Originally posted Aug 29, 2009 10:16 AM PDT
Look at it from his perspective:
- Great big 2007 playoff run. We Believe. That team never had a chance to play a full season together.
- Trade a key piece of the team, JRich, for BWright (so far a bust) and an unused trade exception, money that goes straight into Mr. Cohan's pockets
- One of his good friends on the team, Baron Davis, doesn't get a contract extension after literally putting this franchise back on the map. So he's gone from the team.
- Another of his close friends on the team, Al Harrington, has been so unhappy with how he's treated, that he demands a trade. Wish granted, he's gone.
- Chris Mullin, the guy who believed in Jax enough to trade for him, was essentially fired.
- He has to play 100 minutes per game because the players on the bench aren't good enough to give him a breather. Why would he want to continue to play on a team of developing players? Actually, why do we want to watch a team full of developing players?
- The team made no significant move this offseason to improve the team. Drafting a rookie, does not count. Having Monta stay off 2 wheeled motorized vehicles for an entire summer (almost there), does not count either.
So, I ask you, why would he want to stick around? Is it really that surprising?
Cohan and Rowell deserve it. They got fooled, badly. Jax got them to give him a big, fat contract extension that he would never have got from any other franchise. No other franchise would have come close to those dollars and that length. Now they're stuck with a trade demand from the guy who they thought could lead this team to glory.
The fans, we get screwed. The fans are always the last ones anyone cares about. The players don't ever stick around because of the fans. The owners never do anything for the fans. In both cases, it's always about making money. They have a lot, we don't.
This trade demand will not turn out well for the Warriors. How could it? A lengthy, expensive contract will only get you a lengthy, expensive contract back in return. Riley, have fun with that one.
You know who's laughing?
And hopefully Mickael Pietrus just because I want to imagine him laughing. He's got to have a funny laugh, I have this image in my head of him laughing like the Count on Sesame Street - Ah Ah Ah
And you thought the Warriors offseason was boring. It's a great time out.