Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
The real news is Carmelo going to the Knicks. His wife Lala is actually calling the shots and they are going back to NY. Since this is a Warriors blog, I'm going to talk about how this effects Golden State and the Western conference. The Nuggets will not make the playoffs this season. They get Danilo Galinari, Raymond Felton, and Wilson Chandler who were obviously not good enough for the Knicks, but they have some good pieces. Aaron Afflalo is a very nice shooting guard, but now J.R. Smith will have to start and the bench will be compromised.
Nuggets fans are surely disapointed in the fact they lost a superstar, but it's not all bad for you Denver. Carmelo is obviously a cancer wherever he goes and he will not win a championship in New York. The Knicks already couldn't stop anyone, and now they are extra non-committed to defense. The Knicks, even over the next three or four years, have the same chances of winning a title as the "WE BELIEVE" Warriors of 2006-07'. The Nuggets will have the chance to build a cohesive team with role players, like Afflalo, Galinari, Chandler, Smith, Felton, and hopefully they will be able to retain Nene. But this year, sorry Nuggets, it's not happening.
That leaves the door open for the Warriors if they can get it together. I still hope they don't trade Curry or Elllis, and let it play out. But if the Warriors survive this upcoming raod trip, they have a puncher's chacne at making the playoffs. The Grizzlies, who have been one of the hottest teams in the leage since Christmas and are gunning for one of the bottom playoff spots, will be hindered by the loss of Rudy Gay. The superstar small forward will be sidelined for about four weeks with a separated shoulder. That will help teams like the Suns, Warriors, and Rockets, as the Jazz are also on the decline. I suspect Deron Williams will be the next Carmelo. D-Will is a free agent in 2012 and there is no way he stays in Utah (Maybe they'll draft Jimmer Fredette?).
The balance of power has shifted after this trade and Warriors fans shoul welcome it. It's about time. Dnever and Utah should get a taste of what Warriors fans have experienced for 16 years, but both of those franchises won't staty down long, at least Denver. This is a sign, a step toward the Warriors becoming a consistent playoff participant.
Please, be patient Larry Riley. Don't break up our back court just yet. You did well to land Dorell Wright and David Lee will prove to be a good pick up in time. Keep acquiring quality players the old fashioned way and build a deep roster with a quality second team like the Spurs and Mavs. It takes good draft picks, free agent role players, and a time.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I expected more out of the dunk contest, although I knew I shouldn't have. I thought Blake Griffin would be a savior to this event which has declined over the years. The last legit dunk contest winner was Jason Richardson in 2003. Nate Robinson was a Napoleon phenomenon repeat to Spud Webb and Dee Brown and Dwight Howard started a stupid trend of gimmick
riddled acts, lacking the substance of Jordan, Dominique, Vince Carter, and Jason Richardson.
The dunk contest has been reduced to a live commercial for Kia. I felt embarrassed for Blake Griffin, as that car took center stage over the dunk itself (which wasn't spectacular). I don't blame Griffin for his part and I hope he was properly compensated by Kia. That event was the most shameless corporate plug I've ever witnessed and I felt ashamed for being an NBA fan when I witnessed the way that rigged event played out.
Good or the sport coats who made out big on this, but that dunk contest was the biggest waste of time.
I like the idea of a game of 21 for an NBA All-Star event, with the fans voting for the three players they want to see. A one-on-one game would really be the most attractive event, but there are egos and a grocery list of other excuses that would prevent that from taking place. a game of 21, with three players would showcase individual skills and make it less adversarial. It would have a nice playground feel and be highly entertaining. Imagine: Kobe, LeBron, and Wade. I think Monta would do well, even against those guys.
Friday, February 18, 2011
The biggest rumor talk for the first half of the Warriors season has been looming trade rumors: "The Warriors can't have Steph Curry and Monta Ellis play in the same back court, they must trade one of them." Why and for who? The Warriors are not going to win a championship this year and are likely to miss the playoffs. Warriors fans don't want to hear it, but they are still a year or two away from playoff caliber. And that's okay, just as long as they continue to add pieces and move in a positive direction. It takes time. Why not let this team build chemistry and see what you have with the players on the roster? Why not add talent through the draft and free agency, without splitting the nucleus in place?
