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!
What’s up sports fans? Wow! Are you reading this? I’m writing this. The Bleacher Report has released conformation that the Golden State Warriors have chosen a person that no one considered for their new head c0aching position. Mark Jackson has chosen to come to Oracle Arena to coach the Golden State Warriors. This is Huge! I’m trying to stay in my seat while I’m writing this. When you look at the different choices that were available and the coaches that decided they didn’t want the job, to get Mark Jackson to agree in my opinion means change isn’t coming, change is here. The 17 year veteran of the NBA and ESPN Sports analyst has decided to forgo holding the microphone and start leading the Warriors into NBA battle for the 2011-2012 season. Here’s a statement from Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob:
We are tremendously excited about the addition of Mark Jackson as our new head coach. He epitomized leadership as a player in this league for 17 seasons and we think that characteristic — and many other positive traits — will translate very well into his coaching duties with our young team.
He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league and we’re convinced that he is the right person to guide this team into the future and help us achieve the success that we are striving for as an organization.
You have to give Joe Lacob and Peter Guber a hand. They needed someone with experience in the game and someone who can motivate players. I personally think this is a good decision. When you hear Mark Jackson analyze live games you can tell that he strategizes well. He made a comment the other night concerning game 3 of the NBA Finals that made a lot of sense. That “While your posting up for shots watch the response of the defense when changing passing decisions.” See only good players and good coaches would think that much ahead of plays while they develop. Here is a great opportunity and the new Warriors front office takes full advantage of the situation. There is one thing that Warrior fans should consider.
With the team moving in the direction they are trying to move to, which is success, fans are probably wondering what type of mindset does Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have to make a move like this. I can tell you this, it’s the same mindset Joe Lacob had four years ago when he worked with some key individuals to produce a championship in Boston. Yeah, that’s right. When Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were raising their championship trophy a few years back Joe Lacob had his hand in that. And look who Mr. Lacob partnered with to turn around this franchise. A man who’s knowledge of the entertainment world can’t be questioned. This what he was able to put together in linking up with Peter Guber. Can you feel it? I can. It’s the winds of change coming to the Bay Area.
Slowly but surely Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are putting all the pieces of the puzzle together to produce a winning NBA franchise. Whew! I can’t believe I said that and I can’t believe I heard those words coming out of my mouth. A winning NBA franchise. That’s something we Warriors don’t know about except maybe once in our lifetime, and even then we were to young to understand the magnitude of the event. The Golden State Warriors have new ownership. They have a new head coach. Now if they can manage to get that certain impact player to change the scheme of the Warriors playing philosophy. It would put us right where we need to be, in the playoffs! If I were Golden State I would go after Ne~Ne from the Denver Nuggets. The reason why I say this is because when you look at the NBA as a whole, no NBA Franchise has been able to capture an NBA title without a dominate big man. The don’t just need a bigh man, they need a big man who can do the job.
They’ve had big men in the past, they have Andris now and I’m sorry to say but he’s just not doing the job. Ne~Ne can mix it up with the best of them. Plus his contract is up. Mr. Lacob, Mr. Guber, Mr. West, and Mr. Riley I hoping your listening because if you guys can put together a deal and land Ne~Ne, it would change the whole division of the Pacific West, and the days of the Lakers coming in Oracle Arena and beating up on our Golden State Warriors would be over. Think about it Mr. Lacob, Mr. Guber, Mr. West and Mr. Riley. I could see Ne~Ne in a Golden State Warriors uniform. So do think Mark Jackson will make an immediate impact or you think it was a bad idea hiring him? Tell me what you think. I want to know. Remember folks its’ ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!
Warriors Owners Sign Lakers Famed Jerry West. West Becomes Golden State Warriors Team Advisor, And The Owners Make Contract Of Improvement To Season Ticket Holders.Posted: May 29, 2011 in Golden State Basketball, NBA Basketball
What’s up sports fans? I didn’t think I’d ever be writing this. The man who kept the Los Angeles Lakers in Championship contention for so many years is going to have a say in the operations of the Golden State Warriors? On Tuesday May 24, 2011 a press conference was held to announce that Jerry West the man who donned gold and purple for the Lakers will be one of the voices of wisdom in the front office of Golden State. ”I would hope that I will have a voice, but I will not make that final decision,” West said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. “I don’t want to be the final decision-maker. I don’t think it’s fair to the people in place. That was my biggest reservation coming here. I didn’t want to come here and feel I would overshadow Larry and Bob.” I’m wondering if what Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are saying about this franchise is true. This is just one of the moves the new owners putting into motion to improve the Golden State Warriors.
The other is that they publicly announced that they have offered a Contract Of Improvement for their season ticket holders. This is a bold move in my opinion. I mean I’ve seen teams get bought, and in some cases relocate to another city, and the new owners have come with great inspirations and expectations and most of the time it doesn’t work out that well. Trust me we Warrior fans know it all too well. We had Cohan for over a decade and look what happen there. But for Guber and Lacob they’re putting their reputations on the line, and that’s huge. I don’t know about you but I’m thinking for them to publicly come out and announce something like this they must be ready to make this franchise pristine. Because I am a Warriors fan I can say it appears that good times are ahead. Peter Guber and Joe Lacob must be pretty confident also, because I’m sure they know that if they don’t succeed the buying public will be brutal. You can count on them receiving hate mail, bad write ups from the press, just about every stinking comment you can think of like, “Lacob, Guber you promised change and you couldn’t deliver!’
This is the reason why I do believe that they must have a secret weapon. I know I personally wouldn’t make a promise and then wait for the onslaught of people and sports writers to hang me out to dry because I couldn’t produce the change that I promised. Just look at what they are promising to the season ticket holders,
1. The Warriors will make the 2012 playoffs. If they do not, ticket prices will not be increased for the 2012-13 season.
2. The Warriors will send a player to the 2012 All-Star Game. If they do not, all season-ticket holders will receive an autographed piece of All-Star merchandise, and be entered into a drawing for an all-expenses paid trip for two to the All-Star Game in Orlando.
3. The Warriors will win 25 or more home games. If they do not, all season-ticket holders will be invited to an exclusive two-hour autograph session at Oracle Arena with the entire team.
4. The Warriors will honor a risk-free renewal, with a 5% interest guarantee option for the 2011-12 season. That policy will be guaranteed with a 25% deposit payment.
I have to admit after looking at these promises I want to be a season ticket holder. Do you think they’ll produce or fail? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!