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!
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!
What’s up sports fans? I’m sure you’re probably as frustrated as I am about commercial sports franchises not continuing with their regular operations as the 2011-2012 season presses on. We’ve already had to deal with the possibility of the NFL not having a full season because Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith have been assisting the negotiations of the contract talks between the NFL Players Union and NFL Owners. This whole lockout thing in my opinion has been blown way out of proportion. I mean I can understand the NFL players obviously are fighting to keep something that the NFL owners don’t want to give.
What also is significant is that because we’re the fans and don’t know all the information it’s easy for us to yell fowl and say, “Cut it out! We want to see some contact sports, now get out there and play ball!” We’re saying this because we appreciate being able to watch games, and now we can’t watch thanks to the lockout. As a matter of fact the lockout storm as I’m calling it has gotten so out of control that they even have developed a website called NFL Lockout.com. Come on guys developing a website for a labor dispute in football? And you should see some of the heavy arduous work the developers of that website are producing, just read below:
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the following statements after today’s meeting:
Smith: “Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done. It is extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but we’re committed to getting something done and we’re going to keep working at it. Just to wrap up: we’re working hard, we understand the fans’ frustration, I know our players’ frustration. We’re going to keep working hard and try to make sure we get a deal done.”
Goodell: “You obviously know we met over the last couple of days. We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”
Wow, you’d think we the public were waiting the out come of something serious. I mean there are labor disputes for the teachers union, nurses threatening to work off the job, and then there’s the stink that nobody wants to hear or experience, that’s when waste management tells you “Were not picking up your garbage next week were on strike.” These are services we have to have or the quality of life suffers greatly. Since the players have time off some of them have involved themselves in other pursuits. For instance Steve Breaston a five year player in the NFL put together a video to tell the fans how he felt about the lockout. It’s called, “A League Deferred.” you can check it out below. The NFL isn’t something we have to have in order to keep our quality of life, but it is something that enhances our lives, gives us good entertainment and we the buying public appreciate it. That’s why we pay the high ticket prices, wear our favorite teams logo, and collect memorabilia.
The NFL Lockout is here for one reason, the two sides can’t agree on one thing, the money. Let’s face it for the last four years it has been the topic of discussion in this country, the economy. Some say the NFL could be starting a lockout tsunami that all franchises might follow. Something that most sports enthusiasts don’t want to experience. But recently the NBA’s Lockout is proving that the lockout tsunami’s wave is gaining momentum. To be locked out of something you have to have the keys. We the fans never had em. That’s why leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR and so on can lock you and me out.
It’s funny though David Stern the commissioner, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, and New York Knicks owner James Dolan of the NBA owners is contending with NBA Players Association head Billy Hunter, NBA players rep. Derek Fisher, and two other reps of the NBA on Thursday to discuss an agreement to a contract. Really you should ask David Stern, why are you arguing over a few nickels? I say a few nickels but Both sides know already that it is considerably more. Really it is funny because both sides know that the NBA shouldn’t be in a lockout. The league is doing well with revenues. It will continue to do well because of a strong fan base.
David Stern knows it too. He’s, and I hate to say it as much as I admire Mr. Stern, but he’s being greedy. C’mon Dave, the league wants the ability to cause the players to take a pay cut, the same way the NHL did to its players back in the 2004-2005 season. Owners want more profits. While that’s going on we the fans don’t have the keys to these leagues. We pay but the unions and owners decide how much. That’s why I sit in the nosebleed section at Warriors games, but I can’t decide who wins in a players/ owner dispute. Fans need to remember while all this back and forth over lockouts, contracts, and the season is going on, they should send a more than loud message to people like Roger Goodell, David Stern, NFL and NBA Players Unions.
It’s the fans that allow these individuals to even get the opportunity to argue over these revenues. Organizations listen to your message when it is done in numbers. This is why we the fan base don’t have the keys to the league. If we made our voice heard by e-mail submission or some other civil means, and i want to re-emphasize civil, to these leagues and organizations of a boycott of some kind, then and only then the next time these organizations think about a lockout they’ll remember who really has the keys to hold a lockout. They’ll remember the key holder is you and me, where the respect of commercial sports really belongs the fans. What do you think? Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!
