There's a great supplement to this Q&A that Tim posted earlier today on his blog: The Monta Ellis Situation: It’s not about Curry, it’s about the Warriors’ non-trade on draft night
- "Captains" Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis didn't seem to mind young Warriors bigs Andris Biedrins and Brandan Wright (and for that matter guard Marco Belinelli) being shipped out for Amare Stoudemire.
- Amare didn't seem overjoyed on the thought of playing with "Captains" Jack and Monta- neither of these guys look to be great recruiters.
Make sure to check out Part 1 of our ongoing Q&A if you haven't already.
Golden State of Mind: We heard a lot from Stephen Jackson, Monta Ellis, and a little bit from Stephen Curry (mostly in response to Ellis saying they couldn't play together) via the media. But what about the other guys on this team? Is there anything interesting, noteworthy, or telling that any of the other players said so far in training camp?
Tim Kawakami: You sent me the questions before the Brandan Wright injury, which is a terrible one for him, just when he was legitimately opening up the Warriors' eyes. So he's a development two ways now: First as a guy coming into his own at the very least as a Warriors rotation player behind Randolph and maybe as someone other teams would want in a trade.
I think another issue is Andris Biedrins--he's another guy Don Nelson wouldn't mind moving. Andris is never going to go public with a beef, but how are these minutes going to be parceled at the 5/4 spot with Biedrins, Turiaf, Randolph, Maggette and Devean George? I wonder...
Golden State of Mind: Former front office executive Chris Mullin is the chief architect of the current Warriors roster and convinced Nelson to come on board late in the summer of 2006. This is a roster that very few believe will even qualify for the playoffs this season in a league where over half of the teams play beyond the regular season. How much blame if any would you assign to Mullin for the Warriors current mess?
Tim Kawakami: Not surprisingly, I don't blame Mullin for much, other than for playing into Nelson's strengths--of which there are many--and then not being able to counter-move when Nelson began his natural lust for more power, which convinced Rowell to rid himself of Mullin.
Mullin didn't re-sign Jackson, and in fact had a deal tentatively in place to trade Jackson for Tayshaun Prince. Mullin didn't lose Baron Davis, and in fact had a deal tentatively in place to keep him for three more years ( plus last year).
Mullin drafted Randolph, Biedrins, Ellis and Wright. He's partly to blame (along with Rowell) for the Maggette signing, and for giving Ellis and Biedrins those huge deals, but Mullin always believed in keeping the talent you've got, because you'll almost always be able to move it if you have to.
He did that with Dunleavy and Murphy. Mullin and Nelson got this team to the playoffs in 2007 and to 48 victories in 2008. Then Mullin wasn't politically sneaky enough to protect against Nelson and Rowell gunning to take all credit and all power, which caused a seismic sense of frustration with the players.
I don't see how the current capped-out bundle of unhappy players is Mullin's fault.
Keep it locked for parts 3 and 4!