Take it back to this time one year ago....
Word that the Warriors were for sale just sprung, and everyone was ecstatic. The Larry Ellison campaign began, and we all thought the Warriors were saved and destined to be a Western Conference powerhouse.
Then Lacob came along, got together some partners, and snatched the dubs from right under Ellison's nose. Everyone was confused and not sure what to think, but then we heard the man speak of "winning basketball" and "making the Warriors a force to be reckoned with."
False hopes? Surely not.
Remember the summer? Lacob was swift to relieve Nelson and the 6 million owed to him, and traded for Lee. Warriors fans went ballistic, playoff hopes skyrocketed, and everyone thought the Warriors were the 5 or 6th best team in the conference.
Halfway through the season, we see that the Warriors are just a lower level of mediocrity and everyone expected use of the expirings to bring a difference maker in.
Fair assumption. Expirings are valuable, but with the CBA up in the air, their power was lessened. The deadline came and went, the Warriors made no major changes, and now everyone is calling for Lacob's head.
Let's take a step back here. Now we're not GM's, so we don't know what kinds of deals were floating around. So lets use what we know of the two players traded on the deadline that fit the Warriors' needs to see if the Dubs could have done anything to make the team better.
- Gerald Wallace - Traded for 2 FIRST ROUND picks, 2 centers, and 1 PF. The Warriors could make no where near to what the Blazers offered without losing the core and/or our 2 good bench players (Williams and Udoh.) Sure, we could have given up Steph (not Monta, because the Bobcats wanted to shed salary.) But is that really what we would have wanted? Monta at the point, Wright at the 2 and GW at the 3? We've seen Monta attempt to play the 1 before and it just does not work. He is an off-ball 2 guard and will forever remain so. So that deal is squashed
- Kendrick Perkins - Traded for Krstic, Green, AND a First round pick. Again, the warriors lack the talent (player wise) and draft pick to pull this deal off. The closest we could have come to this deal without it heavily favoring Boston would be Beans and Udoh... If you're the Celtics GM, which deal would YOU take?... Exactly.
We have to realize that these kinds of things aren't one sided. Lacob can't say, "I'm giving you Vlad and Gadz and you're gonna give me Perkins." We have to look at it from the other teams perspective as well. The Bobcats and Celtics took the best deal they could get and the best deal was not made by the Warrior's, plain and simple. Is that Lacob's fault? Absolutely not. He simply did not have the means, be it with picks or players, to interest other teams and convince them to do the swaps.
So relax, and give the man some time... Rome wasn't built in a day. ;)