Well it's a good thing the season finale wasn't televised. Only this unclutch Warriors squad (3-6 in the final month of the season) could lose to the worst team in the Wild Wild West on the last game of the season at home on Fan Appreciation Night.
Nellie's too old and accomplished to be wasting his time with this sorry front office and cheap owner and so are we.
Thank god it was all MEANINGLESS. Make a meaningful jump!
In this week's Counting W's segment on The W Column for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area here's what I wrote about this game:
There's no reason at all why the Warriors should drop this one to the worst team in the West at home in front of the We Believers on the last day of the season. None.
And here's what I wrote in the preview:
As for the actual game against the SEATTLE SuperSonics (S.O.S.), well it's completely meaningless. Monta Ellis could go 1 for 20 and it means nothing. Marco Belinelli could duplicate his fool's gold summer league game and go off for 37 points again. It still means nothing. Absolutely nothing.
- Kevin Durant is going to be a superstar. Man this guy looked smooth. Imagine Brandan Wright with silky smooth handles, a sweet jumper, and more fire. All-Star in 2-3 seasons guaranteed.
- Jeff Green is going to be very, very good. He was absolutely killing the nonexistent Warriors D in the first half. His handles looked pretty good and he exploded to the rim several times. His behind the back pass in the low post was CWebb-esque.
- Marco Belinelli's a nice shooter when he sets his feat and gets a good look. Too bad he has the worst shot selection I've ever seen since Antoine Walker and doesn't have a clue on defense. Fantasy Junkie caught Belinelli trying to crash for an offensive rebound from the top of the key when he was the last line of defense. He looked utterly lost on a backdoor cut from his man too. I can't say I understand why the crowd goes nuts every time he comes in the game. It's just disrespectful to a guy like Kelenna Azubuike who worked hard for his minutes this season, outplayed Belinelli since the Summer League (but got next to no attention), and beat him for a backup spot all season long. Where's the love for Kaz?
- The Warriors D tonight, like most of the season, was similar to their 2008 Playoff run. Nonexistent. I know the game was MEANINGLESS, but their defensive effort was just atrocious. Let's just say the Warriors "big 3" of Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, and Stephen Jackson didn't win any votes for Defensive Player of the Year tonight.
- Andris Biedrins walked away with a nice gaudy stat line, but there's two things I'll remember from this game all offseason. When a Sonic wingman was driving to the hole (unguarded of course) Biedrins tried to slide underneath him late and take a charge which was rightfully whistled for a blocking foul. Biedrins had a nice look at the basket and instead of forcefully dunking over a smaller Sonic, elected to fade away and miss an easy 2 inches away from the bucket. Like the rest of this team in the final stretch. Soft.
- Patrick O'Bryant and Brandan Wright looked sharp in those suits!
- Props to the crowd tonight. They were loud and really into it. I was pleasantly surprised. The entire arena stood up for the last 2 minutes of the game rooting on the Dubs. That's luv.
Here's my take on the Sonics and Seattle situation. You have a passionate hoops fan base that's getting played. The city already used public money to renovate the stadium in the mid 90's. Now some greedy billionaire owners are complaining that the taxpayers won't shell out their own hard earned dollars to help them build more corporate (read: less than casual fans) targeted luxury boxes so they can get richer. You know there are more important things in this world than continuing to line up billionaire's pockets with more green like improving public school education, public transportation, pollution, and other other public services. Disgusting. Capitalism and fan exploitation at it's worst. Let's hope Warriors owner Chris Cohan is at least classy enough not to go that route in a few years.
By the way Howard Schultz- nice little publicity stunt. Too bad you're probably going to lose the case and your efforts seem just a little bit disingenuous seeing as how you sold the team to a group of Oklahoma City investors in the first place.
- Why Warriors Fans Should Care about the Sonics (xacto)
Save the Sonics, and Your Team [Fast Break]
- Save Our Sonics
- Save the Sonics! Rock the NBA Board of Governors vote! [Ball Don't Lie]
Legal experts call Schultz suit a long shot [Seattle PI]
Stern's trash talk stinks, but pros could teach him a lesson [Seattle Times]
There's plenty of more good stuff out there on S.O.S., so please drop links in the FanShots or in the comments section of this post. This is a big deal and if this goes down it could easily happen to any NBA fan community. No one is safe.
To get the offseason rolling I'm going to drop the first edition of what should be a semi-regular segment titled the Golden 5. Post any requests for the segment in the comments. A few of the topics in consideration:
- Biggest Offseason Questions
- Reasons to Look Forward to Draft Day 2008
- Warriors Front Office Blunders of 2007-2008
Golden 5: 2k7-2k8 Golden State Warriors were Unstoppable Baby!
Stephen Jackson Basketball Court Unveilved At Omega Boys Club In San Francisco
- The Stephen Jackson/ John Legend Show Me Campaign
- Season of Giving
Warriors 123, Wizards 115 - Messed around and got a triple double
Warriors 100, 76ers 98: And his name is ... Azubuike!
Warriors 129, Suns 114 - Welcome back Jack!
Warriors 120, Heat 113: And his name is ... Azubuike (Part II)!
Warriors 96, Spurs 84 - Dunkin' without Duncan
Warriors 108, Lakers 106: The Groin That Saved Us!
Warriors 105, Nuggets 95 - DOUBLE TEAM!
Warriors 130, Spurs 121 - Can You Stand the Rain?
Warriors 121, Nets 119 - An Emotional Rollercoaster
Warriors 116, Hornets 103 - WE END STREAKS!
Warriors 120, Wizards 117 - Drama Kings
Warriors 120, Suns 118 - Rising Son!
Warriors 119, Celtics 117 - The Shot Heard 'Round The World
Warriors 115, Lakers 111: Forcefully Clutch.
Success is not in the trophy won, but in the race run.
Signing off on 2k7-2k8!