I’m not the only writer who thinks the Warriors are better than 25-30 wins this season. Steven Resnick at bleacherreport.com lambasts Yahoo! Sports’ Kelly Dwyer in this Warriors season preview article, because Dwyer predicted a 25-win season for Golden State in his season preview. Here’s a nice excerpt from Resnick’s article:
As I began to read I realized that Dwyer is clueless. Although, he did have some good points in terms of Chris Cohan being the worst owner in the NBA, but besides that how can you take him seriously? When reviewing the injuries Brandan Wright he called him Brandan White! When talking about Stephen Curry, he spelled his name Stephan Curry. How does Dwyer not know the players he’s supposedly reviewing to predict where the Warriors are going to end up? As for his actual prediction he stated that the Warriors would win 25 games! That means the Warriors would lose 57 games this year. Interesting I’m really confused how the Warriors suddenly got worst then they were last year.”
Resnick then goes on to explain why he thinks the Warriors are better than last season and will win 35-38 games in 2009-10. Resnick makes some pretty good arguments. Here’s the link: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/279210-kelly-dwyers-prediction-on-golden-state-is-just-laughable
Apparently, Warriors rookie point guard Stephen Curry has a mentor and buddy in Chris Paul. Good company to keep, Stephen. This article by Matt Steinmetz tells you all about it. A good snippet from the article:
When Curry was drafted there were questions about whether he was a point guard or two guard. Well, if the preseason has proven anything it’s that playing the one comes pretty easily to him. He led the Warriors in assists despite not playing a ton of minutes. “He can play either,” Paul said. “He shoots it well enough to be a shooting guard but handles it well enough to be a point guard. With their team, who’s to say who’s what? The five-man can bring the ball upcourt.”
Here’s a link to the article: http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/10/25/stephen-curry-has-a-fan-in-chris-paul/
A couple article about the Warriors’ open practice yesterday (apparently there was a big turnout – about 4,000 fans – who gave Monta Ellis the loudest ovation):
From the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/x-24396-Golden-State-Warriors-Examiner~y2009m10d26-Thousands-turn-out-for-Warriors-open-practice
From the San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/warriors/detail?&entry_id=50357
There are a couple articles out there about the backcourt pairing of Curry and Ellis in the starting lineup. Don Nelson says that with both players’ ability to run and shoot, that the Warriors will be creating mismatches that opponents will have to adjust to.
From the San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/24/SPIE1AA7HD.DTL
From the San Jose Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/warriors/ci_13636879
Finally here’s a link to the San Francisco Chronicle’s season preview: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/27/SP931AAQ1D.DTL, and a look at the Chronicle’s “Keys to Warriors’ success”: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/26/SPFP1AAR2Q.DTL
In other NBA news, terrible news out of L.A. This is so unfair for Clippers fans, so typical for the Clippers organization: stud rookie forward Blake Griffin, the top pick in this year’s draft, could miss 6 weeks after breaking his kneecap. From ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4597949
Also, just found this very informative, interesting Warriors season preview from ESPN’s True Hoop Network: http://www.warriorsworld.net/true-hoop-network-warriors-season-preview/
ESPN’s Marc Stein has the Warriors ranked 24th in his latest NBA power rankings. Here’s what he wrote about the team:
Sad but true: Until Stephen Jackson is traded, pretty much all you’re going to hear out of the Bay Area are Jack stories, no matter how much promise we see from A-Randolph, Steph Curry and Morrow.
Here’s the link to the rankings: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/powerranking?season=2010&week=0
A nice look back at Stephen Curry when he was at Davidson, from the Sports Illustrated vault: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1127658/index.htm
Anyway, that’s enough reading to keep you busy all day.
The NBA tips off officially tonight. If you want to watch, there are two games on TV tonight, both on TNT: the Cavaliers host the Celtics at 4:30 p.m., and the Lakers “host” the Clippers (with no Blake Griffin … sigh) at 7:30 p.m. Also, NBA League Pass has a free preview for the first couple weeks of the season. Check with your cable provider about access. Enjoy!