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Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

Posted on: October 13, 2009 8:56 am
Edited on: October 15, 2009 9:21 am
Upon a recent visit with a colleague who is involved in business dealings throughout the NBA, the subject of how a certain player on the Golden State Warriors was doing came up.

"Golden State," said my friend, shaking his head, "is a story in and of itself."

Indeed. And a pathetic story at that.

It's not just that the Warriors have suspended guard Stephen Jackson for two games due to conduct detrimental to the team. It's not that coach/emperor Don Nelson and GM Larry Riley sat down with Jackson Tuesday in an attempt to smooth things over. Everyone can see -- including Jackson -- that all they're up to is getting Jackson back on the court so they can trade him. Since that's what Jackson wants, he should be amenable.

UPDATE: Captain Jack relinquished his captaincy Tuesday, and he and Nelson came away from the meeting with very different demeanors. Nelson bordered on chipper afterward, while Jackson was described as bitter. Maybe that's because Jackson has realized that he might very well be stuck in Golden State. Nelson, perhaps, already is imagining himself luxuriating under a palm tree in Maui when this sad saga finally ends.

In a calm, matter-of-fact tone, Jackson eviscerates Nelson (he listens to him only because he's paid to), Kobe Bryant (he gets preferential treatment from the refs), and his teammates (who didn't come to his defense when he got ejected for complaining about the calls in the preseason game against the Lakers. Hang in there with this video ; it's worth your time.

But this story isn't about Jackson. He's merely the latest player who has been swallowed by the vortex of incompetent ownership and sad egotism, the combination of which have turned the Bay Area's NBA team -- one of the league's prime properties, by the way -- into such a joke that it makes Jim Dolan's regime in New York seem like a tranquil pool of efficiency by comparison.

This has been going on too long. The games Golden State management tried to play with Monta Ellis in the wake of his moped accident, the shameful treatment of Chris Mullin, and now the bungling of l'Affaire Jackson -- all of it is a steaming pile of obfuscation that is crying out for the nuclear option. If he hasn't already, David Stern should forcefully suggest that it's time for majority owner Chris Cohan to finally sell this franchise that has disintegrated on his watch.

But Cohan isn't the only problem, either. His problem is merely the only one that -- if solved -- would lead to the resolution of all the other problems. Namely, those problems are president Robert Rowell, Riley, and Nelson. Find me another NBA team with a triangle of stubbornness, petulance, and cluelessness that rivals this Warriors triumvirate and I'll send you a P.J. Carlesimo bobblehead doll.

Two members of this bungling trio were present at Las Vegas Summer League this past July. (And when it comes to Nellie, I should point out that he was present in the arena, not just the casino.) It was a sad commentary on what the Warriors have become: A disheveled Nelson sitting uncomfortably in the stands, a ball cap scrunched down on his unkempt coiffure. By his side at all times, like a pea-brained pug, was Riley -- whose ascent to the GM's chair came at the expense of Mullin and by the forceful hand of Nellie. One night, Nellie invited a couple of scribes out for dinner and cigars, a gesture he hoped would curry favor and mold the mushy contents of their skulls to Nellie's twisted brand of basketball management. One thing I have learned in this business: When a sports figure invites you to dinner for the sole purpose of showing you what a prince he is, he is up to no good.

The no-good has gone on in Golden State long enough.




Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2009 2:12 pm

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

The fact still remains is that a man getting paid to write is one who did something right, Anyone who watched the Warriors play last season could easily tell that Nelson should have been taken to the pasture years ago. You have a team full of talented player's who could easily win you 45+ games this season and make the playoff's. The reason they wont is actually very simple.

A) Do what you do best
B) you have 2 PG's who Beast on the 3 point line.
C) Your FT% was good.
D) Deffense was shakey, but upside you had speed.

Overall Point: 3 PG's Trade 1 get a PF, Keep the center right where he is and Adjust Monta Ellis to Set up the post with Stephen Curry.

This Year's Expectations (From Paper and Pre-season outlook last 2 years): Playoff's with 52-30 record
This Year's Predictions (From Last 2 years, Paper, Pre-Season): 43-39  Possilby a Wild card contender fighting agaisnt a weaker Northwest division.

Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2009 4:20 pm

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

Nelson is Garbage, he couldnt coach a pair of scissors out of a wet paper bag. He had great players last season and was constantly benching them to proove that he was dominate....kinda treating the team as if it was a battered dog. GS will never be a complete team without dropping both Nelson and Cohan both and cutting lose's

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2009 12:31 pm

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

CanColt, it's just you. First of all, "shamefull mess" was the title of Berger's blog entry - not my words. However, I agree that they are a reasonable description for the Warriors and even more so for the Raiders. And to cwolnowski and others who defended Nelson as a coach, you're entitled to your opinion of course, but I doubt that you have watched him coach game after game for years. He is able to take a bad team and occasionally overachieve, but he also has a history of underachieving when he has a really good team (like his days in Dallas). He may have just over 1300 wins but also has over 1000 losses, and his record in the playoffs is well under .500. He is the worst manager of players' minutes that I have ever seen. He tends to run some players (like Jackson last year, Baron Davis previous years) into the ground during the first 3 quarters even when they have big lead so they have nothing left at the end of the game. I can't count how many times since he returned to the Warriors that he has had 10+ point leads going into the final 6-8 minutes and the players were so tired they just ran out of gas and lost. At other times, a player will have an outstanding first half and then just ride the bench the entire second half while the players he puts out there flounder and eventually lose.

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2009 11:33 am

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

I don't think the problem lies with Don Nelson.  Let's not forget he's been NBA Coach of the Year 3 times, and these awards have spanned over a 25 year period (he first won the award after the 82-83 season with the Bucks).  The problem lies in allowing players (Stephen Jackson most notably) be so outspoken without sitting down with them and hammering out their problems so it doesn't first become exposed in the media.  Jackson has been known to be somewhat outspoken and at times can have difficulties with speaking or acting without thinking first (I think his role in the brawl at the Palace is a pretty on-point example of this).  The Warriors' front office needs to get rid of him.  Re-signing him last November is proving to be a bad idea because all he has done since is brought negativity on to that franchise.  It's clear that he doesn't want to be there and that the Warriors are a young, rebuilding team.  Do everyone a favor and trade him for quality young talent so you can be a true competitor in a few years once all your young players develop at the same time.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2009 9:26 pm

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

CanColt...well i hate to break the news to you so publicly..but the Warriors are from Oakland too so alot of Raiders are in fact Warriors fans..just as i am..i think we have the right as both teams fans to crticize as we please because both teams are in shambles.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2009 9:17 pm

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

The sad part is i actually think that the Warriors have about as much talent as anybody in the NBA...its just too bad its all in the back court. Randolph, Biedrins, and Turiaf isnt enough front court depth to hold up against the top teams in the West..Mikki moore isnt going to help nothing either and Brandan Wright is hurt..we're in for a pretty long season.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2009 5:58 pm

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

No offense man but I couldn't help but notice that you are a Raiders fan.  The same franchise that Bill Simmons suggested on his podcast that the NFL has to BAN from being able to trade in order to keep the Raider's from altering the great game we love with moronic, inexcusable moves.  Look, I'm not trying to be a jerk but isn't it a tad humorous that a Raider's fan would ever call another franchise in any league a "shameful mess" ?  Maybe it's just me?

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2009 11:47 am

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

The Warriors' mess has the same root cause as the Raiders' mess.  In both cases, the owner is detrimental to the team.  The Warriors showed signs of promise in the 90's, but have been a mess ever since Cohan took over.  Cohan has allowed much of what has happened, including the ousting of Mullen and installation of incompetent management.  I blame the entire management team, but ultimately, the owner is responsible for deciding who manages the team and thus is responsible for the dismal mess we've seen for two decades.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2009 10:16 am

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

Nellie is the biggest problem.  This idiot is literally one of the worst coaches in NBA history.  And, don't go telling me about all the games he's won because he's lost just as many and the only reason he's won that many is because dumb NBA owners have kept hiring him for years!

Nellie couldn't coach is way out of a wet paper bag.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2009 9:01 am

Warriors' shameful mess needs to end (UPDATE)

Hey, please let us know where you have worked and where you went to college, Marques83. I'm sure everyone will be truly impressed.

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