Media Day, 2009: What better time to jump start 48minutes.net?
By Geoff Lepper
I’ve been wondering for a few months now when I should emerge from my hiatus and kick off the 2009-10 season of 48minutes.net.
Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis made it clear for me on Monday afternoon.
How could one not post about the Warriors’ Media Day truth-telling, where Golden State’s two best players came out and basically trashed the franchise’s biggest moves, both past and future?
Not only did Jackson refuse to back down from his trade demand of last month, but he also lambasted the team for slipping backwards with every move they’ve made since the “We Believe” crew made it to the Western Conference semifinals in 2007. Jackson ticked off the list of departed players from that team — Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Al Harrington, Matt Barnes, Mickael Pietrus — and admitted at one point that, “It felt like I’m next.”
Then Ellis came out and upstaged Jackson, saying that he thinks a pairing with Stephen Curry — which had been the grand plan of the Warriors ever since the all-world shooter fell into their laps during this summer’s draft — simply won’t work. Period, no equivocation: “That’s not going to win, that way.”
There’s going to be a lot more to write about these topics in the next few hours, but to get us back up and running, here’s a compilation of Tweets from earlier today. (You can follow my feed at geofflepper).
Just another W’s media day; Jackson stands by trade demand, Ellis on idea of playing with Curry: “Us, together? No. We can’t. Just can’t.”
Jackson angry at the dismantling of WE BELIEVE: “Everything we’ve done since that year, we’ve been taking steps back from beating Dallas.”
Jackson on wanting out after extension: “Who’s going to turn down that money? I didn’t go to college, but I’ve got a lot of common sense.”
Jackson on Amare trade that wasn’t: “If we’d have got another big name in here, I’d have been fine with that.”
Jackson on wanting to be on a winner: “I’m made for the playoffs and the championships. I’m Big Shot Jack. That’s what I do.”
More Ellis on an Ellis/Curry tandem: “I just want to win, and that’s not going to win, that way.”
More Ellis: “You can’t put two small guys out there and try to play the 1 and the 2 when you’ve got big 2 guards in the league.”
More Ellis: “You just can’t do it. Yes, we’re going to move up and down fast, but eventually the game is going to slow down.”
I’ll have full transcripts up from Jackson and Ellis and rest of Media Day later this afternoon, so check back for more details.
In the meantime, welcome to another season with the Warriors. It just doesn’t get any crazier than this, does it?
14 Responses to “Media Day, 2009: What better time to jump start 48minutes.net?”
Nuck Chorris September 28th, 2009 at 2:30 pm
You were missed!
one of the last ones standing September 28th, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Welcome back. Please keep up the good work and honest journalism.
They’re screwed (again) (still).
What a way to start the season. Start the count down clock on an Ellis/Jackson trade. Maybe they’ll get someone worthwhile back in trade. It sounds like they don’t want to be warriors.
Good to see you writing here again, Geoff.
Just another sad day in the life of the Cohan/Rowell era. On one hand I’m glad some of this stuff is coming out because it shows to even more people how inept the front office is, but Ellis and Jackson using this as their platform is not the best way to go about it if they’re unhappy. I’m sure the team is going to either try to patch things up or move them, but good luck on either of those paths.
It’s all further proof that things will be bad as long as Cohan and Rowell are there. They took a good thing after the series with Dallas and banked on the fact interest was at an all-time high and so were season ticket purchases, looked at the dollar signs in front of them and figured they did all they needed to keep the arena full. That’s their priority, not winning.
J Canseco September 28th, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Welcome back. This seems beyond the usual Warriors drama/mess. This seems really, really bad.
Welcome Back!! As an EX-season ticket holder I can’t blame ANY warrior player for wanting to leave this horrible franchise.
This is a great day. Thanks for being back, Geoff.
Franklin Meuli's Hat September 28th, 2009 at 3:45 pm
Is there any sense, at all, that Rowell understands what a laughing stock he is? Does he continue to walk around acting like he’s a competent front office guy?
Are there universal smirks and giggles behind his back when he struts around the gym in his wing-tips?
Is there any truth at all to the fantasy that Cohan could be interested in selling this team and liberating long-suffering Bay Area basketball fans?
Thanks for the good reporting, as usual.
Good to see you back Geoff. Looking forward to reading your insight this season. Best beat writer we got.
derezee September 28th, 2009 at 9:19 pm
god bless Geoff Lepper. i knew i was right to avoid cleaning up my “favorites” folder.
JustPuked September 28th, 2009 at 11:36 pm
Welcome back Carter!
CazzieRussell September 29th, 2009 at 8:39 am
Welcome back! Now do you suppose you could get an interview with Bobby?
Welcome back. Where did you go. You web site must have had thousands of hits as I used it daily to get to other sites.
It is nice to have you as a source.
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