This lockout is driving every basketball fan crazy, as in a normal year, we'd be just about 2 weeks away from tip-off 2011.
Still, there really isn't much new to report on since Brian posted a few weeks back about the current state of the lockout here. Still, the two most notable transactions the franchise has made since the end of season in April was the hiring of head coach Mark Jackson and the drafting of yet another wing-playing scorer with defensive question marks. I'm not at all already writing off Thompson, he'll probably be a fine player, just wish the W's could have used that pick wiser (via trade or some other player). So my favorite move so far is the hiring of the former Indiana Pacers point guard who has been a basketball analysis on cable and has stayed very much within the realm of the NBA since his playing days ended in the early 2000's. I think Jackson is a guy who could relate to the team very well, as he's been there and was a star NBA point guard himself not to long ago. After having the ancient Nelson and his protege Kieth Smart, I think the younger coach and new approach will be a sight for sore eyed Warrior fans. Still, Jackson has no coaching experience, and doesn't appear as if he's entertaining the idea of bringing on a big name assistant, Del Curry's name has been tossed out there as a possible assistant for Jackson, especially with his relationship with Warriors consultant Jerry West. I don't mind Jackson wanting all control of things, I actually see it as more confident than cocky. He has an idea of what this team should look like and he said all the right things during his press conference. Again though, only time will tell as to whether or not he'll pan out, but so far, so good as far as new coach Mark Jackson is concerned.
It's still any one's guess as to what, if anything, the "Dubs" will try to do on the player movement front once David Stern gets off his high horse and this pitiful lockout ends. I haven't gone through a full list of potential free agents nor do I know exactly who will be available in trade once "open season" takes place, but I do know the Warriors have about 7 guards, Andres Biedrins, Dorrell Wright and David Lee, so they needs some front court help in a bad way. And of course, every bodies favorite trade bargaining chip, if your a Warrior fan, seems to be Monta Ellis. What those people need to understand though, is without Monta last season, this team probably losses 10-12 more ballgames, and even with Klay Thompson here, if he's dealt and not adequately replaced offensively, this team will not gain anything!