First off, as soon as the season is done, hire Jeff Van Gundy and move Smart back to the asst coach position (if he takes it). Look, I know there's been a lot of disagreement between fans on whether or not to keep Smart as the head coach for next season, and the Smart fans have increased after we recently beat the blazers and the lakers but the bottom line is you cannot base an entire season on a few games, we have been outcoached many times during the season, the rotations keep changing from game to game. Smart is a player's coach, agreed, he's good with the players, great communication and he could possibly be a great coach in the future. The thing is we just don't have the patience to wait for him to develop, plain and simple. Lacob needs to get this team to the playoffs next season, his image and credibility depend on it. We need a coach that would bring experience, not a coach that would experiment things for the first time. Bring Jeff Van Gundy on board as soon as possible so he can start giving his input on the roster: who to keep and who to let go, start his scouting, help with the offseason trades/signings.
Second, the obvious one. Get a Center !!! There are 3 of them that I would love seeing with the Warriors, Deandre Jordan, Nene and Tyson Chandler. All 3 of them seems like they're gonna get paid next season and not quite sure if Warriors got enough money to sign them but the $7 million that the Warriors will have might be able to get us Jordan or Chandler, maybe if we can somehow convince the Mavs for a sign and trade involving Biedrins, Warriors would be in great shape. And Mavs could possibly use Biedrins as a backup C behind Haywood, who knows....
Third, keep the backcourt together. There is no reason to mess up one of the good things the Warriors actually have. The argument is that a small backcourt can't win a championship, this might be true or might not be true, we don't know yet. But it's definitely a good enough backcourt to get us in the playoffs so that's the step we need to go through, we improve the team around this backcourt, we make it to the playoffs, then we evaluate if this backcourt could take us to the next level. We're not just gonna become a championship contender overnight so let's go through this process the right way, which is keep this backcourt, improve the help defense and see what we have.
Fourth, add a 3rd guard. I think everyone expects Riley to get an elite backup PG, that would be great but I also wouldn't mind seeing the 3rd guard being J Rich, maybe I'm just emotionally attach to how he was with the Warriors but having J Rich come off the bench and sharing minutes with Steph and Monta would solidify our backcourt a whole lot. Now the problem in this point is the money, not really expecting J Rich to take the MLE and agree to take a lesser role but I think after all the teams he played for, J Rich still sees the Bay Area as his home, he has a house here, the GS fans never stopped rooting for him, I don't know, it might be a possibility. I was also at the Warriors vs Magic pre-game warmups and Riley was talking to Richardson, it looked like Riley was saying something like "When will we see you with golden state again?" J Rich smiled, shrugged his shoulders and said "Whenever you want me to"
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