Dallas Cool Off “The Big Three” In Their Fourth Quarter Drought. Dallas 2011 NBA Champions. Nowitski Crowned 2011 MVP. Dallas-105 Miami-95.Posted: June 13, 2011 in ABC Sports, Basketball, Espn, NBA Basketball, Special Interest Opinion
What’s up sports fans? Well I’ve been proven wrong before when it comes to picking the winner of different match ups. I thought the San Jose Sharks were going to win the Stanley Cup. I was wrong. I thought the Miami Heatwould beat the Dallas Mavericks in seven games. Thanks to Miami’s performance last night, they have made me wrong again. Once again it was the same situation that had happened in the last two contests between these two conference champions. Miami couldn’t gain any ground on the Mavericks during the fourth quarter. It was really hard to watch. In the beginning of this series, you had arguments from both teams why either one of them should win the finals. When you were done arguing you would figure, that after watching everything that has transpired over the last three seasons in the NBA, with Lebron having being raised to Jordan like status in Cleveland, the fact that Dwayne Wade already had a title in Miami, and Chris Bosh had done all he could do in Toranto.
And Bosh was ready to move to a franchise and capture his first title, which was suppose to happen in Miami once the other premier players were signed. The fact that the league had clearly showed that when you put together three premier players in a franchise that was a contender it could produce results. We saw it in Boston when Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, matched up with Paul Pierce and the Celtics, we saw it in Los Angeles when Pau Gasol , Kobe Bryant, and Lamar Odom with the Lakers, and it was supposed to happen in Miami. When “The Big Three” were set up in Miami, and the fact that the Heat themselves showcased the entire event, it looked like the new fall fashion of the super models runway in Milan. Not to mention that Lebron James and Espn put together a special which featured his decision as to where he would play once he left Cleveland. All eyes were on Miami to not only perform well in the playoffs, but to exceed that and win an NBA title. Why was so much placed on Miami to succeed so soon? Because Miami placed so much on themselves.
They didn’t have to do that runway presentation like they did. They could’ve just signed Lebron and Bosh and quietly do whatever it was they needed to do, without pomp and over hype that they flaunted in the beginning of the season. None of that matters now. Dallas is the 2011 NBA Champion, and for good reason. Dallas did what NBA teams should do. They quietly came in the playoffs excepting scrutiny from the leagues fan base and it’s afficionado’s and responded by not taking offense, but instead playing their game, and they received the ultimate pay off, a NBA title. Dallas exposed Miami’s weaknesses. And the Heat’s weakness was their inability to produce big numbers in the fourth quarter. The Heat weren’t taking the ball to the hole, instead they kept passing the ball until there were shot clock violations or until they would loose control of the basketball. The Heat committed 17 turnovers, and anyone who’s familiar with the game knows, you can’t loose the ball that many times and expect to win the game.
The Heat kept shooting jump shots in the last six and half minutes of the game. If I’m Erik Spoelstra, at about five minutes left in the game, I’d probably tell my guys, “Look! Stop passing the ball so much! Stop shooting so many jump shots, and take the ball to hole, and draw fouls!!! Instead he allowed Miami to continue until they were running out of time. Really the league shouldn’t just have an MVP award, they should have and official “Heart Of A Champion Award.” If they did in this years playoffs and in this years finals, it should go to J.J. Barea. Barea played like a true champion the entire playoffs. When he was flagrantly fouled by the Lakers he handled it like a true sportsman. He continued to use his speed and agility to out maneuver his opponents. Deshawn Stevenson and Mario Chalmers played well throughout the playoffs, but showed terrible class in game six. Stevenson started the fracas when he shoved Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers came to Haslems aid. In any case it was in bad taste for the league and I’m sure some fines will be issued.
I just can’t figure out why Lebron James, or Dwayne Wade didn’t do what’s been their success all season, drive the lane more in the last seven minutes of the game. When they were doing all that passing the Mavericks continued to shoot. Jason Terry finished with 27pts and Dirk Nowitski finshed with 21pts. “We worked so hard and so long for it,” Nowitzki said. “The team has had an unbelievable ride.” For Dirk Nowitski, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd the wait is over. They have been on both sides of the table. They now know what it is to loose and to win. They also finally know what it is like to work so hard for something and finally taste success. “It goes without saying,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You’re never really prepared for a moment like this. … Neither team deserved this championship more than the other, but Dallas earned it.” The Mavericks did earn it. Unlike Miami who had this idea that “If we sign superstar players we’ll win the NBA title.”
That didn’t happen. Right now, Miami’s “Big Three” are having a hot bowl of crow, and I’m having some too, because I got caught up in the “Big Three.” hype like all the other Miami fans. “It was a failure in ’07 when we lost to the Spurs when I was in Cleveland,” James said. “It’s a failure now.” This also sends a message to other franchises in retrospect to my question in my other post that I did a week ago when I asked if sport franchises were buying championships. To Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and to the Miami front office, I hope your listening. Championships can’t be bought. You want to win a championship you better play with all the blood, sweat, tears, and heart. Because after you loose the hot bowl of crow you have to eat still taste terrible to digest, all summer long. Think Miami can get back in contention for the NBA title or do you think that time has come and went? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM