Speedy Claxton is the Hofstra product and current Warriors scout who advised the team to make the play on Charles Jenkins, fellow Hofstra product and incredibly shitty waste of a roster spot. Bob Myers is the Wasserman Group agent for Jeremy Tyler who advised the Warriors to spend millions on an EXTRA second round pick, thereby using an additional roster spot and $650K in cap room up on nothing.
Total: more than $1 million in cap space and two wasted roster spots.
Additional dumb moves: Earl Barron, Ish Smith, and Nate Robinson. That is, unless you think Nate Robinson is better than Jeremy Lin these days as a two way catalyst and point guard. I think they're both irrelevant 9 times out of 10 in a meaningful game against a quality opponent but Lin just boat-raced an aging Lakers team to a packed Friday night MSG crowd so this is, indeed, his sunshine party. Live it up, give him all the noise you can.
Stephen Curry is FUMING about the whole thing, apparently. This was supposed to be his national (international!) coming out party, still 3 years waiting. First Coach K likes his brother Seth better than him, now this?! Rough life for GQ StatPad. The most recent move the Warriors made in the wake of the Knicks signing Lin was to sign Chris Wright from the D League. And not play him at all. The Yao Ming Rockets let Lin go to pursue the global/MSG hype (IMMEDIATE announcement of the Yao-Lin mentorship this week). Darryl Morey immediately made an unequivocal statement of regret about letting Lin go. Full positivity, no negative snark, Lin-bashing, or "team plan" excuse making at all. He just quickly, efficiently, and openly said he missed the guy and had made a mistake. Totally professional and positive in every way.
The point, despite a fresh round of Dwight Howard Pipedreaming and Corporate Group blame dissolution:
Jeremy Lin has been nothing but available to the in-the-know local talent geniuses, if Joe Lacob indeed knew all that he claims he knew about Lin's incredible "improvement" and could make the tough calls to get the necessary pieces in line to win and compete for a title. Let me know when Jeremy Lin is being sized for his ring. Joe Lacob demands his own ring as well, while you're at it, as payment for scouting the Knicks' starting backcourt.
A consistent explanation of the Lin cut has cropped up via the usual team media outlets.
The team blames the Lin cut on the (failed) DeAndre Jordan offer sheet.
Besides this being complete horseshit, this talk point has one important Warriors Mythology consequence:
No more media cycle noise about serious plays on Chandler. The Tyson Chandler offer was never made.
Now go ahead and trust these idiots to build a contender. Go right ahead.
According to a dedicated reader's notes on Lacob's most recent KNBR interview February 9, Joe Lacob said himself he "received lots of reports this summer about Lin working on his shot" in the midst of trying to cover his ass for not being on the Linsanity gravy train right now. Lacob has also been an active responder to emails from fans (you can email him any time, he claims, at email@example.com) and, in general, his responses employ a consistently paternalistic tone fans can hear in any KNBR interview or read for themselves in any interview with local coverage.
Now, here is where it gets incredibly interesting according to this dedicated reader (who is a rock solid team insider even if s/he won't go on the record with me- which, frankly, only makes her/him even more credible if you think about it. I'm a fucking lunatic). Similar comments of the typically snarky, condescending, "I know everything about basketball you moron" Joe Lacob/Lacob & co. tone showed up in a Matt Steinmetz column comments section after the most recent embarrassing Warriors display:
RaymondCookThe reader interpreted these comments thusly:
You obviously don't understand the game, the team, or the business side of things. Is it frustrating to watch the Warriors lose games they should win...absolutely, but to make the claims you're making is nowhere near warranted. First off..yes Lin has improved, but without a perimeter game he'll get played the same Rondo is and he isn't the athlete Rondo is. He definitely put in work this summer, but Jenkins is already better prepared to be a PG in this league. That's the truth. Smith..I agree..I'd rather have Lin any day of the week, but Lin was cut to make room so we could make an offer at Jordan. If we didn't cut Lin we wouldn't have been able to make the offer we did. We couldn't cut our rookies from this year..or our draft pick last year in Udoh. All have too much value to the organization. Sure we could have amnestied Biedrins, but then if Clippers matched like they did, where would we be without a legitimate Center. Udoh will forever be a role player..never a starter. Kwame is trash and the Warriors would be even more painful to watch.
Curry and Monta are not the problem. Both have incredible assets this team needs. We just need better consistency out of our Center position and to be honest, better rotation management from the coach. I like Jackson still. He is a rookie coach and still makes rookie mistakes. His rotations are pathetic at times and with experience I hope to see that changing. I'm glad he's allowing Biedrins to play through early fouls now and at times including him in the gameplan. I wish he would go back to him in the post more other than just the first 2-3 possessions of the game. Biedrins feeds off that confidence and rhythm. Has he lost the team...not at all. They still believe in him and the system he is trying to incorporate. It takes awhile to adjust to new schemes. Is it going to be a let down year..well yes..but one that should make the organization panic, fire the coach, and trade away their best two players for over the hill vets or overrated youngsters..not at all. Stay patient and readdress needs this off-season. There's a ridiculous amount of quality free agents this season. Definitely able to make a move without destroying the core of the team. Steinmetz: Warriors Talk 2/6/12 (comment #7)
Trashing of players included to give it sense of authenticity -- but note that he doesn't trash Curry/Ellis/Lee. Udoh wasn't his pick and Kwame is gone next year, so no downside to throwing them under bus. Also starts out with same Lacob intro point on all criticism -- "you don't understand..." and an odd reference to business side of team (something Lacob brings up despite no one asking). Also random reference to a Celtic (Rondo) and strange reference to "work Lin put in this summer" -- something a team insider would know.The reader was comparing such comments to a Lacob email response posted in the Warriorsworld forum at about the same time:
you need to chill a bit... I do not mean that in an offensive manner. I hear you. Panic does not help.The reader seems to suggest that this "you" aperture is an important marker of some sort, though one can certainly make the case that this is a circumstantial similarity. But most all fans and media currently following the Lacob & co. work have sensed this snarky, combative tone from the Administrative Head Leader, Joe Lacob, and most are wondering why the guy is so shaky and uptight about all this stuff. Is he this desperate for approval and this insecure ALREADY about comparisons to Chris Cohan? Folks can sense the internal dissension reaching a fever pitch already, despite all the hot hype on executive hires and arena experience "improvements" (the arena experience is terrible, by the way, but as one fellow game-goer said to me the other night, "Hey, they brought the chopped salad back!" I didn't mention that they took the parking lot porta-johns out again). Etc.
We see everything you are citing. We are in process....of doing whatever we can. I can and will say no more. I know you must understand that response if you think about it.
I know you email me because you care. And that is a good thing. Thank you.
There are fingers pointing every which way in the Warriors offices and, in some of those offices, fingers and thumbs in and up a variety of orifices while the legitimate youth rebuilds around the league continue. When will it all blow up? The league graciously gave the Warriors the easiest first third schedule in the league. Now what? Ah, of course:
Wait until next year.
Jeremy Lin is not walking through that door.
The Knicks already came to Oakland this year.
According to LeagueThink today, there's no way li'l Steph Curry and the Woebegone Warriors could beat
Rock Star Jeremy Lin and the No Name Knicks now.