Tag:Golden State Warriors
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: December 8, 2010 11:36 am
 

Game Changer 12.8.10: Elbow trouble

Dirk and his elbow, surprising guards, and Monroe exists, all in today's Game Changer.  Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: David Lee STILL HAS ELBOW PROBLEMS

While the Dallas bench was doing its thing , the Warriors managed to stay in this one with turnovers leading to fast breaks. Or, basically, your standard Warrior plan of attack. But when the Mavericks absolutely had to get buckets? They turned to Dirk Nowitzki. Either with his elbow, or at the elbow.

Example A:



What you'll notice here is that Nowitzki's able to create space with his shooting elbow, which is kind of insane. It's the post-fake that gets David Lee shook trying to recover, but on the step-back through, he brings that elbow up and through, with his forearm creating kind of a stone wall between Lee's recovery attempt and a block. Granted, Nowitzki being seven feet tall helps quite a bit, but that perfect elbow placement is part of it.

Example 2: 



And again, we see Nowitzki stepping back into Lee, freezing him. By the time Lee recognizes what's happening, Dirk's elbow is already in place, again, creating a barrier between he and Lee. You've got to body Nowitzki in order to defend it, and bodying Nowitzki means you're probably fouling him. This is why he's Dirk.

And finally, in crunch time:



Forget for a moment that Jason Terry successfully screens two Warriors defenders. When Nowitzki receives this pass, he's at that elbow sweet spot. But he doesn't have to disturb his placement at all when the pass comes in. The movement is one fluid process. Step out to receive the pass, catch the ball, swing the other leg back to square up, rise, and release.

Perfect.

You know what keeps Dirk Nowitzki as good as he is at 32? Precision. 

GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:

Josh Smith: 34 points on 14-16 shooting, 7 assists, 3 rebounds (weird), 1 steal, 2 blocks in 38 minutes.

Runners-Up:

Luis Scola: 35 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block

Pau Gasol: 21 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists

WHAT YOU MISSED: 

SURPRISING GUARDS SURPRISING

Some underrated guards had a few nice games last night:
  • D.J. Augustin has developed a solid sense of when to pull up for a three. A lot of guards are unsure and are constantly trying to figure out when to shoot and when not to. Augustin though, has a good sense of when the defense is sagging and when the shot is in the flow of the offense. He doesn't leave his rebounders out to dry while they're trying to establish position. 
  • Kyle Lowry has been pretty ridiculous lately. His three-point shot, which has been pathetic until this season, has all of a sudden started dropping. His perimeter speed is creating a fair amount of steals and in transition he's becoming quite the guard. With Aaron Brooks on the shelf, the Rockets are getting back into contention, slowly but surely, because of Lowry's particular abilities. 
  • Devin Harris struggled with his shot last night, but he did manage to run the offense reasonably well. He understands Lopez better than any other player in the league and has an innate sense of where the offense runs. 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Stephen Curry has a ridiculous set of fakes to his arsenal, particularly while on the move with the ball. He's got fakes within fakes within fakes. Last night he used about five of them on a baseline drive that absolutely froze Shawn Marion, allowing an easy reverse under the basket.

Greg Monroe is alive! 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks for the young'n which isn't much, but he also looked more confident in 25 minutes against the Rockets. Good signs for a Pistons team that needs some element of hope.

Luis Scola has a remarkable ability to shoot directly from wherever he lands on an offensive rebound. He snares the ball, then goes right back up in a hook.
Posted on: December 7, 2010 6:55 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Sports Guy Bill Simmons to join Heat broadcast

The Miami Heat will receive in-game analysis from ESPN.com's Bill Simmons, better known as "The Sports Guy." Posted by Ben Golliver heat-stroke If you weren't already aware that the Boston Celtics are clearly superior to the Miami Heat, you will be after Friday.  ESPN.com's Bill Simmons, better known as "The Sports Guy" and a passionate fans of all things Boston, is reportedly set to provide in-game analysis during ESPN's telecast of Friday night's game between the Heat and the Golden State Warriors, according to USAToday.com
ESPN will formally announce Wednesday that podcaster and writer Bill Simmons will make his debut as an NBA game analyst on Friday's Miami-Golden State game (10:30 p.m. ET), working alongside Dan Shulman and Mark Jackson.

