It's OK to be mad, but not at Kwame Brown


It's OK to be mad, but not at Kwame Brown

Youdont have to have Dumbo ears to hear all the negativity out there about theWarriors acquiring center Kwame Brown.Therearent many people out there saying nice move.Im noteither. I just cant understand the anger and utter denouncement by a largenumber of fans. Im not here to say the Warriors just pulled off somethingspecial in acquiring Brown, the No. 1 pick in the 2001 draft.Not at all.Im just saying it might have been the Warriors most logical and practicalmove since free agency started. Why? Because Brown was within the Warriorsfinancial means, they targeted him albeit late and in a hurry and then theyoffered him an amount of money they knew hed take.Thats thefirst time this offseason the Warriors did that whether were talking abouttrying to sign a free agent or trying to make a trade.TheWarriors had been tap-dancing around the edges before that. They wanted to havetheir cake a big-time acquisition and eat it, too not having to give uptoo much, whether it be money or talent.What theWarriors have found out is that they have to do a little more to get players.If the Warriors wanted Tyson Chandler, it would have taken upwards of 70million, instead of the 60-million-ish they offered; if they really wanted theClippers not to match on DeAndre Jordan, they would have signed him to an offersheet worth more than 50 million and not just 43 million.If theWarriors really wanted Chris Paul traded to those same Clippers on Wednesday they would have agreed to put the untouchable Stephen Curry into the package.The reality of the situation is the Warriors could have acquired any one ofthose three players but didnt want it bad enough.In otherwords, it took more risk and more boldness for the Warriors to acquire one ofthose three players than they were willing to take on.And now wecome back to Brown and the real reason fans are P.O.d about his acquisition.It has nothing to do with Brown. If theres anyone out there still saying Brownis a bust because he was the top pick in 2001 and he never lived up to it, hitthe pike.Thats irrelevant now. That was 10 years ago, Brown is now 29 years old and noperson in his right mind thinks Brown can achieve greatness anymore. And neitherdo the Warriors. But they have Andris Biedrins as their starting center andthat should be enough said.They neededanother big man, plain and simple. And he was the next person on the list, soto speak.The realreason fans are mad about Brown is because theyre mad at owner Joe Lacob, whoset expectations too high by promising big and bold things. And Brown isnt abig and bold thing. Hes not Chandler or Jordan or Paul, either.Warriorsfans are upset because while they were told Big Things are Coming, the onlything that came was a backup center. And meanwhile, the L.A. Clippers of allteams, are now sitting with Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul and Jordan. And dontforget, they already had Blake Griffin.On manylevels, Brown makes sense for the Warriors. Hes an above average interiordefender and a good rebounder, which makes him a nice fit for theWarriors.He willalso provide support for Biedrins, who has been unreliable the past twoseasons.But hesnot the impact player the Warriors had been promising, not the gutsy, big-timemove that theres been too much talk of. Nope. Brown isnt any of those things.Hes just a nice little pickup.Right now,thats not enough for Warriors fans.

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

OAKLAND -- The defending champion Warriors started cracking in the hours before tipoff Tuesday night and broke apart when they usually come together.

The fourth quarter was a disaster area and it cost the Warriors, as the Houston Rockets wiped out a 13-point deficit and tagged them with a 122-121 loss before a stunned sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

So ends, as it should, the spurious notion of a rubber-stamp championship for the Warriors. A strain here and a tweak there and they found themselves on the painful end of the score.

The Warriors learned prior to the game that forward Andre Iguodala, their valuable Sixth Man, would be out nursing a strained back. They were hit with another injury, this one to Draymond Green, who was highly effective, late in the third quarter.

“He was our best player tonight,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was the guy who was bringing the energy and the life.”

Green’s numbers -- 9 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists -- barely hint at his value in this game. Green and Iguodala are the primary defensive communicators, and Green held it down fairly well -- until he, too, was gone.

“Our communication wasn’t very good and we didn’t stick to the game plan; we gave them too many wide-open threes,” said Klay Thompson, who scored 11 first-quarter points but only 5 over the final three.

“We did a good job in the half-court of keeping them in front,” said Kevin Durant, who also scolded himself for committing eight turnovers. “But in transition we got cross-matched so many times and we just didn’t communicate well enough.”

Games aren’t always lost in the fourth, despite the frequent narrative, but this one most assuredly was. With Green in the locker room accompanied by ice, the Warriors were outscored 34-20 in the fourth quarter.

After shooting 45.8 percent through three quarters, the Rockets took it to 56 percent in the fourth, closing the game on a 13-5 run over the final 4:01.

The Warriors don’t yet know when Green and Iguodala will return, whether it’s as soon as Friday at New Orleans or a matter of weeks. Until they do, Kerr will have to resort to patching things together.

Problem is, aside from the scoring of Nick Young (23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-7 from deep) and Jordan Bell (8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes), the bench did not distinguish itself.

That was particularly true on defense, which happen to be where Iguodala and Green make their greatest impact. The reserves accounted for 13 of the 25 fouls called on the Warriors.

“We’ve got to be better,” Durant said. “We’ve got to be better, and we’re looking forward to practice Wednesday.”

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

Draymond Green usually gets the last word.

Not this time.

"Somebody said we don't take it seriously on defense. Well obviously they don't take it seriously either," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Rockets knocked off the Warriors 122-121 on Tuesday night., according to Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Phil Barber.

The jab stems from Green's comments after practice on Monday.

"You should believe that. I'm turning over a new leaf. Number 1 -- they want it to be a shootout, which is fine. But we're gonna play some defense. We score pretty well, but we're a damn good defensive team, too. So we're gonna play some defense.

"I don't know how serious they take defense with that comment, but I know they added some good defensive players," Green told reporters Monday.

Green won't get his next shot at D'Antoni and the Rockets until January 4 in Houston.