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OPEN THREAD: Warriors Elect Not To Renew Chris Mullin's Contract; Promote Larry Riley To GM

The Warriors finally make the move that has been rumored for a long time now. Mullin won't be fired, his contract just won't be renewed. In to take his place is Nellie's guy, Larry Riley.

One other thing: There hasn't been nearly enough made of how screwed up the Warriors are right now....

One other thing: There hasn't been nearly enough made of how screwed up the Warriors are right now. Their front office and ownership situation is a world-class mess. Their coach has been in "I'm Keith Hernandez" Mode since the 2007 Dallas upset and looks like he's actively trying to get fired. They have two young players everyone loves -- Randolph and Monta Ellis -- only they've been antagonized to the degree that it might affect them long-term. In Randolph's case, how can a lottery team not play a talent like Randolph 35 minutes a game? What the hell is going on here??? For some reason, the only media member who seems to care is Tim Kawakami. I don't get it. If I were a Warriors fan, I would be organizing protests outside the arena complaining about Randolph's playing time. It's insane. Imagine if Chicago was 16-50 and played Derrick Rose 10 minutes a game. Would you think that was weird? You would, right? Welcome to Anthony Randolph's world. This is the single weirdest subplot of the 2008-09 season, narrowly edging Zaza Pachulia's bacne.

In Simmons's latest mailbag, key paragraph below. He has glowing things to say about Anthony Randolph (as he should), but takes time out to crush Rowell, Cohan and Nellie:
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Simmons Weighs In On The Warriors & Randolph

In his latest mailbag, key paragraph below. He has glowing things to say about Anthony Randolph (as he should), but takes time out to crush Rowell, Cohan and Nellie: One other thing: There hasn't...

"But for the life of me, I can't imagine why someone would want to own an NBA team if he cared mo...

"But for the life of me, I can't imagine why someone would want to own an NBA team if he cared more about breaking even than winning a championship. What's the point? Why not sell to someone who cares more about a title? Like so many other NBA fans, I have a pipe dream of stumbling into enough wealth to own an NBA team some day. It will never happen, but really, it's my ultimate pipe dream other than my daughter turning into a world-class tennis player and me turning into one of those deranged Tennis Dads who shows up for every match flashing hand signals and intimidating the judges. Anyway, if I were fortunate enough to own an NBA team, I would never, ever, EVER favor my pockets over a chance at a title. I just wouldn't. It's like going to Vegas for a guy's weekend and refusing to lose more than $100. Why even go then? Just stay home."-- Bill Simmons [ESPN]

A requiem for the S.S.O.L. Era in Phoenix
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