Expect plenty of gloating from the outspoken, forthright Simmons, whose Celtics sit atop the Eastern Conference at 16-4, the second best record in the league. Boston has defeated Miami in both of the meetings between the teams this season.

Simmons has questioned the Heat throughout the offseason, doubting whether LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can play together and wondering whether forward Chris Bosh was a good signing. Last week, he expertly predicted on his podcast that the Cleveland Cavaliers would blow out the Heat, which turned out to be 100%, absolutely, completely wrong.

The timing of Simmons' guest spot should make for some fireworks, as the Heat are riding a five-game winning streak before they face the Jazz in Utah on Wednesday night. Friday's game against the Warriors will be the first half of a back-to-back that close the team's current four-game road trip.

Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Shootaround 11.24.10: Winners and losers

People trying to keep LeBron out of the All-Star Game, Jarrett Jack doubts the Heat, Durant and Beasley as young guns, and T-Will is out of sight, out of mind, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

  • There's a movement afoot specifically to keep LeBron James out of the All-Star Game. It's things like this that trot the fine line at the nexus of funny, pathetic, and mean. Props for the idea, but just because you don't like a guy's ego, is that really reason to sully a system to honor play that's been in place for decades? And this is all beyond the fact that it would take coaches about forty five seconds to select him as a reserve and then all of a sudden the person atually voted in would have a hamstring injury.
  • Terrence Williams looked like a star in the making last year. Now he's been suspended for two games for "violations of team policy" whle Avery Johnson is talking about him "not getting" it. A perfect example of how a coaching change can dramtically alter a player's forecast. Meanwhile, if Williams is on the block, the Grizzlies and Bulls should both be on the horn to see if they can grab him at a bargain bin price.
  • Jarrett Jack, a winner his whole career except for when he wasn't winning, which was most of his career, is already ready to pack it in on the Heat, saying their failure could curtail others from going the superstar route. In other news, Jack put the cart before the horse and said "Done!" before walking off. The Hornets are 0-1 since Jack arrived, clearly indicating he's not a winner. See what I did there? You see? Because he said ...
  • Spurs fans were joking about Ime Udoka being signed last week, and now it has happened . Still bizarre they thought Udoka was more valuable than Gee.
  • Flip Saunders, getting digs in on Doug Collins. Better hurry to get them in, he may not be around long.
Posted on: November 19, 2010 7:04 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Monta's maturity gives Warriors owners goosebumps

New Golden State Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are thrilled with guard Monta Ellis's newfound maturity. Posted by Ben Gollivermonta-ellis

New Golden State Warriors Joe Lacob and Peter Guber are understandably elated that their ownership takeover has finally been completed and in an extensive interview with Fanhouse.com they gush over just about everything related to their new team. As they should be, given Golden State's hot 7-4 start that has them in second place in the Pacific Division, trailing only the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Perhaps the most interesting section of the interview comes in the discussion of guard Monta Ellis, who, as we noted last week, is off to a pretty electric, not to mention efficient, start to the 2010-2011 NBA season. Sam Amick, writer for Fanhouse, says he has seen a change in Ellis's personality this season, with Ellis becoming much more mature, and Lacob responds... 
When you just said this, and I'm serious about this too, I was just getting goose bumps. What you just said really impacts me. I've gotten to know Monta over a short period of time, better than almost any player except for David (Lee), and he's not what I expected either. He has always been one of my favorite players. He is obviously an immense talent. He's one of the fastest players in the NBA. He's so fun to watch when he's on. But you know, he was immature.
You can make an argument that he's a black hole type of player -- there's been that element in the past and there are other players who are like that. (But) he has been an incredible surprise. Whatever the reason being, maybe it's his own maturity, maybe it's getting married, maybe having a child, maybe it's David in the locker room, maybe it's he and (second-year point guard) Steph (Curry) finally connecting in the offseason, maybe it's getting rid of some bad eggs in there (the locker room), maybe it's new ownership. Whatever it is -- and maybe it's a combination of all those things -- this guy is unbelievable.  He has matured so quickly and changed. He is a team player out there. He is a great scorer, but he doesn't force it all the time. He's looking for the other guys, trying to get a lot of assists some nights when he doesn't have his shot. He has bought into a team atmosphere, team play. This is the most important story. I don't think anyone is writing this story to the level they should at this point. It's something very magical happening here. When a guy like that, with that kind of talent, buys into the team thing, it's huge.
It's always nice to see the light turn on for score-only NBA players, as the game has so much more to offer to talented offensive threats than just their own numbers. Second-year point guard Stephen Curry has been a revelation this year too, and Ellis is wise to realize how much easier a multi-talented guard like Curry can make his life. Golden State, so long a fringe NBA oddity, is emerging as the mainstream feel good story of the season. And Ellis, so long a question mark, is turning himself into an exclamation point.
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 1:21 pm
 