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Phoenix whipped the Warriors with their depth. The Warriors starters logged heavy minutes in a nice win over the Nuggets just the night before and probably didn't get to bed until 3:00 A.M. Still, the Suns would have won, but the game wouldn't have been over before halftime...(wishful thinking?)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Biedrins belongs in the "No More Mr. Mice Guys" era, cause he's as soft and easy going on the court as they come. I really think the lack of his development took this team from a perennial playoff contender, to a a mediocre at best, 30-40 win team. And sorry folks, if you want to blame it solely on Baron Davis' departure down the coast to LA, that's onlyu a small part of it. Baron certainly was the main reason why basketball came to life in the Bay Area in 2007, but he had the supporting cast to do so, none more important than the 21 year-old Biedrins. In fact, all due respect to JRich, SJax and Harrington, you take Biedrins away, they aren't the powerhouse they were. Now Andris just seems lost. I don't think it's any coincidence that his game really took the big hit when his good buddy's, starting with B-Diddy, left town. BD was instrumental in Biedrins' growth and Baron made it no secret that he was trying to push Andris to becoming the player he ought to be.
Now, it sounds as if I'm almost making excuses for Andris that he's lost the talent around him, but that's not the case whatsoever. Sure, every center would like to have a '07 version of BD delivering them the ball and driving and dishing, turing a 6-8 ppg player into a 12-15 ppg player as he did so well in his prime. However, Biedrins is being paid over $10 clams a year to learn how to play without star guards surrounding him. He's being paid $10 Mill to be that double-double force he was in 2006-2009. I'm having trouble believing the fact that he's just getting worse as he's entering his prime years. Baron was great during his season in Oakland and yes it did make things for Biedrins easier offensively, but Steph Curry is quickly gaining that same type of notoriety and rep, yet Andris still cannot seem to string together a good stretch of basketball.
So the W's are trying a new approach now, and he's got a new big man in town to help share some of that responsibility and the W's are definitely that ends up working (though it hasn't yet), one much more fundamentally sound and overall "Harder 'n da Paint" (that ones for you Waka Flocka Flame). Throughout his career, Biedrins has relied on highly skilled passing guards to get him the ball in scoring situations, but since his scoring has plummetted, his confidence has shattered. Steph Curry isn't the ball-slinger Baron is and Andris has yet to adjust to playing to that style, but just don't know that he'll ever evolve in that way. Biedrins certainly has his strengths, and is a valuable NBA big man, but right now, only about 50 percent of the time he's playing like an NBA-capable center. In my eye, Biedrins seemed to lose his confidence when Baron left, and his weaknesses were magnified because Baron wasn't there to cover 'em up (and Nelly stopped caring, but that's for another post). Offensively, he doesn't move well or create without the ball and has spotty hands to say the least. Oh, and that free-throw shooting is Shaq-like... Defensively, he's not bad, and when his heads in the game and healthy, he's a pretty good rebounder.
Now, I know a lot of your are thinking, "man, he's got it out for Biedrins today", but that's not the case. I know he's still young, but he's no longer basketball young, and 5 years is plenty of time to establish yourself. I'd wait and see how this year plays out, then absolutely entertain the idea of packaging up Andris. Again, without Andris, the Warriors don't make that run in '07, but with Monta, Steph, Lee and Wright, he just isn't fitting in. Again, his contract is no small obstacle, as the W's would likely need to take on salary too. Flat out though, in my opinion, Biedrins has been a collosoul dissapointment since 2007, it's like he's all the sudden turned into Todd Fuller or Patrick O'Bryan.
I still have faith in Andris though, and I don't think he's done. With the trade deadline approaching though, I would certainly be open to dealing him in the right situation and wouldn't think twice about it.
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