis and he’s not built to draw the foul in traffic. He’s going to have big problems around the rim. He has to decide what he’s going to be. As good as he is. He could be even better. Honestly he missed 3 or 4 shots in traffic. Granted these weren’t easy shots but they were makeable. A player of his caliber shouldn’t have a problem making them.  I would tell him to just try draw the foul. There's not a lot player who can mimic Monta. He talent develop because the refs refused to call a foul for me. I think it would be different with Jamal.

This sounds weird but if I had to pick a MVP thus far. It would have to go to C.J. Watson.  I remember telling everybody who would listen over the summer that C.J. Watson could handle the PG position. He’s not Baron or Monta…but he’s a solid player. Not the best finisher but he can shoot from anywhere. He’s diffenately their most consistant player and best shooter. He deserves more PT. 

I’m starting to see a significant drop off in Goose’s (aka Andris Beidrins) game. It’s pretty clear that he can’t create his own shot. And that’s OK. The great thing about Goose is that he knows his limitations. But I’m tired of seeing him try the same move over and over again. Dre at least pretend that you can go right. The Warriors need him to step up. All that basketball over the summer is finally catching up to him.

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Posted on: November 21, 2008 7:05 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2008 12:09 pm
 

Lucky number 7

Al you got your wish. Thanks for everything…I’m not a bitter fan, that blasts players once they get traded. That’s not me. I’m not going to talk about the ripples in your heads or the fact that you can’t rebound.  I’m not going to talk about how you think you’re a 3. I’m not going to talk about your terrible post defense. I will not….and I repeat, will not talk about the hundreds of “and 1’s’ you’ve given up.  I’m not going talk about how you’re an undersize 4 with no length or leaping ability. I’m not going to talk about how you faked an injury to force the Warriors to trade you. I’m not going to talk about how slow you are. I’m not going to rant about how Donnie Walsh was the only GM in the league who wanted you (Walsh drafted, traded and resigned Harrington when he was in Indiana). I’m not going to talk about how you can’t finish around the rim.  I just won’t do it. That’s not my style.

Instead, I want to focus on the positives. I want to talk about the times you help shut down Yao Ming and all of those 3 pointers you drained during the 06-07 season.  The scarifies you made to help the team.  Rebounding and playing defense wasn’t your thing…I get it.

Even though he’s 6’9”, Al played like he was 6’5”. Honestly, Al Harrington was a defensive liability. He couldn’t block shots or rebound.  I can hear it now…using my best Tim Roy (Warriors Radio Announcer)  voice, “Baron tries to steal the ball from Randy Foye…Misses…Foye drives to the hole where he’s meet by Andris…Foye passes to Jefferson… Jefferson passes to Craig Smith…Smith puts up the shot…And 1…Foul on Harrington”.

But seriously Al, the Warriors couldn’t have done it without you. Good luck in New York. No hard feelings

Looking back on it…the Warriors traded Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy Jr. for Stephen Jackson and Jamal Crawford. Advantage Warriors.

Sure the Warriors lack size. But they lacked size with Harrington in the lineup.  At least now Wright, Turiaf, and Randolph will play more.

That’s 7. As in 7 players who can score 20 points; Monta Ellis, Jamal Crawford, Stephen Jackson, Cory Maggette, Anthony Morrow (Jury still out), Andris Beidrins,  Kelenna Azubuike. Talk about fire power.

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