Thursday, January 26, 2006

Chad Ford on the Warriors

ESPN.com's Chad Ford gave a pretty objective and fair analysis of the Warriors in his online chat today.
Atma Brother #1 (Golden State Warriors BLOG): Please tell Warriors Nation we're not headed to the lottery.... AGAIN!

Chad Ford: (12:11 PM ET ) I was high on them in the pre-season, but after watching them a lot and given the Artest trade, I think they're going to finish at the bottom of the Pacific again. I think Chris Mullin made a major mistake by not aquiring Artest. I think the Warriors would've preferred to get two young players like Diogu and Pietrus. I know Mullin feels that they both have a lot of upside, but at some time you have to decide that your franchise is going to more than a farm team ... you have to actually win. Artest was a great fit for that team and I think Mullin overvalued his young guys. In two or three years, they may look back and Diogu and Pietrus will be great players. But, another two years of missing the playoffs and Mullin may not have a job.
I'm with Chad on missing out on Artest. It was a colossal mistake that was exacerbated by Ron going to the division rival Sacramento Kings. The Kings gave up an All Star in Peja and Mullin was not ready to give up anyone on the roster aside from Baron and JRich? Artest gives the Kings a pretty solid lineup when healthy:

PG: Mike Bibby
SG: Bonzi Wells
SF: Ron Artest
PF: Shareef Abdur-Rahim
C: Brad Miller

The Kings starting frontline is vastly superior to the Warriors threesome of Dunleavy-Murphy-Foyle. Although not at the Boom-Rich level the Kings' backcourt is solid and clutch (Bibby). Look for the Kings to beat up on the Warriors in the 3 games left between the two Northern California squads this season. The Pacific Division could have 4 teams in the Western conference playoffs (Suns, Clippers, Lakers, Kings). That's just embarrassing for the Warriors who are 1 game out of the Pacific division cellar and showing no signs of life.

Ford made an excellent point about the Warriors being a farm team. At some point you have to stop worrying about how good your team is going to be in 3-4 years and play to win now. It's been 11 years since the Warriors made the playoffs. If every year is a "rebuilding year", you're doing something wrong. It's tough to buy that the Warriors young guns will ever be star players.

What are thoughts about Chad Ford's take on the Warriors?


5 Comments:

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Kirkkazas said...

Is that definitive about if the Warriors gave up Ike and Pietrus, Artest was a Warrior - but that Mully turned this offer down? Who did Indiana want? I would rather have Peja more than Ike, Pietrus, Murphy or whatever combination thereof; the man was an All-Star and when healthy can shoot the lights out though his defense needs work. The W's maybe never had as good a shot as the Kings since they offered up a former All-star in Peja.

I agree that the Warriors don't make the playoffs. Unless they play all out for four quarters which they haven't been able to do, things look bleak considering all the talent in the other playoff contenders.

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Kirkkazas said...

Glenn Dickey thinks the W's are better off without Artest at
GlennDickey.com

http://glenndickey.com/_gd.php?page=current

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

Thanks for the link kirkkazas.

I respect Glen's views, but I have to disagree with him. The Warriors need a serious infusion of developed talent at the 3, 4, and 5 spots. Artest was a huge upgrade over Dunleavy.

Talent > Chemistry

Also, if Monty can't coach Artest- who cares? He hasn't shown us that he's a keeper or a good NBA coach. Chances are the Warriors will have another coach by next season.

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Travis said...

mully really needs to get rid of goofy old monty...and now that artest is with the kings, heck he needs to upgrade the center and small forward spots fast..trade everyone except j-rich and b.diddy!!!

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger Basketbawful said...

No. No! NOOOOO!!

As a long time Pacers fan, let me assure you: the Warriors didn't miss out on anything. Artest will not make your team better. Ron Ron spent six years with the Pacers and only made the team better for one of them; he almost single-handedly wrecked the other five. There isn't a player you would least want to have on your team, trust me. The Kings will regret this move, mark my words. It's not going to end well. It can't.

 

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