10.29.2009

Cool Warriors Post!



Over at The Baseline, Bethlehem Shoals has bared his soul on the subject of this year's mangled Warriors, and maybe even found some good in there. If nothing else, as a learning experience for those who must touch shoulders with their carnival of doom:

You won't get there but by speaking their language, and then underneath, you figure out where you really stand. It's at once exhilarating and silly to watch Houston score on every possession down the floor in the third, and yet only a vision quest-like encounter with the Warriors—the NBA's great wacked-out foil—can help bring their season into focus.

Or, if you want to get crass, we crave this team's steady stream of nonsense and crash courses that, for all we know, might be part of Nellie's grand design. It drives longtime fans crazy. But when your team isn't going to win, better you stay relevant as a test of others' psychological mettle, accessible only by dark, dank ferry, or keep even yourself guessing about what's up and what's down. Oh, and make sure there's enough there to keep everyone hoping and wondering "what if." That's the Warriors, and that's why they matter. Even if, for those on the inside, it's begun to resemble normal.

Seriously, check it out! It's pushing 1,000 words and could easily have lived on this site, if I weren't trying to keep from anyone accusing me of being a Warriors or Thunder homer. By the way, I think the Power Rankings right now have to go:

1. Wizards
2. Thunder
3. Warriors
4. LeBron
5. Ariza

Also, I don't care what people say, JaVale McGee is always on the floor for the Wizards. No matter what the box scores say.

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16 Comments:

At 10/29/2009 1:43 PM, Blogger Ed said...

Funnily your last comment reminds me that when you came to Georgetown I asked you what you thought of Mcgee's prospects and you looked at me like I was deformed and like who would ask about JaVale Mcgee? And was just like, "I dunno... he's like seven feet tall and runs well". Sounds about right.

 
At 10/29/2009 1:44 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

Ha, a friend asked me on Opening Night what I thought McGee brought to the Wizards, how I expected him to fit into the new offense. . and I said the same thing.

McGee + Blatche = All-Time Starting Line-Up

 
At 10/29/2009 1:55 PM, Blogger W2 said...

When Blake Griffin comes back you will have to revise your rankings.

Sheldon Williams may have outscored Gerald Wallace last night.

Kevin Durant over Ariza by a nose.

Shoals, McGee or Randolph if you had to pick one?

 
At 10/29/2009 2:03 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

How can I include Durant when I put the whole Thunder on there? I did consider changing it, though . . .

Randolph, duh.

 
At 10/29/2009 2:07 PM, Blogger veezy-rex said...

bethlehem, where did the t-shirts go?

 
At 10/29/2009 2:09 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

Store will open again soon. . we're really low on stock, anyway.

 
At 10/29/2009 2:10 PM, Blogger Kellen said...

6. Second-team Nuggets.

 
At 10/29/2009 2:16 PM, Blogger spanish bombs said...

Does this mean everyone is back on Gilbert's nutz? Yay! (really)

 
At 10/29/2009 2:25 PM, Blogger W2 said...

My bad, been a long day.

 
At 10/29/2009 3:37 PM, Blogger john.cormac said...

Just tell me that there will be a A. Randolph product of some sort...and it's a great Warriors post Shoals. I'm just wondering whether the Warriors might ruin the Three Mile Island vibe they have going right now by actually trading Jackson in short order.

 
At 10/29/2009 3:58 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

Amazingly, I think trading Jackson would make this team even weirder. The strife he's causing is so run-of-the-mill, and he's obviously the veteran rock of the crew.

 
At 10/29/2009 5:16 PM, Blogger john.cormac said...

Fair point. But the black hole quality that Jackson and Ellis bring to the offense cannot be underestimated. I really like Jim Barnett as the Dubs play by play guy and it's almost amusing to hear the tone in his voice as Jackson dribbles into a double-team expecting the foul call which never arrives.

Still, you're right in one respect. For as crazy as Jackson can get, it seems pretty obvious that he has the respect of his teammates. I'm not sure Ellis ascending to the top of the heap would be met with anywhere close to the same deference.

 
At 10/30/2009 12:25 AM, Blogger Seth said...

Maggette as a double-agent made me smile. Last night I drunk dialed the Jones to complain about him. Then I followed up by writing Dan to complain. Not a proud evening.

@ "Did anyone think Monta could get better with age": No. I was actually thinking about that during my commute this morning and it made me remember when FSNBA aired this segment: (http://www.odenized.com/2008/02/monta-ellis-secret-hot-wax.html). He looks so breezy/young/naive. When he smiles at his hands I imagine him thinking, "I use these to score because that's what I do and that's a good enough reason."

One more thing, did anyone hear Jim Barnett say that the Dubs needed to open up the offense to "open their minds."

 
At 10/30/2009 8:28 AM, Blogger W2 said...

Randolph has earned the starting spot or has he earned a chance to start.

 
At 10/31/2009 4:46 PM, Blogger The Nextian said...

Understanding Randolph's talents and potential is one thing. But watching him try and steal d rebounds from teammates and shoot over double teams in the lane when there's someone wide open under the basket is frustrating.

Chalk it up to still developing or trying to get his? More to come indeed....

 
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