The Warriors Morning Report: Somebody sing me a verse of “The Ballad Of Raja Bell,” will you?
By Geoff Lepper
Your daily guided tour through the national and local media coverage of the always-entertaining Golden State Warriors.
Contra Costa Times (Marcus Thompson II): Eons from now, when they sing songs of the Warriors’ greatness in Valhalla, “The Ballad Of Raja Bell” will ring forth and be heard.
(Of course, that’s not going to help Golden State in the here and now, as Bell is still set to undergo wrist surgery that probably, knowing this club’s luck, will cost him the rest of his season.)
Also: Ronny Turiaf’s bad knee would be in great shape if only the NBA were played on a straight line, kind of like this game.
San Francisco Chronicle (Rusty Simmons): Everybody feels good about losing because they’re close losses. We’ll see how long that lasts.
NBA.com (Couper Moorhead): Kevin Garnett tries his hand at creating his own Yogism: “Nellieball is something different. It’s always been effective when it worked.”
Talking Points/San Jose Mercury News (Tim Kawakami): All kinds of possibilities for where Monta Ellis might end up, if the Warriors were to follow through on trading him. Too bad none of the ideas (outside of Rudy Gay) are really any good.
Fast Break/San Jose Mercury News (Adam Lauridsen): I’m not sure I totally agree with Adam’s assessment of what went wrong with the small lineup against the Celtics, but I’m never going to argue with the notion that playing Corey Maggette at the 4 is a bad thing.
Warriorsworld.net/Examiner.com (Ray Yocke): “We’re not far from the day when Golden State will have to worry about players defecting on road trips, fleeing the team hotel in the dead of night like Cuban baseball players.”
Inside The Warriors/Contra Costa Times (Marcus Thompson II): I’ll give Stephen Curry credit, he didn’t take the easy way out from his six-turnover game and blame the sore wrist.
Golden State Warriors/San Francisco Chronicle (Rusty Simmons): Anthony Morrow has got to get busy scheduling all these exhibitions. First, he challenged Reggie Miller to a 3-point shooting contest (which Reggie happily accepted). Now, Don Nelson is trying to promote a Morrow-Ray Allen matchup in HORSE.
Warriors Wire/Santa Rosa Press Democrat (Jared Cowley): “There’s really no shame in this loss. None at all.”
I just can’t agree with that sentiment in the least. By every defensive metric, this was a poor game. And there’s very little reason to think that will change.
Nets Are Scorching (Sebastian Pruiti): Speaking of bad defense … a step-by-step breakdown of how the Warriors failed to stop Brandon Jennings.
KNBR (Tom Tolbert): Ray Ratto: “This transcends just Chrissy and Li’l Bobby. This is a towering monument to one franchise’s inability to get anything right.”
That Ray, I’m afraid he went and gave me the vapors.
Warriors.com: Highlights from the source.
4 Responses to “The Warriors Morning Report: Somebody sing me a verse of “The Ballad Of Raja Bell,” will you?”
commish November 19th, 2009 at 6:43 pm
Geoff, do we have any rights regarding Bell and signing him next year? What do you think he is worth–the MLE? He will be 34.
Geoff Lepper November 19th, 2009 at 7:58 pm
@commish: Bell well be a UFA. Only guys on first-round rookie deals or with three years or less of NBA experience (see C.J. Watson) are accorded RFA status.
As for Bell, I find it hard to believe the market will bear a full MLE deal for a 34-year-old, given how much they’re expecting BRI to drop this season. And if his surgery requires a season-ending fix, what little leverage he might have had is gone completely.
commish November 19th, 2009 at 10:11 pm
That’s what I thought. Humm, seems like someone the Dubs would want and could really use. Maybe he’ll stick around for the right price. We can always use another PF.
SInce this post on Bell, Ellis shuts down ROY and our only front court player who can match up with Oden is a hardship signing, C Hunter. At least until WJ overcomes the flu.
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