We don't need Jackson to have an exciting season.
The Dubs were pretty bad last year for a number of reasons. A few years ago, they were horrible and boring. This year, they might be horrible, but I will be watching with great interest.
Remember Mike Dunleavy? I've pretty much forgotten about him, personally. Remember Adonal Foyle? I don't. Remember Antawn Jamison? I don't recall very much. The Dubs have been horrible for a long time. To be honest, I stopped following them for a few years, not because they sucked but because they were boring. Boring is forgettable. I could only watch so many J-Rich jams, before that got old, too. When Nellie came back, and they got Jackson and Al Harrington, I was curious. When Baron was brought in, I was cautiously optimistic.
Watching the Dubs again, taking a chance on being let down, didn't disappoint. The spectacular starting combination of Baron Davis, Al Harrington, Andris Biedrins, Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson went on to the playoffs to smite down what was apparently the mightiest team in the league, favored to win the championship. The subsequent series against the Jazz had me on the edge of my seat for many of the games. What a ride! It reminded me of the days of Run DMC.
This coming season, we'll likely be relying upon "The Mississippi Bullet," Monta Ellis; Stephen "Kid" Curry, the Manhattan project, Anthony Randolph; the underrated Andris Biedrins; the scoring juggernaut Corey Maggette and the 3 pt. prowess of Anthony Morrow and Kelenna Azabuike. Some changes are likely coming. I am going to watch with concerns about our team. Will Curry perform? Will the high expectations on Randolph result in a let down? I can't say for sure. But it's a new season, and it's not going to be boring.
Last year, one of our biggest problems was not having a point guard. We have Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, now. Last year, Anthony Morrow gave us hope with the best shooting stroke in the league. He's only getting better. Last year, Anthony Randolph mesmerized us with his athleticism and inner fire. His play in Summer League and the muscle he's put on gives us even more reason to rest our hopes in a bright future on him.
This coming season is going to have disappointments, but it will not be dull. Our weaknesses from last year can be addressed, through trade and through Stephen Curry's and Anthony Randolph's development. Every hope we had last year for a great future can still be seen in Monta Ellis, Anthony Morrow and even in Brandan Wright. It's not going to be a "We Believe" year. It's going to be exciting, nonetheless. Win or lose, I will be watching and on the edge of my seat with anticipation of Randolph's next posterization, Morrow's new career high and Curry's first double double.
It's going to be riveting, win or lose. I won't miss Jackson, terribly, assuming he does go this year. We've still got an exciting team with or without. There is no uncertainty about that!