Saturday, August 29, 2009

Stephen Jackson Wants Trade

Stephen Jackson wants to be traded from the Warriors before this season. Jackson has already hired an agent to negotiate a trade to move the Warriors forward.

The shocking news hit the press at a Protege block party in New York and developed in an interview with Dime magazine as Jackson was quoted "...things are up in the air right now. I just want to go somewhere I can win a championship."

Jackson suggested "Either Cleveland, anywhere in Texas, or out here with Al (Harrington) in New York."

The last part of that quote is not a typo, Jackson said he wants to win a championship...with "Al"...in New York. The only way Jackson is going to win a championship in New York is if he buys Yankees season tickets. I'll stop there because this isn't about the Knicks, Al Harrington, or Stephen Jackson.

This is another front office failure by a team no one takes seriously. There has to be something brewing behind closed doors and I am inclined to suspect Don Nelson's liver spotted hands are involved. First of all, why the hell did the Warriors renegotiate Jackson's contract next year? That was the mastermind of team president Robert Rowell, the putz who started calling shots and ran Chris Mullen out of town. Jackson had some good years as a Warrior, but his departure will only improve the Warriors shooting percentage as a team, but will lower the already low chances of making the playoffs this season. Jack should have been moved last year and this could have been a thing of the past. Now, the young Warriors team will be distracted with drama a month before the new season begins.

Stephen Jackson played Robert Rowell for a fool. The way Stephen Jackson views his soon-to-be former team is the way everyone in the NBA sees the Warriors: Gullible, disorganized, unprofessional, non-contenders, incompetent, inexperienced, laughing stock, player unfriendly, losers.

The Stephen Jackson ordeal emphasizes the ineptitude of the Golden State front office in judging the character of players. This team has a loser owner in Cohen that would sell his family as a package deal at a garage sale, an unqualified vigilante team president in Robert Rowell, and an aged coach in Don Nelson who could split the scene for Hawaii at any given time. The Warriors are the youngest team in the NBA and confidence cannot be high with all the uncertainty from top to bottom.

Forget the playoffs Warriors fans, this is not 2006. No Baron, no J-Rich, no Jack, no Harrington. Monta Ellis is not far behind Jackson in terms of looking for the exit sign above the door. This team is a season away from being the laughing stock they were in the late 90's. In this poor economy, the Warriors are just another bad business.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ex-Warrior is New Assistant Coach

The Warriors are not finished making moves for the summer. Unfortunately it did not materialize in the form of a capable power forward, rather an assistant coach. Larry Riley chose to sign former Warrior Calbert Cheaney to "help with the development of the players."

This is a good move. The Warriors are the youngest team in the NBA and Don Nelson is an older coach. Cheaney is 39, and will likely play good cop opposite Don Nelson as the bad cop. Cheaney will be a veteran presence this young team needs. A mentor for young impressionable NBA players, Chaeaney will be there on a personal level. Think Crash Davis from Bull Durham.

The acquisition of Cheaney could also signal Don Nelson moving to Hawaii for good. March comes around, Nelson has the All-Time wins record and the draft is the light at the end of the tunnel). Cheaney will move up the ranks if the opportunity presents itself.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Warriors Summer Notes

Well, we're right in the middle of the NBA off-season, and there really hasn't been much new going on in Warriorland! So I figured now would be a good time just to do a "semi-state of the Warriors adress".

Late last month, the Warriors sent Marco Bellinelli to the Raptors for Devean George, in nothing more than a move of roster and salary space, and it appears the Warriors are done making moves this summer. I would like to think they're still may be some doors open to them, as they still are a team with some flaws, but the closer we get to October, the less likely the chance of seeing a major more or an addition of another need follows. Earlier in the summer, everyone wanted to talk about Amare Stoudemire and the proposed "Warriors-Suns" swap. However, nothing ever materialized, and the Warriors will most likely head into the 2009-10 season exactly as they stand now, and they're going to have to rely on maturity from their yougsters to carry them to the playoffs this year.

Speaking of which, they did have a few guys step up and have some nice showings in the summer league, which is a very good sign. Anthony Randolph, who finished off last season extremly strong, went to Vegas this summer and polished his game even more. He looks a bit bigger in the upper body, which should help him out down low battling for rebounds, and his ball-handling and offense keeps getting better as he gains more confidence. Stephen Curry, the other young Warriors' star to suit up in the Summer League, had himself a nice run as well. He wasn't quite as dominant as Randolph was, and did show some areas that need to be improved upon, but for the most part, he looked a lot like he did at Davidson, handling the ball with ease and making the three-point line look like the free-throw stripe. The W's have an extremly young squad that should take them pretty far, eventually, but it may take them a year or two to all get on the same page. When they do, look out!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Warriors Deal Belinelli for George

Marco Belinelli is on the Raptors and the Warriors welcome Deavan George and a duffel bag of cash from Toronto. The Raptors got a superb deal here, similar to buying a distressed property off some poor schmuck that bit off more than he could chew. That poor schmuck would be your Golden State Warriors.

The motivation for this trade was to get an expiring contract and to clear more cap room after this upcoming season. It's just that the Warriors have a long list of players that have successful careers after leaving the Bay Area, and I'm afraid Belinelli will be another name on this list. The departure of Belinelli also places more pressure on Anthony Morrow, who will see more minutes and could very well be the starting off guard until rookie Stephen Curry shows he is capable of handling NBA speed, let alone Don Nelson speed.

The Belinelli trade emphasizes how professional sports today are all about business. Winning championships comes second to making profit (for the owners who call the shots). Deavan George will see some minutes, depending on the health of Corey Maggette, but he does not make the W's a better team nor does he loosen the wing log jam. I often hear sports fans of previous generations say things like (in best geezer voice), "there's no loyalty to team anymore," or "These guys only care about the money, not the game."

These are the same people that still don't use e-mail. (There are plenty of technology proficient boomers out there, so bite me if you think this is age discrimination) But seriously, if the aforementioned attitudes are yours, just follow college sports! (Except USC which is semi-pro) The NBA, like all professional sports, is a business and owners are forced to make difficult decisions. So remember that it's just business when in two years Belinelli goes for 25 against his former Warriors team that has failed to reach the Playoffs since 2006-07.