Good afternoon sports fans. I was on a small hiatus. As I’ve said before this isn’t my day job. But I returned with another good piece of bay area sports. The Golden State Warriors are in the playoffs. We Warriors fans should be happy. Because after six long and excruciating years, the drought is over. So we should be happy campers right? Wrong! It’s true were in the playoffs, but now we have to deal with what the NBA calls playoff reality. That reality came on Saturday afternoon when Golden State tipped off against Denver in round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. The reality came when Steph Curry hit a 3 pointer with 14.5 seconds left to play which tied the game up 95-95. With 14.5 seconds left 37 year old Andre Miller drew Draymond Green up to the free throw line then drove right past him and captured the win with a lay up, giving the Nuggets the 97-95 victory for game 1. Steph Curry finished with 19 points, 9 assists, and 4 rebounds. Klay Thompson finished with 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 block shots. The Warriors shouldn’t hang their heads
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New Owners Lacob & Guber Gamble With Ellis, U’Doh, Brown Trade. On Any Level The C’s Still have The Warriors Number. Boston -105 Golden State – 103Posted: March 16, 2012 in ABC, ABC Sports, Basketball, CBS, CBS Sports, Comcast Sports BayArea, Espn, Facebook, Fox Sports, Golden State Basketball, Google, NBA Basketball, NBC, NBC Sports, Special Interest Opinion, Twitter, Yahoo Sports, Youtube
What’s up sports fans. Well it happened. I’m sure by now your like me trying to piece together the last 48 hours of the NBA trade deadline, like a bad night of alcohol binging. You know that feeling of a massive headache, not sure where anything is, and the worst is trying to piece together why you threw you pants in the shower. The good thing is those days are long gone for me. Some thirty years ago in college. I gotta be careful here. I might be revealing my age. The bad thing is we aren’t in college we are in the present day of the last 48 hours of the trades, they’re for real and no one was drunk. Although some people might be thinking Joe Lacob, and Peter Guber were when they made a trade that Warriors fans and NBA aficionados might be scratching there heads about.
I’m sure your well aware that in the last 48 hours the Golden State Warriors traded long time 2 guard, and scoring machine Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks. They also sent a developing and budding defensive standout Ekpe U’doh and 7 foot center Kwame Brown to Milwaukee. In return Golden State got Andrew Bogut and , god I can’t believe I’m about to write this, STEPHEN JACKSON!! Yes, our old Capt. Jack was expected to return to the Warriors. But hold on, wait a minute, the Warriors attempt to make up for this trade, by trading Capt. Jack to San Antonio for Richard Jefferson , T.J. Ford and the Spurs 2012 first round pick. Now I gotta be honest with you in the beginning of this trade I was extremely upset. Because I’m a Monta Ellis fan, and I just couldn’t see the W’s trading him before Andris Biedrins. What is also notable is as much as everyone is warming up to Steph Curry, and I agree, cause I like Curry too.
But if I had to pick someone to get traded it probably would have been Steph. Simply because he’s not in my opinion as durable a player as the Warriors need right now. I just thought that Curry needs more conditioning. Well let’s face it, the whole team needs that. But to me if one of them has to go, it would’ve been Curry, with Andris. I also thought Andris would’ve be gone before Ellis would. And how do you just let a rising defensive player like Ekpe go? Okay so, we trade Kwame, which I can see that. He’s injured. But we trade an injured center to get an injured center? If this trade would’ve stayed the way it originally was portrayed I would be still upset. Getting Capt. Jack now is like trying to re-sign Chris Mullin. Don’t get me wrong Chris is a great player, and is in the Hall of Fame, but were not trying to get him to play now. His career is over.
So is Stephen Jackson’s. If he try’s to comeback at the end of this season, who would sign him? I’m not trying to bad mouth Stephen Jackson either, it’s just that it is what it is. You play in the NBA for a time and then you move on to something else. Unless Capt. Jack can prove me wrong, I think after this season I wouldn’t be surprised if he did retire.