The Warriors are keeping it in the family

Posted by Royce Young

Shortly after the sale of the Golden State Warriors officially went through, new owner Joe Lacob went right to work installing a new front office. And one of his first hires oddly was his son Kirk who is still in graduate school as Director of Basketball Operations.

As pointed out by Matt Moore, this is pretty darn strange. But not unprecedented. NBA teams make a habit of giving big promotions to friends, family and other well-connected people. But still, most of those people have a little more experience than one internship with a professional team, a degree from Stanford (in 2010) and a job at a textbook company. I guess on Kirk's resume he probably put, "My dad owns the team."

But Joe Lacob feels his son is worthy of the position and explained the hire to the San Francisco Gate, calling Kirk "incredibly qualified and capable":
Forget titles. They don't mean anything," Joe Lacob said. "He'll be working on statistical things, things he's very good at. Looking at analysis. Helping with the draft."
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury transcribed a much more detailed answer from Lacob regarding his son's job after asking if he was concerned about charges of nepotism:
Kirk had a job with the Phoenix Suns under Steve Kerr. He is a graduate from Stanford. You’ll have to make this judgment yourself, I’m biased, but I think he’s one of the smartest, basketball-savvy young men I’ve ever run into. I say that, I know he’s my son, but he really is ...  He had a job with the Phoenix Suns, then Steve Kerr unexpectedly resigned in June, when he was supposed to start. He was going to start after the summer. I said, well, Kirk, you’re kind of lucky that your dad is bidding for an NBA team. I didn’t have it at the time, though. I said you’d better get off your butt and find another job.

Of course we got it in July and I had to take the summer really to have some discussions with him as to whether this is the right thing for him to do. I’m a self-made guy. He wants to be a self-made guy. That’s a tough call whether he should come join the team or not.

People are going to ask a lot of questions. I told him he has to work harder than everybody else. Everybody else. And I expect a lot from everybody. And he’s going to have to perform just like Larry Riley, Bob Rowell, the coach, everyone’s going to have to perform. And he probably has to perform better, because of the situation.

But I have full and utmost confidence in his abilities.
To spare you a Google search, "nepotism" is favortism granted to relatives or friends regardless of merit. So in this case, it's understandable how those charges could be made.

But at the same time, I don't have a problem with it. Lacob owns the team. He's the boss. But he's also a dad that cares about his son. It's not like Lacob is kicking Monta Ellis off the team and letting Kirk play point guard.

Now as an owner, most want to surround themselves and their team with the smartest, sharpest and most forward-thinking people there are. So of course one could wonder if Kirk is the best person for this job or if maybe he would've been better suited to start a little lower and work his way up. But if Joe Lacob feels Kirk is ready, that's his call because again, he's the boss.

The father-son combo isn't really new to the NBA. Micky Arison's son Nick is part of the Heat's front office. Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke just passed the team to son Josh after Stan acquired the St. Louis Rams. Hugh Weber is the brother-in-law of George Shinn in New Orleans. I for one, kind of like the idea of having it a family business. But that might just be me.

