San Francisco’s professional basketball team probably made the best addition to any championship team ever, but will it succeed in the end?
It has been only two years since the Warriors lifted the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy in Cleveland, Ohio. The “Dubs” defeated two monsters in one series, their drought of championships since the 70’s and the best player in the world LeBron James. With this win came confidence, and an abundance of it. Following that season, Golden State attained a 73-9 win record with little tweaking of their well balanced roster, breaking a regular season record previously held by Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls. Even with this legendary season, the Warriors failed.
As the game changing baseball manager, Billy Beane once said, no one cares if you don’t win it all in the end. You can win your division, you can go all the way to game 7 of the finals, but if you can’t win it all, no one cares. Anything less than that trophy is a loss. Curry and company lost, they had an undeniably great season, without a follow up championship.
As the Cavaliers celebrated a win after for Ohio, Golden State went to the drawing board. Coming out of a summer making calls, and much negotiating, the Warriors acquire a top 5 talent in Kevin Durant and a handful of skillful role players with experience.
The NBA season starts in less than a month, and the question will still remain to be answered. Is this Warriors team possibly the greatest on paper NBA of all-time?
David West- West is coming off a mediocre season with an aging Spurs team averaging seven points a game, half as much as his average two years ago of 14 a game. For David, this season is his chance at a championship, something he has been chasing since he signed with Indiana in the 2010-2011 season. D-West will prove to be a decent pick and pop big man for the Oakland based team, but will his age play a unfortunate factor in that success?
Zaza Pachulia- Pachulia is one of the most over looked big men in the NBA today, unless you talk to a native of his home country Georgia. Zaza spent last season in Dallas where he averaged nearly a double-double a game as the Mavericks’ starting center. This season he looks to reprise that role with the Warriors. Pachulia not only has the skill to replace former center Andrew Bogut, who he was the successor of Milwauke, but he comes at a minuscule price of 2.9 mil a year. This contract makes him one of the biggest bargains of a free agency where an abundance of money was thrown.
Damian Jones (rookie)- At 21 years old, 7 footer Damian Jones boasts a decent 3 year stint at Vanderbilt, averaging 13 points a game along with 2 blocks and 6 rebounds for his career with Commodores. Jones has an eerily similar game to his alma matter acquaintance Festus Ezeli, who was an important piece of Golden State Warriors championship puzzle. With great defensive abilities, and immense size, Damian will replace Festus as an energy big , just like he did at VU.
Javale McGee- Veteran big man McGee has been passed around the league for many years. In spite of his moments on court that leave him looking absent minded, Javale could flourish in a change of scenery. Much like fellow NBA players Lance Stephenson and Ty Lawson, the right opportunity is needed. Javale McGee signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Warriors this summer. The bid Golden State holds on McGee is low risk with a high reward.
Patrick McCaw- This UNLV guard possesses great speed and finishing ability. Patrick uses his speed to slide past defenders on fast break or uses his quick pull up jumper in half court situations. The 6’6″ product retains the abilities of former Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa, yet with much room to develop.
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I regularly attend Indiana Pacers games, and have learned one thing. Miami, New York, and even Atlanta are very good. I really think whoever wins the East wins the ship. The Eastern teams are stacked. I mean the Knicks three years ago would have been crazy good. They have Marcus Camby, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudamire, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Rasheed Wallace, Kenyon Martin, Kurt Thomas, and Steve Novak. That is a good lineup, but as I witnessed the other night in Indy they can suck really bad. They were terrible, I couldn’t believe Amar’e, a player I had loved since I was 10 years old was terrible. He looked like a scrub, the Knicks made the Pacers look like an all-star team.
So really who is the best in the East? I believe Miami is for now, but Miami could get beat by my Bulls or my Pacers. Two players who have elevated their status in the NBA are Lance Stephenson (of the Indiana Pacers) and Jimmy Butler (of the Chicago Bulls). I love watching both play, they are probably the most talented on their teams, but act like they have to prove they are good every night.
Players like Jimmy and Lance make the difference in big games. The Heat don’t have guys like this they have three superstars and that’s it. The Heat may be the best right now, but come playoff time they could lose.
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So as the Laker Train continues on its track to a championship, another path is being walked by Dwight Howard. Now the heir to the “original” Superman, Dwight must come to grips with all that has happened. He requested a trade to the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the summer, that obviously didn’t happen so now he is in Los Angeles. Does anyone remember Howard refusing to take the road Shaquille O’Neal took years ago? I sure do! He said he would never do it, but look where he is, he is in Hollywood.
Funny this trade to happen this week as I am currently on vacation here in LA. Two hours ago I walked out on my street next to our house to get something from the car. I had been keeping in tune with all the trade rumors this evening, but I was disappointed to find out the Magic preferred the Rockets offer. I kinda just gave up on it then. So anyway I’m out on the street and I hear this guy yelling, “we got Dwight!!!!!” I was so happy along with the rest of Tinkertown, but I was happy for a different reason.
I am happy cause the drama is over, Dwight left Orlando and everyone is happy now. I am also happy to be rooting for Dwight knowing that he will stay with that team. About the Laker Train, the Lakers look like the best in the West as of now. With a HOF point guard, shooting guard, great defensive small forward, All-Star power forward, and HOF center. The Showtime can start again, just think Nash is Magic, Kobe as James Worthy, and Dwight Howard now playing the backup star role that Kareem played. Why do I like this team? They really are an image of Showtime Lakers.
The Lakers look great, all they need to do is figure out how to get Phil Jackson back and dump Mike Brown. Am I dissing Mike Brown? Of course not. I completely respect Brown and his coaching, but if they could get Phil back it would be great!!
This team = one Championship
With the 2012 Olympics under way both USA men’s and women’s basketball teams continue to flourish as expected, a new task arrives for the women. The task is stopping the twin towers of Australia, 6′ 8″ Liz Cambage and 6′ 5″ Lauren Jackson. Both ladies are very skilled players, but there size is just untouchable. I watched a bit of their game against China today and I must say I was very impressed. I found my self rooting for the two Aussies as they seemed invincible. All the team has to do is dish it to Lauren or Liz, and they deliver 99.99% of the time. Am I saying that USA will lose? Of course not, I’m just saying that THEY WILL have problems. I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up rooting for Australia on Thursday.