Lacob & Guber didn’t get run through the “You screwed the trade up.” ringer long enough before they cleaned it up by getting Jefferson and T.J. Ford. Richard Jefferson is a nice acquisition. Andrew Bogut on the other hand is still a work in progress. Larry Riley was on Comcast Sportsnet last night during the Warriors loss to the Celtics, and stated to Jim Barnett and Bob Fitzgerald that the Warriors doctors believe that Andrew Bogut injury to his leg will heal and he can be ready by next season. This is the problem I have with that prognosis. Doctors make mistakes all the time, and no one can know Bogut’s future, at the end of the day Lacob & Guber are gambling with the fans season with this trade. If it works this post I’m writing will probably get burnt off the internet. But if I’m right you who have read it will be remembering this post. I hope I’m wrong.
But they did get Jefferson, and on the business side of the NBA by trading Ellis, U’doh and Brown they’re looking for to the future results of this trade. The problem I have is that when you look at the franchise track record for trades, it is down right brutal. If your a Warrior fan like me, then you know the saying. If we could bring back every player we’ve traded in the last five years we’d have the NBA championship for the next ten years. Bogut is 7’0 foot at 260lbs. He averaged with Milwaukee 11 points, 8 rebounds with two block shots per game. If he’s healthy he could add what the Warriors want, more beef in the paint. Richard Jefferson is 6’7 at 225lbs. He averaged 9 pts. and about 3.5 rebounds per game. But I think with him it’s playing time. I’ve seen Richard Jefferson light it up when he get hot. Well it doesn’t matter now.
What’s done is done. Warriors executives only want to dwell on the positives of this trade, and this season was short so the trade won’t really matter until next year anyway. We will see Monta’s reaction on the court tomorrow night when the Milwaukee Bucks take on his former Golden State Warriors. What’s your take on the trade. Tell me what you think. Remember folks, it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!
Shortened Season & Sea Saw Win Losses Prove To Be Bad Formula, & Doesn’t Show Much Change For Lacob, Guber Ownership & The Warriors. Golden State – 103 Memphis – 104Posted: February 19, 2012 in ABC, ABC Sports, Basketball, CBS, CBS Sports, Comcast Sports BayArea, Espn, Facebook, Fox Sports, Golden State Basketball, Google, NBA Legends, NBC, NBC Sports, Twitter, Yahoo Sports, Youtube
What’s up sports fans? I bet you’ve been wondering why I haven’t put anything in my blog about Golden State’s 2012 season. Your probably wondering why I haven’t put a lot of time in covering at least the first game of the season. I’ll tell you why. Maybe it’s because I feel like this season, even though it is short, is just like every season that preceded it. If by some great miracle that the Warriors get into the playoffs, they most likely will be ousted in the first round. I say by some great miracle because this is a shortened season, So that means their chances are greatly reduced. Now most of you out there who are reading this for the first time might be thinking, that I’m not a Warriors fan. On the contrary.
I’m an enormous fan! I met Charles Johnson or (C.J) when I was nine years old. He used to live right around the corner from me. I still see his sister Michelle everyday on my way to work. No I don’t dislike the Warriors, I love them. But I’m also a realist when it comes to competitive sports, especially the NBA. I’ve been watching it too long to know otherwise. The Warriors owners in the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, as short as it is, wanted us to feel the way we Warriors fans felt back in 2007. We wanted to BELIEVE! But unfortunately the season is turning to be just like most of the seasons we’ve had in the past. Some people will start coming up with just about every solution they think will solve the Warriors winning woes, and put them on the right track.
When it’s obvious that the only way Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are going to get a winning season out of this franchise is to do like all the other winning franchise owners do, spend a boat load of money and get more competitive players. When they do decide to do that, go after the players that know how to win games. Go after Dwight Howard, and when I say go after Dwight Howard go and get him!! Don’t come at him with some rinky dink deal, out bid all the other teams and go get him! Go after Joakim Noah. Go after Rajon Rondo. Go after the players that will win you games. Go after Kobe Bryant if you can. Go after Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Manu Ginobli, Joe Johnson or Tony Parker. If you need go after Lebron James or even Dwayne Wade.
Whatever player you think will help you win games go after him, and get it done!! Because if you owners think you can stand in front of the crowd of fans, guarantee playoffs by setting up a contract with the fans simply because it brings good PR, and think that’s going to change psychological profile of this franchise, which is to loose, your living in new ownership nieve land. Hey the clippers went after Chris Paul and Chauncey Billips, pair them up with Blake Griffin and where are they now? A top the Pacific Division, sitting at No. 1. Are you listening Mr. Lacob, and Mr. Guber? So far the shortened season and the sea-saw win, loose schedule has shown the same bad formula for Golden State, no consistency for winning games.