And don't act like the NBA is the only place this happens. We all know the real world is more about who you know rather than what you know. It's life. So hey, Mark Cuban, if you're looking for an adopted son, just give me a call.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:34 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 10:19 pm
 

New Warriors owner installs son in front office

New Warriors owner installs recent college graduate son as Director of Basketball Operations. Posted by Matt Moore

For years, the Golden State Warriors have been a relative joke due to the state of their front office. An owner who didn't seem interested in winning, who let Don Nelson have far too much run of the place, and Nelson himself randomly and obtrusively acting in pursuit of some mythical plan's completion. But with the new owners, Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, there's been a lot of positive feelings about the future of the franchise. Before they even took over, they ousted Nellie, installed Keith Smart, and subsequently the team has looked about a billion times better on the floor.

Today at an introductory luncheon for the community and media, though, an interesting item was revealed . Lacob has installed his son, Kirk Lacob, as Director of Basketball Operations. Well, okay, that's not exactly the ideal choice for such a big position, but it happens. After all, Josh Kroenke just took over as owner of the Denver Nuggets. I'm sure Kirk has tons of experience. Let's see he graduated from Stanford in...

2010?

On the junior Lacob's LinkedIn Profile (archived image found here ), found by Warriors blog Golden State of Mind , the younger Lacob lists internships at a textbook sales company , founding the Stanford Club Basketball team , and working as an intern with the Celtics.

My first job out of college was a dry cleaner's. Geez.

It's a concerning development for someone of his age and inexperience. Then again, in the same luncheon, the Contra Costa Times reported that the new ownership group say Robert Rowell, current GM, would be sticking around , though his capacity is unclear at this moment. And with Smart on board, there's significant help in the front office. Plus, you have to consider how many former players with no front office history are installed in significant roles immediately after their playing days are over. And at the top of course is the Daddy-O, so maybe this isn't a big deal.

It just looks really, really weird.
Posted on: November 12, 2010 3:18 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 3:22 pm
 

Warriors sale official; let the new era begin

Posted by Royce Young

It took a little longer than expected, but finally, officially, the Chris Cohan era is over in Golden State. The NBA's owners unanimously approved the sale to Joe Lacob and his group that includes managing partner Peter Guber.

Guber tweeted earlier today that the sale was done.

It's almost like the new era has even begun for the Warriors before the sale was actually finalized too. Golden State loosk re-energized, starting 6-3 on the year, one of the team's best starts in over a decade.

Lacob purchased the team with business partner Peter Guber back in mid-July for a reported $450 million. And since taking over (sort of), Lacob has moved quickly trying to restructure the future of the team. He's done numerous interviews trying to lay out a new vision and his influence is likely what helped push Don Nelson out the door and bring Keith Smart in. Lacob was also consulted on the David Lee move as well as the deal that signed Jeremy Lin .

The new owners aren't entirely new to the team ownership game. Lacob bought a share of the Celtics in 2006 and Guber's Mandalay Entertainment owns and operates multiple minor league baseball teams, including two affiliates of the New York Yankees.

Cohan has owned the team for 16 years and in that time has seen the Warriors appear only once in the postseason (2007). Cohan's purchase price was somewhere in the $120 million range. Under Cohan, the Warriors have yielded the second worst record in that span, second to only the Clippers .

It's a good day for Warrior fans to now move past a former ownership that didn't seem as concerned with winning as the new group does. There's really no reason the Warriors shouldn't be better. And now with Cohan out and new owners in, maybe things will turn around.
They're definitely already off to a pretty good start.
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:07 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Game Changer 11.12.10: Unblemished no more

The Lakers finally lose, the Celtics down the Heat in front of a bunch of stars, Paul Pierce talks trash to LeBron James on Twitter and Chris Bosh is in some non-lofty company when it comes to his rebounding numbers. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: LAKERS GO DOWN:

By Royce Young.

Sometimes, when the Nuggets are really clicking, that offense is absolutely terrifying. Not in a "Oh wow, they're really good!" way. Like a lock-the-doors-and-take-cover way.
Heading in to the fourth quarter Thursday, Denver trailed the Lakers by eight and at one point, were 14 down. But the Nuggs started the fourth on a 16-0 run then later added another 11-0 spurt to essentially put the Lakers away.

