Blog Buddy: SLC Dunk
Sorry guys, I haven't been able to get to a computer to write this up until now. I know it's getting close to tip-off, and y'all are ready to get your game thread on, so I'll keep this short and sweet. Jump for some quick thoughts on a painful season.
For some reason this year has been particularly tough to swallow as a Warriors fan, and I'm just starting to realize why. This team has been bad for so long that I think most Warrior fans built up a little callus that helped us deal with all the losing. We kept our hopes high and our expectations low. It was really the only way to survive. Anyone who couldn't manage these mental and emotional gymnastics would simply have to move on to follow another team, or lose interest in pro hoops altogether.
In a sense, things were cruising along fine, until the rumors started to circulate that Chris Cohan, the man we had pinned all of our franchises failures on, might actually sell the team. This was the first sign of real hope that the Dubs fans had seen in quite some time. Not the false hope of a high draft pick that would later be squandered, or a trade for a borderline All-Star that was just not equipped to get us over the hump. This was a sign that we might actually see some lasting, and meaningful change in the way this franchise was managed. Frankly, by the time the sale went through, we were all so ready for change that we might not have noticed that nothing had really changed at all.
Let's face it, the timing of the sale was poor. The season was about to begin, and there wasn't really time for the new ownership to remake the franchise in their own image. So despite the new owners, new uniforms, new borderline All-Star, and new coach we are still in the same boat. If you walked into the Warriors offices you'd still find Riley, Rowell, and Smart walking around, just like you would have last year... or the year before. I'm sure we can all understand that there really wasn't much they could do, but even understanding that, I have to admit that this year of mediocrity just hurts more. We are ready for change.
Listen up Lacab, we deserve better. I know that there wasn't time to work miracles before the beginning of the season, but let the final buzzer of game 82 be your warning. The honeymoon will be over.