So Deron ends up in NJ and it seems like a lot of warrior fans are furious calling the new owners cohan surrogates, Riley an idiot, and Smart destined for the path Singletary followed.
Didn't lacob say he plans to turn things around slowly? Who expected the warriors to be contenders this quick this soon? They've already matched last season's win total and many are still impatient. I know a lot of us have been patient for the past 20 years, but we can't expect the Warriors to be instant contenders like the Celtics did when they united KG and Ray w/ Pierce because superstars don't want to come to Oakland.
First off, the knicks were a mess just a few years ago when Zeke was their GM, but they've been able to turn it around because players, like Melo and Amare, actually want to come to that franchise. The warriors and new owners need to make their franchise more attractive to superstars rather than scaring them away like they did by dismantling 'We Believe'.
Second off, if Dwill didn't get traded to NJ today, would this many people still be bitter? Just last week, Steph Curry and Larry Riley said they were fine standing pat because the team is making improvements. Larry even said that he'd only make a trade if it would benefit the team. Now I don't think a 2nd round draft pick is going to do much, but it's better than getting nothing for Brandan Wright (Who seems to be in Smart's doghouse) and Gadzuric, who made me cringe every time he got the ball. I still don't understand the buyout of Troy Murphy's contract unless it's to free up salary cap space to trade for someone else. If they don't buy him out, they can always use him as trade bait too.
With our 2012 1st round pick going to NJ (protected in top 7), any extra draft pick can help. It won't be easy, but that pick can very well be the next Monta Ellis, Carlos Boozer, Gilbert Arenas, or even Manu Ginobli. I don't expect the Nets to improve that much w/ Deron so their 2nd rounder will still be somewhere in the earlier part of the 2nd round.
And lastly, of course everyone wants Rowell fired, but I think Lacob and Gruber are making the right choice by keeping him around for one season to keep track of what he's doing wrong and ensure we don't hire anyone that repeats his mistakes. I think it's unwise to make rash decisions, blow everything up, and tear down the regime without having a plan first. What difference can a GM make midseason anyways? I expect Rowell, Riley, and Smart to get fired at the end of this season and I'm hoping the dubs hire their former PG and former Blazer GM, Kevin Pritchard (The same guy who got Brandon Roy for Randy Foye) and either Larry Brown or Eric Spoelstra (After the Heat fail to win a championship this season).
Sorry for being so optimistic but pessimism does nothing to help the franchise move in the right direction.