Wednesday, July 06, 2005

And the West just got Harder

So much talent ... so little success. How true for the warriors but now i'm talking about the Blazers. YEP the TrailBlazers. Today it was announced that Nate McMillan was leaving the Seattle Supersonics to coach the Portland Trailblazers. Now this might not come to any surprise nor worries, however I believe this could pose another threat to the Warriors quest to make the post season. Nate has shown in recent years his ability to be the kind of coach to take average squads and make them great. To take good players and make them better.

Take the sonics this year. In the beginning of last year, many professional writers (mostly ESPN ahem) wrote the sonics off as one of the worst assembled teams for 2004-2005 season. Sure enough through the guidance of Nate they not only made the post season but did quite a bit of damage.

So what does this mean for the Warriors. Maybe nothing now, but this just secures another team who didn't make the post season last year to increase their wins but 10+. Not to discredit Maurice Cheeks and what he was able to accomplish in Portland, but Nate has shown his talents and could take an underachievers team and make them great.

Time will tell ... i'm just another jealous Warrior fan who still can't believe we fired our first successful coach in many years to hire .... Well you know!

Below is an ESPN link to the recent news ...


At 10:02 PM, Anonymous we want Muss! said...

great article! i wish the warriors still had Muss. he was a helluva coach.

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Ronaldinho said...

You know... yawn.

Nate's a good coach, but I honestly don't think the west is so tough any more.

You've got Pheonix and San Antonio ... and everybody else. If Baron stays healthy, are you really scared of Portland? Let's say Nate is a great coach and gets the team, oh, I dunno, 15 more wins. That's behind us in the standings if we play the way we showed we could play.

Plus if he's that good, Seatle's going to drop a few notches. So they're catchable. Dallas is going to start looking like a very one-dimensional team if Finley leaves (and how bad is it for team chemistry if the team is willing to throw away a solid player); Novitski was revealed as a defensible player in the playoffs this year.

Sacramento's a pale shadow of the team they were two seasons ago. Houston is less than the sum of its parts. Memphis is a team without a star.

I'd be more worried about Utah (with AK-47 healthy), Denver, the Clippers (with Livingston healthy - he's the real deal) and the Wolves (who will either be much better or much worse than they were last year.)

But none of those teams really scare me. This next Warriors season is raelly about the Warriors: are we going to play up to the potential we showed this season, or are we going to go down to injury?

If we play like we ended the season, the playoffs are a given.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger YaoButtaMing said...

Ronaldinho ... if you are in fact the world famous soccer player then I will bow my head to you. Great arguement. I always said Utah will make the playoffs next year and i agree that the Clippers and Nuggets will be a lot better. So what does that leave us.
Playoff Locks: Spurs, Suns, Mavs, Rockets (ahem)
Fighting for last 4 spots: Warriors, Kings, Sonics, Nuggets, Grizz, Jazz, Clippers, Wolves, Blazers.

Thats 9 teams for the last 4 spots. Though the Kings are slipping I still believe they have a more solid group of players then the warriors. Nuggets as well. So thats 2 spots for the remaining 7 teams. I agree, it will all come down to the warriors themselves. As a true warrior fan i'm a bit hesitant to believe we can play the same as we did at the end of last year. No one took us seriously, most of the wins came from teams who didn't even try, and now the whole league will be anticipating how good we are, so can we really play the same way? we will see.

I think in order to really propel us into the deep playoffs we need a solid forward pickup. I dream we can get Elton Brand, but thats far fetched. If only we could take back our billion dollar contract from Fischer :)

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nate has nothing to work with...just look at the fact portland fans are salivating just to get dunleavy jr instead of miles, one of the worst small forwards in the west. randolph doesnt play D, patterson doesnt do much, telfair is too young. theyve got nothing...itll take nate a few years for that team to be competitive.

At 3:26 PM, Blogger YaoButtaMing said...

You sound just like the epsn experts who perdicted seattle being the #1 lottery pick for 2005 :)

At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

except for the fact seattle at least had allen, a legit superstar. ridnour was more polished starting last season than telfair is now, and seattle didnt have a cancer like miles on their team. no one predicted the paint presence that fortson et al. brought, but i just dont see it for nate this year.


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