The Warriors defy the bad economy, the half-hearted reportage , and terrible, terrible basketball and sellout all the time. Insanely they are the East Bay's toughest ticket.
"That's about the only good thing I've done this year," Nelson said, "and I hope that will continue for (next season). Morale has been good. ... After a tough loss, we come together and have a pretty good practice, and everybody gets along."
A few minutes later, Monta Ellis finished shooting and came to the sideline. He must have left his happy face on the floor. In a tense 2 1/2 minutes, he contradicted pretty much everything Nelson and the Warriors had said about him over the last two weeks. The comments might have been the best defense Ellis has ever played.
It’s still tough to get over that last year we all watched a 48-win NBA team and now we’re watching one that might not win 30.
Forget about the circumstances. Those don’t matter anymore. What matters is how you get back to 48 wins, and maybe that's where some pessimism creeps in. Thing is, you can’t just assume that this is a one-year dip. I certainly don’t consider it a given that the Warriors will be a playoff team next year. Do you?
His days of playing 40 minutes a game are over. For his body, his hamstring, less minutes are important for him. We've got to get him consistently playing, so if he feels good tomorrow, we'll see how that goes.
He had one of his best years when he was a sixth man. He'll do whatever we need him to do, so it's no problem with him personally.