Why the hate? Look, the guy runs baseline to baseline every minute he's in, he's asked to play out of position at power forward and guard premier perimiter players. He increases the team speed and defensive rotation and he rebounds well for his size. He never takes a play off and is one of the only players on the team with a gnuine defensive mindset. Until this year, he was a fairly reliable threepoint shooter and had a good FG%. And he doesn't turn the ball over as much you think. His career plus-minus is good (and it roughly the same as fans'' darling Barnes' this year.) So why is it you know-it-alls think you can comment on his basketball IQ? Because...
There is always someone like that with Warrior fans. Someone who all armchair coaches feel is stupid and is responsible for losses. And because most of you are unoriginal, you'll just pile-on without looking closely at the game.
I remember when Warrior fans used to boo Tim Hardaway because they said he shot too much. Called him "Shootaway" during the games. Hardaway then bad mouthed the no-nothing hater Warrior fans. Timmy was an All-Star and he took crap from Warrior fans? Typical. Don't pretend you don't know about it. You know who you are. They sounded a lot like you Pietrus haters sound now.
Then there was Tyrone Hill. Hated like a mother-f... becuase he was a crude undersized center, a grinder and not a slick offenive player like the W's fans love. But Tyrone was a top-10 performer in rebound rate for us even though he was playing up a position (like Pietrus is now). By the way, Hill was all-star power forward after he left us for Cleveland. Wonder what happened? Prodcution per minute was the same...maybe he wasn't all that bad.
I've seen it a million times. The guys that Warriors fans get wood over -- Barnes, Azubuike, Tony Farmer, Brian Cardinal, David Wood, Keith Jennings. Man, I could fill A phone book with all the mediocre players that Warrior fans fall in love with. Suckers.
Warrior fans have always hated on the wrong guys. Maybe because they listened to Jim Barnett (who never played any defense when he was a player) and that blowhard Bob Fitzgerald (never even played basketball at all). Barett and Fitzgereald's drooling all over themsleves over Dunleavy for years should have exposed them as unquialified. Maybe fans they think they know it all because they, like all fans, like the sound of their own voice.
Listen, y'all, Nellie likes Pietrus, Van Gundy likes Pietrus, Riley likes Pietris, Scouts like Pietrus, the Laker announcers think Peitrus is good. But some idiot 12 year old with a computer in their mothers' house thinks he's a bonehead and everyone believes him. Whatever.