Allocating credit for the rise of the Golden State Warriors


Allocating credit for the rise of the Golden State Warriors

The New York Times devoted another massive chunk of print and Internet space to the Golden State Warriors the other day, this one 6,300 words and change from Bruce Schoenfeld on the team’s owners and the words of the deck head beneath the title, “What Happened When Venture Capitalists Took Over the Golden State Warriors,” lies the road map to how the Warriors will be undone. It reads: “After racking up a historic N.B.A. season, the team’s owners — most of them from Silicon Valley — think their management style deserves some of the credit. Are they right?”

The answer is obvious. No.

The secondary answer is equally clear. They should shut their insecure tediously flapping pieholes, the cloth-eared nitwits. The entire story is well worth your eyes, but we have made our point. Still, reasons follow:

1.        None of the owners are Stephen Curry, or Klay Thompson, or Draymond Green, or Andre Iguodala, or Andrew Bogut, or Steve Kerr, or Bob Myers, or Jerry West, or any of the players, coaches or staff that made the basketball product people come to see. They are rich folks who owe their notoriety to the work of their underlings, even though in some cases said underlings were hired by Joe Lacob. Point is, they all turned out much better than anyone could have hoped, and in any event hiring someone does not mean you get credit for their work just because you're the one who found them..

2.        None of the owners are Curry’s family, which took a gamble on a moribund team to avoid playing for a more moribund team, and was saddened to learn it could not actually get Curry to New York to likely die a horrible career death.

3.        None of the owners are Minnesota ex-GM David Kahn, who passed on Curry twice in successive picks because the Currys told him they didn’t want Minnesota and because he thought he was too clever to need him.

4.        None of the owners are soothsayers because no person living, dead or thinking about changing their status knew Curry would be this, or that the roster around him would work this cohesively.

5.        None of the owners understand the central truth about getting credit -– those who desire it do not deserve it, and those who deserve it do not desire it. Credit seeks its own platforms.

6.        None of the owners mean anything to anyone except their own families and accountants. Nobody has ever gone to a Warrior game and said, “I just came to see Peter Guber sit on a chair.” Nobody. If none of them ever came to a game, nobody would know the difference or give a nanobot’s worth of a half-damn.

But we do promise this. When this mad dash toward the sun ends, and it will because all of them do, we will make a specific point of blaming each and every one of them repeatedly, by name, address, Social Security and ATM PIN numbers for letting it happen, because that’s how credit works too -– in good times, everyone shares, and in bad ones, the big hogs get butchered first. And we’ll hate them while we eat.

Besides, what’s wrong with just being part of the crowd, enjoying the show while watching money roll in by the traincar? They need credit too? Do none of them remember Chris Cohan? Do none of them see what is happening to Jed York? Do they not recall the rise and fall of Peter Magowan? Can they not remember the admonition of Al Swearengen – "Announcin' your plans is a good way to hear god laugh."

Listen, kids, when Lacob says, “The great, great venture capitalists who built company after company, that’s not an accident, and none of this is an accident, either,” he is basically daring God/the fates/karma to laugh, and right in his face. Because he, and his partners, are better off enjoying what they have helped build rather than wanting to be remembered for it. They will be. All they have to do is not tell people that they want to be. 

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Landon Donovan weighed in the five U.S. women’s national soccer team stars who have sued for equal pay from the nation’s sanctioning body, and he opened with a quick treatise on the market economy and why the U.S. Men’s teams deserve the lion’s share of the income.

Cue the Twitter abuse machine.


“The lovely @Jackie_Pepper reminded me that the men & women are doing the same amount of ‘work’ and should be paid equally. Can't argue that.”

If only all arguments could be solved so easily. 

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Speaking of women and the market, Elena Delle Donne’s suggestion that WNBA might become more marketable by lowering the hoop to nine feet, and Diana Taurasi’s acidic response, “Might as well put us in skirts and back in the kitchen.”

This led men to opine all the old arguments, that the WNBA isn’t as entertaining as the NBA, that nothing will change that, blah blah blah.

Well, here’s the fact. The WNBA doesn’t need to crack the all-important men’s market because (and this will come as a surprise) a woman’s money is just as green and spends just as well. The WNBA is better off trying to emulate the Golden State style of play than it is trying to dunk on Fisher-Price hoops.

