(thanks Tony.psd!!!! Great art my man!!)
Pretty interesting article of a Riley interview
On the expectations of the new owners:
Mr. Lacob has been very good to deal with. He has been very realistic as far as we’re concerned on the basketball side of things. While I think he embraces the idea of getting to the Playoffs and I know he wants a winner, I don’t expect him to be unrealistic. And I do appreciate that he wants to be in the Playoffs right away. I do too. And so do our coaches and so do our players. But I don’t set unrealistic expectations.
Dear fans, posters, trolls, and lurkers,
Really the reason I wanted to post this here is because I feel like we are losing perspective.
Here at GSOM, we are not just Warriors fans, but we are the die-hardiest of Warriors fans. While we all come from different perspectives, I think we all agree on one thing, the Warriros should work towards becoming an elite team. Not decent, not borderline playoff-worthy. Elite.
Through all the turmoil and plain suckiness of the the last decade or so, we have always been looking for the new regime to emerge. And finally, here it is. And so far, it aint that pretty.
The Warriors are now 8-12, about a quarter of the way through the season. Gets us to about 32-48 at the end of the year.
On the plus side, if we suck enough, maybe we get to keep our first-round pick!
With our new ownership group, the Warriors have been given a new lease on life. New team philosophy, colors, faces, pre-game intro, break-dancing dudes...Lacob and his group have come in and said that they will not be making any rash decisions. Will take time to evaluate not just what we have on the books, but where we want to go as a franchise. What this means is that we may not want any new contracts that go out beyond this year (unless the trade is really and truly a no-brainer)
There's more after the jump if you like, but I hope that reading this has perked you up a little bit. Reminded you that you cannot transform from bottom-tier to upper echelon in one season. And as we discuss trades, players, coaches, management, let's try and remember that our goal is not in fact to fight for the 8th seed. One more year of missing the playoffs is exactly the kind of bitter medicine that we may be forced to swallow if we are seriously looking to ever break out of this cycle of loserdom
But don't worry, there is in fact a plan
we have positioned ourselves well with the salary cap, which means that we can take one more step at some point to add to the team. Then you have the Draft. So in theory, there could be two good pieces coming into our team in the following year. Or it could happen in February, and then we acquire another player in the summer.
On the Warriors owning three expiring contracts totaling more than $17.5 million, as well as Charlie Bell’s contract, which expires next year at $4 million — putting the team in a strong position for midseason trades:
That was part of what we wanted to do. The initial moves we made were to position ourselves better in regards to the salary cap. There weren’t many basketball moves. This summer, we had gotten ourselves into a good position salary cap-wise, and it was time to acquire some basketball players. We were able to accomplish two things: We changed the team over, we are better. And we have positioned ourselves well with the salary cap, which means that we can take one more step at some point to add to the team. Then you have the Draft. So in theory, there could be two good pieces coming into our team in the following year. Or it could happen in February, and then we acquire another player in the summer.
Look at the timeframe that Riley is talking about in the quote above. This should be refreshing, not frustrating.
Yes, I want Iggy...hell, I'd even settle for geting rid of VladRad. But what I don't want to see is some sort of knee-jerk trade that brings back a contract like Elton Brand's. I think it is safe to say that we probably wont see something like that from the new ownership group.
I'm no b-ball expert, but I have been paying enough attention to know that proper management of the salary cap is what seperates out teams like Utah and San Antonio from the teams like the Raptors and Bobcats.
If there was a short-term trade that clearly improved us greatly, I would say take it. But most of what we discuss here on the site (and see in the media) are trades that might improve the team, but still leave the Dubs with glaring holes which would need to be addressed eventually anyways.
As we all endure watching these painful and ugly losses (and I am beginning to think they are going to pile up again this year) I hope that we can remember that our eyes should be set on the future. If our offensive sets suck this year, it's ok, because that tells us that we either need a new coach next year, or a new system (maybe both).
But this pain is not without purpose. We shouldn't rush to overpay, give away any of our key players, or make short-sighted roster moves.