Usually my Warriors posts are on the bright spots with the team, but there’s so much negativity in the organization over the past few seasons, I can’t resist NOT talking about their shortcomings. Sadly, the Warriors are one of the worst run franchises of all time. They still don’t qualify on my list as a top 5 worst all time franchise, because they’ve had some success albeit mostly before I was born. The past 17 years have had as many bright spots as I can count on one hand. With a .374 winning percentage letting numerous stars go just to save a few bucks only to watch them do great elsewhere would have any fan fed up. It feels like over the past few seasons that most of Warriors nation has finally had enough. The most recent news of the Warriors inability to make a good choices was cutting Speedy Claxton’s $5.2 million expiring contract. I can’t even pretend to understand how this helps us, since there are teams drooling worse than Homer Simpson over doughnuts to get some expiring contracts for the 2010 free agent class, so why are we dumping the contracts that seem to have so much value going into the trade deadline? We probably could’ve gotten something of value for the expiring contract we got in the Crawford deal over the summer right? I don’t have an answer for either of those questions and I’m sure management doesn’t either, but it did inspire this great website which I urge all our readers to click the red button in support of the fans vs. Cohan! This move just sums up many years of bad decisions by the front office, and truly shows they don’t care about the team winning. If they tell you it’s to get the team better, they must be breaking into those Marijuana clubs in SF and eating all the cookies. There is no conceivable reason to do this before the trade deadline. If they waited for the deadline to come and go and then cut him, I’d understand. This post is dedicated to what went wrong, and the only real way to fix them is to have a new owner!
I think the growing unrest and the start of the boycotting movement coincided with the mistreatment of Chris Mullin, who was a huge advocate of improving the team through spending, and not just going the cheap route of signing D-League players like Nellie feels is the solution. Obviously the team won’t improve signing D-Leaguers over proven NBA talent, with the possible exception of Azabuike. He’d probably be a solid contributor/player on pretty much any team. So from the point when they started ousting Mullin, the fans started getting pissed. Mullin agreed to a deal with Baron Davis in 2007, but management backed out of the deal to prove Mullin’s word was worthless within the organization. The Warriors then turned around and tried to cancel out Monta’s contract, which signaled the end of Mullin’s era as the Dub’s GM. They decided to go with a youth movement, but really ended up selling off every guy that got them to the playoffs like J-Rich, Pietrus, Harrington, Barnes, Baron, etc. Then they decided to sign SJax to a ridiculous extension followed by trading him away for a poo poo platter, which is about what you’d expect for a huge contract for an older guy. The point is they shouldn’t have given him that horrible contract to begin with. They should’ve made him play those last two years out. All of this culminated in many pro-Warriors fan blogs to boycott/protest the only way fans can, which was not buying merchandise, and not going to the games to hit the owners in the pocket books. Has it worked? A little, attendance does look slightly down this season (about 2,000 less per game than last year), which could be because of the economy or hopefully it’s the fans are finally fed up. Since they are in the fifth biggest market, their numbers have always been good, so hopefully through all the fan unrest it will motivate Cohan to finally sell the team. The organization needs to take a few things into consideration to get them back on the right track. Nothing more so than selling the team to a new owner that puts winning over their wallet.
It sounds like Larry Ellison and his talks with Cohan have heated up recently, and could be our savior, but it still sounds like they are far apart on the numbers as Cohan seems to overvalue a very bad team. Not surprising for a guy that has been screwing it’s fans over for years. If the Warriors were sold, I wouldn’t care if we traded away everyone on the roster including my mancrush Curry. Starting over with a new owner that actually cares more about winning than his own pockets would easily win a lot of the most loyal fans in the league back. The selling of the team would get rid of three huge problems in the organization, and all are in management tier. Robert Rowell will no longer be President. Larry Riley won’t be the GM. Don Nelson will be shown the door for acting like his senile alcoholic self. I’m not against Nellie, because he’s done more for us than any coach has running the dubs, but please just get him his 11 wins he needs this year to pass Lenny Wilkins on the all-time wins list, and get him out. He’s just not a good coach for youngsters, and we have a ton of those. If he didn’t go crazy so often with sitting guys, and giving erratic playing time for the whole rotation I probably would want him around, but that’s not the case for now. So let’s get Nellie those 11 wins and then tank the rest of the season, so we can hopefully get Demarcus Cousins in the lottery! He seems like a big man that we could build around! Not that I’m giving up on Randolph, you just can’t have enough athletic big men, and the Warriors don’t need another guard.