Friday, October 07, 2005

Charley Rosen on the Pacific's usually on point, but acerbic Charley Rosen previews the Pacific division. In just a few paragraphs, Rosen calls Baron a selfish "shot-hungry, pseudo-star" (despite Baron dropping over 8 dimes last season with the Warriors), Fisher the ultimate team player, Dunleavy a scorer (at 13.4ppg last season, I think that's an overstatement), and Pietrus a "comer". Rosen usually knows his NBA, but I doubt he's watched many Warriors games based on his analysis of Baron and Dunleavy as well as his mention of Calbert Cheaney. Although C-Double is my sleeper for MVP this year (see Nickel and Dimin' for MVP), he most likely will be a non factor for the Warriors on the court this season. Here is Rosen's final thought on the Warriors' upcoming season:

For all the unreasonable expectations of success rampant in the Bay Area — and besides the disharmony that Davis will inevitably engender — the Warriors don't play enough defense to warrant a postseason appearance.

What do you think? Is Charley Rosen way off his base on his analysis of the Warriors?


At 10:06 AM, Anonymous joe from Frisco/DC said...


At 1:18 AM, Blogger BBallBlog said...


Yeah, I hardly bother with Charley Rosen. He's one of the old guard who refuses to change. Their way is always right, the young guys are always wrong. ;)

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't need D to get into the playoffs. To win championships, yeah, but not for the playoffs.

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just another couch sittin' sportswriter who never played and is more concerned
with personnal attacks than what an excellent player can do for a franchise.
nobody reads his shit, so he has to stir it up.
wonder what he said about kobe and phil...?

At 5:03 PM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

Actually Rosen's got some coaching experience. Check this QA from his mailbag:

In your coaching career, have you ever considered coaching in the NBA? And have you ever received negative feedback for your biting criticism of certain players? — J

To become an assistant coach in the NBA, one needs a godfather. Because of our long friendship, and the fact that I was his assistant for three seasons with the Albany Patroons in the CBA, it was expected by one and all that Phil Jackson would be able to add me to his staff when he took over the head coaching position with the Bulls. However, Chicago's general manager, Jerry Krause, insisted that the hiring and firing of the Bulls' assistant coaches and scouts were in his provenance. Phil lobbied for me, but to no avail.

A few years later, I was coaching the CBA's Rockford Lightning when one of the Bulls' assistants, Johnny Bach, was fired. The Chicago newspapers were alive with "inside reports" that I would be replacing Bach — but this never happened. In fact, Phil and I had a profound disagreement that led to a severing of our friendship for more than a year when, instead of telling me the news himself, he had Krause (whom neither of us respected) call me.

And that was the closest I ever got. (I wonder if getting tossed in to the hoosegow in Cedar Rapids for attempting to slug an opposing coach had anything to do with Krause's move. But that's another story.)

Anyway, while I was actively coaching in the CBA, I was desperately interested in moving up to the NBA. Nowadays, however, that particular fire has burned itself out. The madcap NBA lifestyle is not for me. I'm happy doing what I'm doing, and maintaining a peaceful, loving relationship with my wife, Daia. It's axiomatic, by the way, that precious few NBA coaches can avoid divorce. And, as Phil always says, I can communicate my ideas about pro ball to a much wider audience by writing than by coaching.

George Karl apparently doesn't think too highly of Charley Rosen. (Brian Bahr / Getty Images)

In the past when I have gone to games, those players whom I have publicly popped have simply avoided me — it not being considered cool for a millionaire cultural icon to confront a mere scribe. However, I chanced to be in L.A. after one column appeared that was extremely critical of Kobe, and was subsequently told to stay out of the Lakers' locker room because Kobe was steamed. Also, Larry Brown and George Karl — who used to be at least casual friends of mine — both spoke curtly to me after I'd roasted them in print. At the same time, various other players and coaches have privately voiced their agreement with the majority of my judgments.

Oh, well. My job is to say what I think about what I see. And let the devil take the hindmost.

I don't agree what the guy says all the time, but he does know basketball. There's probably some politics going on in the background though.


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