And finally, the WNBA has its place, it can grow its footprint, and it can become an elite league if it is willing to pay the best players in the world to play for them, whether they be American or not. America has a better chance of embracing you if you have the best players in your employ.

There’s your solution. I’m here for other consulting work, and thank you. 

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And finally, Ayesha Curry, wife of you know who and a cook of considerable skill in her own right, will have anew show on The Food Network (working title, At Home with Ayesha).

I wonder who in the Warriors’ investor group will want some credit for that, and how willingly Curry will invite them into the kitchen to whip up a quick Bechamel reduction.

Four things we learned while Steph Curry dealt with fourth ankle injury

Four things we learned while Steph Curry dealt with fourth ankle injury

UPDATE (2:40pm PT on Tuessday): Steph Curry has been cleared for full team practices with the goal of playing this week, the Warriors announced.


The Warriors’ usual late-spring sprint toward the postseason, already slowed to a limp, deteriorated into a forlorn crawl Monday night in San Antonio as they were losing for the fourth time in six games.

Draymond Green, the only “healthy” member of the team’s All-Star quartet, left the game in the second quarter with a pelvic contusion and did not return.

Though Green said after this 89-75 loss to the Spurs that he doesn’t consider this a serious injury, it’s abundantly clear reinforcements can’t arrive soon enough.

Stephen Curry, a profoundly superior reinforcement, may return as soon as Friday.

Curry’s tender right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which the Warriors will establish a timeline for his return. He could, according to team and league sources, be back in the lineup Friday night when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena.

That would provide a massive injection of talent for the Warriors, who lost of three games during a four-day stretch in which they were forced to rely heavily on reserves and role players.

“We’re already shorthanded and then we lose another All-Star, the glue to our team, Draymond, at halftime,” said Quinn Cook, who in scoring 73 points over the past three games did an admirable job of trying of producing Curry-like numbers.

As good as Cook was on Monday, scoring 20 points, it’s a bit much to ask Cook to lead the Warriors past a San Antonio team fighting to extend its 20-year streak of consecutive playoff appearances.

The Warriors are built around their four All-Stars -- Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Curry and Green. They usually can withstand the loss of one, and they can often are OK missing two. But when it’s three, and possibly four, the defending champs are a home without a foundation.

As the Warriors were losing four of six games, and two of the last three, we have learned four things:

1) Cook is an NBA keeper.

The point guard from Duke, who turns 25 on Friday, has proved not only that he belongs in the league but also that he can survive in the rotation of a championship contender. He’s considerably more effective than Pat McCaw. Even if everybody were healthy, it would be hard, maybe foolish, to deny Cook minutes.

2) Kevon Looney continues to smooth the rough edges of his game.

The Warriors opened the season uncertain what they could expect from a forward that has undergone surgery on both hips. Month after month, though, he has done most everything they could have asked. He operates well in their switching defense, is effective in traffic and now he’s blocking shots and raining jumpers. At this rate, the Warriors would be delighted to have him back next season.

3) David West and Jordan Bell are in search of rhythm.

West was reliably excellent, at both ends, prior to missing five games with a cyst on his right arm. Since returning last Friday, there have been visible signs of rust. He’ll be OK in time, but at 37 likely needs another game or two to rediscover his touch.

Bell missed 14 games with a left ankle sprain, returned briefly, sustained a sprain of his right ankle and missed three more games. In the three games since his return, he has yet to look comfortable. It’s not just rust; it’s also the team around him. He’s at his best when supporting the stars. It may take him a while before he shines again.

4) Postseason minutes may be scarce for Nick Young

The Warriors hired Young to score while not embarrassing himself on defense and he has had good moments on both ends. But his inconsistency -- partly attributed to unspectacular conditioning -- grates on coaches and sometimes teammates. As much as he wants to enjoy the postseason, he’s playing his way toward an insignificant role unless injuries dictate otherwise.

Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return


Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return

UPDATE (2:25pm PT on Tuesday): The Warriors announced that following an examination by the team's medical staff, Steph Curry has been cleared to participate in full team practices beginning on Wednesday. The goal is for Curry to "play later this week."

The Warriors return to action Friday when they host the Hawks. They face the Jazz on Sunday in Oakland.


The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.

Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.

The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.

Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.

The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.

Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.

The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.

The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.