Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Slow start has Dunleavy wondering what's wrong

Our favorite Warrior Mike Dunleavy has not got off to the stellar start that we all predicted. So what's wrong?
I say he's just not that good, but Janny Hu disagrees.

Call it a slow start or bad shooting. Just don't call it pressing.

"What is there to press about?" Dunleavy said after practice Monday. "We got a great group of guys, a good team. I just signed a new five-year extension. What do I have to worry about?"
Hey Mike, I'd worry about shooting 26%, no boards, too many turnovers and a single digit scoring average. But hey that's just me.

Expectations from his five-year, nearly $45 million contract extension come to mind, but Dunleavy insists he doesn't feel pressured to justify his new deal. Still, there seems to be an inverse relationship between dollar signs and initial performance when it comes to richly rewarded Warriors.

Jason Richardson signed his $70 million extension the day before the season started last year, then shot 30.4 percent his first three games and needed six quarters to hit his first perimeter jump shot.

Troy Murphy signed his $58 million deal the same night as Richardson and missed 5 of 6 free-throw tries in the season opener. Then he dropped a 1- for- 14 shooting effort against Utah the next game and was roundly booed.
I'm praying that Mikey's slow start is the same as JRich and TMurph and he pulls out of his funk. Otherwise trade him, he's hurting the team more than helping.


At 4:41 PM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

Dunleavy fans can't have it both ways.

He gets praise for being so calm about contract negotiations and unlike JRich and Murphy last season not making "demands". 50 million for a scrub seems like a ridiculous demand, but regardless Dunleavy got props for letting things come to him.

Now he's off to a slow as mollasses start and Dunleavy fans are jumping to his rescue saying that he's nervous about the new expectations and contract.

Be consistent.

At 10:37 PM, Blogger YaoButtaMing said...

He'll be fine. I mean he has too! He's on my fantasy bball team dammit :)

takes time let him grow. He did well at the end of last season so i think Dunleavy will come around. I'd like to see this line-up:

J Rich

I know its small but those are they best players.


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