It’s sad. I know that when the new owners took the helm, they had good intentions. But really if they mean what they say they will re-evaluate their strategy and put together a plan of action that will get better results. Because right now we’re looking at the same old thing. Opposing teams will come in to Oracle Arena and they’ll be thinking not if they’ll win, but how they’ll win. What do you think? Am I talking loud and saying nothing? Or am I speaking the truth? What’s take on my rant? Send me a e-mail tell me what you think? Remember folk it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!
AllBayAreaSports.Com Launches “ThrowBack Legends (Segment). With First Interview From Redwood City Woodside High Alumnai Rich Kelley.Posted: September 15, 2011 in Basketball, CBS Sports, Comcast Sports BayArea, Espn, Facebook, Fox Sports, High School Sports, NBA Basketball, NBA Legends, NBC Sports, Special Interest Opinion, Twitter, Yahoo Sports, Youtube
What’s up sports fans? This is our first take at a really special part of Allbayareasports.com. This is our “Throwback Legends (Segment), and we are very honored and pleased that we started with Bay Area native Rich Kelley. Rich started playing at Woodside High in Redwood City California he eventually went played at Stanford which is a enormous accomplishment in its own right, and he played so well there he eventually was called up to play on the professional level. We are ecstatic that he allowed us to do this interview. So sit back and take a look. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!
Not Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitski, Dewayne Wade Or Lebron James. It’s Allan Guei Who Sets The Standard On What It Takes To Show True Sportsmanship.Posted: July 7, 2011 in Basketball, High School Sports, Special Interest Opinion
What’s up sports fans? It’s funny how standards can be set and we follow them. I myself fell prey to life’s whirlpool affect. When it was time to pay my taxes I payed them, unfortunately like the standard of procrastination in this country, I payed them late. Since then I’ve been working hard not to let that happen again. A standard I don’t want to make a common practice. In the NBA the standard is to dominate your opponent. It is the same with NFL, NHL and let’s face it in all competitive sports. What is interesting is that when you look up the word (Sportsmanship) Webster’s Dictionary defines it as; “:conduct (as fairness, respect for one opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing, becoming to one participating in a sport.” The Merriam-Webster’s Lerner’s Dictionary defined it as; ” fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition.”
It’s also interesting that by reading the dictionary you’d wonder if any of our competitive sports divas have kept these definitions in mind. Sometimes when these competitions get heated and a championship is on the line fair play respect for one’s opponent is is not what’s being practiced. Probably because the players have forgotten their humble beginnings as players, where it began on the playground. Back then basketballs would probably get shot over two thousand times and no one kept count. Because back in that time the Kobe Bryants, Derek Jeters, and Bret Farves of the game were only playing for fun. It was a more simplistic time. But every now and then life can remind us who we really are and what we need to do to get back there. Usually this is done by an example.
The example came in a competition where Compton High School basketball player Allan Guei won a free throw contest. The prize, $40,000 to the winner. You’d think a young man like Allan who grew up in Compton could’ve found 40,000 ways to spend that money. Instead he only chose one, and it was the most vauluable way to spend it. See Allan didn’t get caught up in the idea that he could have the fancy clothes, new car or anything else he considered to buy. Instead he donated it to 7 of his classmates to help them get to college. Now don’t get me wrong we all know that shooting basketball is a valuable talent in this country and for Allan it didn’t go unnoticed. Mr. Guei will be going to college also. Cal State Northridge saw how well he shot free throws, and they decided to give him a basketball scholarship. Allan already had the scholarship. “They were all smart and wanted to pursue their dreams, but were having financial difficulties,” Guei told The Los Angeles Times. “I felt it was the right move to help the others.”
The $40,000 would have been extra spending money. Instead Allan Guei showed true wisdom, by conducting himself with fairness and showing a act of kindness. “I’m in shock,” said Omar Guzman, 17, who is headed to San Diego State University. “I’m really grateful there are people like that out there. It was generous.” It is something that the sports world should recognize because truly it’s what the game needs. To remember in the end, it’s just a game, and what you take from that game can be of great consequence or of great value. From that game you can make and have great relationships or you and make enemies. Allan Guei chose to get what was the greatest value and that value was wisdom. I hope other players of their perspective sports remember that their achievements will be forgotten, people will always remember acts of fairness, graciousness, and kindness the marks of true sportsmans like Allan Guei. But Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!