This fan has had enough. This fan no longer believes.
I started watching NBA basketball at the beginning of the 1993-94 season. I know. I missed out on Jordan's first three titles, but hey....I probably wouldn't have remembered them anyway as I'd have been super young. Because of where I grew up and who my role models were, I began to follow the Golden State Warriors. It was an exciting time. The team had one superstar that I loved to watch. He was the first pick in the draft that year and he ended up being (in my opinion) one of the best power forwards the league has seen the past 15 years.....Of course I'm talking about Chris Webber.
The more and more I learned about Chris Webber, the more and more I respected what he brought to the floor. Even now after all these years, never once did I hear anything negative about Chris Webber unless people were talking about his mistake in the NCAA finals or how his knees gave out on him.
Webber brought the Warriors to the postseason that year and teams future looked bright even after their first round departure in the playoffs.
However, that offseason proved to be the undoing of the team. In an instant, the team traded Webber to the then known Washington Bullets for Tom Gugliotta. Yes...I said Tom Gugliotta. From then on, the Warriors have been a mess....but I've still rooted for them. They let Avery Johnson walk. They traded Tim Hardaway away for Ronny Seikaly. Chris Mullin was later sent away to the Pacers. The team had the first pick in the draft in 95-96 and drafted Joe Smith over Jerry Stackhouse or Kevin Garnett. They drafted Todd Fuller over Kobe Bryant one year and traded away Vince Carter for Antawn Jamison. Jamison? Wait, they later flipped him to Dallas for Nick Van Exel. The Warriors did draft Jason Terry one year, but they thought Mookie Blalock of the Hawks would be a better idea.
Yeah....They also made some good moves. Gilbert Arenas was one hell of a second round pick. It's too bad the team let him walk his first chance for free agency. They couldn't even make an offer because they were so strapped with bad contracts. Maybe Adonal Foyle's 7 million a year had something to do with it.
Now...as the team finally started to get better.....THEY BLEW IT UP!!!....AGAIN.
Baron Davis was the teams new franchise player that they NEEDED, but he wasn't the player this organization deserved. They had him signed for a long term deal this past offseason, but the ownership nixed the deal.....Do they not want to have a succesful team? It seems as if that is their goal. Why replace a superstar with someone with less talent and is always injured for the same price (Maggette).
Less than two years removed from pulling off THE BIGGEST UPSET in NBA history, the team has repeated history. Baron Davis is gone. Jason Richardson is gone. Al Harrington is gone. Matt Barnes is gone. Mickael Pietrus is gone. And what is left in their place? Corey Maggette? Jamal Crawford? Hell, both Stephen Jackson and Maggette have now publicly demanded trades. The Warriors should just forfeight their draft picks, because they don't play them anyway. They seem to find some kids off the street and play them more.
I know Monta Ellis is hurt because of his moped incident. But him being with the team would not turn this team back to the 50 win team it was a year ago. I am growing tired of bay area sports. I've been a lifelong A's, Warriors, and Niners fan, but this is the last straw with the Warriors.
Maybe when I first started watching basketball, I really didn't fall in love with this team, just the players they had on it. I feel sorry for any kid that started to watch this team the year Davis led the Warriors to the postseason two seasons ago because history is repeating itself. I'm not going to wait another 15 years for this team to become a winner again.
I don't know who I'll become a fan of or even if I'll continue to watch the sport. I certainly am not going to be a Kings fan and I really have no interest in the Clippers or Lakers. So much for the NBA. Good Luck to the rest of the Warrior fanbase out there. I feel your pain and I refuse to feel it any longer.