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Q&A: Tim Kawakami (Mercury News) :: 2009-2010 Golden State Warriors Preseason (Part 4 of 4)

Before we get to this last installment let's rewind the tape a bit:

  • Part 1: Don Nelson, Monta Ellis, and Stephen Jackson Drama plus the Nellie-Monta- Stephen Curry triangle 
  • Part 2: Brandan Wright, Andris Biedrins, and Chris Mullin
  • Part 3: Robert Rowell's incompetence and the shopping on Andris Biedrins who my colleague Adam called The Forgotten Warrior


[Tim Kawakami's Blog]

Jump for some thoughts on all of the expiring contracts the Warriors have amassed and a dysfunction square-off between the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Raiders (see Silver and Black Pride for more on The Black Hole).

Golden State of Mind: This past offseason the Warriors (to their credit) managed to collect a bunch of potentially valuable expiring contracts (Speedy Claxton- $5.2 million, Acie Law- $2.2 million, Devean George- $1.6 million, Mikki Moore- $1.3 million, C.J. Watson- $1 million, and as of writing Brandan Wright- $2.7 million). How much demand is there around the league for this collection of expiring contracts via trade? Will the Warriors actually use them as trade chips to make a big impact trade or will they just let them come off the books to save owner Chris Cohan some money? What's your prediction?

Tim Kawakami: There's some money there. A lot of possibilities. But unless the Warriors can land a Chris Bosh/Stoudemire type, a real difference-maker, I don't see them packaging up all those expiring contracts and upgrading the talent. Instead, I think they'll let most of those deals expire because they're going to want the cap relief in the face of all those long-term deals on the books.

Last I checked, only Orlando and the Lakers--the two NBA finalists last summer--had more long-term money on the books than the Warriors. Who were not in the NBA finals. That's a staggering combination: Bad team, terrible long-term money. As long as Chris Cohan is struggling financially, he's going to want to lose chunks out of the payroll.


Golden State of Mind: There's no one more qualified than you to answer this question and have "a great time out" with it. Which front office on Hegenberger Road is more dysfunctional and clueless- the Oakland Raiders or the Golden State Warriors?

Tim Kawakami: You're not the first one to ask that! It is incredibly coincidental that two popular franchises losing their minds--and losing tons of games--both play home games within the same sports complex, and every time I jump in my car and head over there, it strikes me, too.

I've got to say that the Raiders, because they have so much championship and Hall of Fame history, are the sadder situation because it's just one formerly great sports executive who is angry at the world and ruining his team along the way. It's a simple equation there: Al Davis has run every credible person out of there, and now it's only him there, raging in the dark. Very sad, because he's a hugely important figure in the history of sports.

The Warriors are the more classically dysfunctional because there's more than one ill cause, and all the causes pull against each other, creating random chaos.

They've got five or six separate power sources, all plotting against each other, or trying to join together to plot against somebody else, or misleading each other, or misleading the public, or misleading their players. Don Nelson, Robert Rowell, Chris Cohan, Larry Riley, the players...

That's group immolation. It's sad, too, because they have tremendous fans and have had some very good players run through there. But the power sources can't keep it together because they're too busy playing politics and trying to cover their own butts.


All of us at the GSoM fam wanted to thank for his continued support. Make sure to bookmark Tim's blog for all the latest on the zany state of Bay Area sports.

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