But that offense wouldn't have done the Nuggets any good without the stops. For instance, Denver scored 35 points in the second quarter. However, they allowed L.A. 38. And coming off a game where the Nuggets allowed Indiana 54 points in a quarter, defense had to become a priority in order to knock off the unbeaten champs.

Denver held the Lakers to 19 points in the fourth mainly by forcing Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol into a combined 3-11 from the field. Bryant was just 2-8 and Gasol only had three shots. The Nuggets funneled the offense through Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes, essentially daring them to step up. Brown and the Laker bench has certainly done that, but they weren't able to do so in this one.

Instead, it was the Nugget bench that came up large. Ty Lawson put in 17 points and five assists in 23 minutes. J.R. Smith added 13 in 26 minutes. Between them and what the starters provided, Denver had the scoring angle covered.

A lot of this game can be summed up between the two stars. Kobe finished with 32 points but was just 11-32 from the field and started 2-10. Carmelo Anthony netted 32 but was 14-25 from the floor. Efficiency wins.

Early on, it looked like the Lakers were perfectly content to play at the Nuggets leisure. Whatever pace Denver wanted, it got. The Nuggets controlled tempo and the Lakers didn't put up much of a fight in stopping the game from going into a shootout. Not that the Lakers can't hold serve in that situation, but the Nuggets are a powerful offensive team when things get rolling. And they did Thursday.

The Lakers weren't headed for an undefeated season. Some thought they might be able to challenge the record 15-0 start. A tall order for sure, even for a team as stout as the Lakers. But I don't think 8-1 is all bad. Though that 33-19 fourth quarter for the Nuggets has to have the Lakers thinking they very well should still be unblemished.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

Ray Allen: 35 points, one rebound, zero assists on 13-23 shooting and 7-9 from downtown in 41 minutes in a Boston Celtics road win over the Miami Heat.

Honorable mention to...

Carmelo Anthony: 32 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks on 14-25 shooting in 41 minutes in a Denver Nuggets home win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron James: 35 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three setals on 9-21 shooting in 44 minutes in a Miami Heat home loss to the Boston Celtics. Luol Deng: 26 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks on 9-19 shooting in 40 minutes in a Chicago Bulls home win over the Golden State Warriors.     

BULLS ROUT WARRIORS:

By Royce Young.

It was the game that no one was watching. Heck, I'm not 100 percent sure even Warrior or Bulls fans were tuned in with Miami and Boston going for Round 2 on TNT.

But here's what you missed:

  • A swarming, relentless defensive performance by the Bulls, holding the Warriors to 90 points, including just 38 at the half.
  • A terrific game from Derrick Rose who 22 points and 13 assists.
  • Chicago's starters all scoring at least 14 points.
  • And really, a game that stayed interesting despite being a blowout after three quarters.

Credit the Warriors, who really kept playing all the way through. This was the fourth in five nights for Golden State and the Warriors were just in over their heads against a rested Bulls club. Plus, it was obvious early on how meaningful David Lee is to them. He was out of this one because Wilson Chandler broke a piece of his face on Lee's arm, requiring Lee to get a number of stitches.

But Brandan Wright started for Lee and was entirely unproductive against the Bulls' front line. Dorell Wright led Golden State in rebounds with eight, if that tells you something.

Regardless though, the Warriors are still 6-3 and actually looking like a decently solid team. The Bulls reclaimed the Central Division in the East with the win, moving to 4-3. It was a great game or anything necessarily skipping Heat-Celtics over, but the game was played and stuff happened. But you probably didn't see it. Hence why I'm here telling you about it.

DON'T MISS:

 

WHIMSY:

A "Big Four" of musicians -- Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Lil Wayne and Drake -- take in the action between Boston's Big Four (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo) and Miami's Big 2.5 (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh).

rappers-heat

 

ONE FINAL THOUGHT:

According to Basketball-Reference.com , 5'3" point guard Muggsy Bogues averaged 4.1 rebounds in 35.7 minutes during the 1993-1994 season. So far this season, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh is averaging 5.1 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per game.

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