Upon further review, I have to say I’m revising my opinion; Monta Ellis CAN be an All-Star. But to get there, he can’t have Trady McGrady lose. He has to have McGrady win.
Nov21Filed under: The Wrapup; Tagged as: Andre Miller, Andris Biedrins, Anthony Morrow, Baron Davis, Brandon Roy, Chris Hunter, Corey Maggette, Devean George, Don Nelson, Greg Oden, Jerryd Bayless, LaMarcus Aldridge, LeBron James, Mike Montgomery, Monta Ellis, Paul Pierce, Ronny Turiaf, Speedy Claxton, Stephen Curry, Stephen Jackson, Steve Blake, Vladimir Radmanovic
By Geoff Lepper
I have to admit, I didn’t think much of all the praise being lavished upon the Warriors in the wake of their two “close” defeats in Cleveland and Boston earlier this week. I thought the only things missing from all the happy chatter were some freshly-sectioned oranges and homemade Rice Krispie treats, because it all had that air of youth-soccerdom: Good job, way to go, you tried hard and that’s what matters.
By Geoff Lepper
Your daily guided tour through the national and local media coverage of the always-entertaining Golden State Warriors.
San Francisco Chronicle (Rusty Simmons): Not much different than his earlier blog post immediately after the Ellis-Nelson confrontation. Apparently, Ellis didn’t get his ankles taped at the hotel, and therefore missed the start of practice, drawing Nelson’s ire. Or some such thing.
Contra Costa Times (Marcus Thompson II): More from the RSC. The money quote for me is the last one, where Nelson tries to absolve himself of all blame: “If you want to be any good, you’ve got to have good chemistry. … The coach can help when the players are willing.”
New York Post (Peter Vecsey): Mostly, it’s a column about Byron Scott’s ouster in New Orleans, but it includes this hilarious quote from Al Harrington: “Had I stayed with the Warriors any longer I felt for sure (Nelson) would have ended my NBA career.” Yikes.
(A Byron Scott aside: Did you see Baron Davis’ Tweet about the coach he battled with repeatedly before finally getting traded to Golden State? “B. Scott got fired… Sad to see that happen! Good Coach!” Talk about your BS for B.S.)
Oct29Filed under: Commentary; Tagged as: Anthony Morrow, Anthony Randolph, Antonio Daniels, Baron Davis, Brandan Wright, Charles Barkley, Corey Maggette, Don Nelson, Jamario Moon, Kelenna Azubuike, Lenny Wilkens, Mike Montgomery, Monta Ellis, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Shaquille O'Neal, Stephen Jackson, Zydrunas Ilgauskas
By Geoff Lepper
With tipoff hours away, I’m not going to do game-by-game predictions for how the 2009-10 Warriors will fare. Engaging in that kind of activity is almost as useless as waiting for the Bay Bridge to open.
Besides, I already went on the record last week on Comcast Bay Area’s “Chronicle Live” with my prediction for the Warriors: 34-48, picked not coincidentally because it matches Mike Montgomery’s record in both his seasons with Golden State.
(Isn’t it funny that Monty was brought in to teach the young kids, then Baron Davis was added to the mix, costing Monty his authority, and now that BD is gone, the Warriors, once again, are in need of someone to nurture youthful players? It’s the circle of GSW Life!)
I could see the Warriors pushing that to 36 or 37 wins, but I think the best they can do is to hold off the Clippers and Oklahoma City (sorry, Chuckles!) for the No. 9 spot in the Western Conference.
On the plus side: We’ll all get to celebrate Don Nelson amassing more coaching victories than Lenny Wilkens. Yay!
Damn you, Twitter, damn you. If athletes are going to keep breaking their own injury news, what’s left to help a poor Web journalist pump up their page views?
In any case, it looks (thanks to Twitter) like C.J. Watson suffered a knee injury of unknown severity in the early practice on Tuesday and is going to see a doctor about it this morning.
quietstorm_32 (C.J. Watson): 1st of the 2a days down wasn’t bad more learning then nething hurt my knee lil hope its nutn off for a nap til the next 1 in a couple hours
quietstorm_32 (C.J. Watson): the knee is still kind of sore and n pain hurt it this morning n the 1st practice goin2 see the doc n the morning hopefully its nutn serious
quietstorm_32 (C.J. Watson): and i can get bak on the court sooner then later cuz watching is killing me makes me want to get bak out there even worse
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