Not a head-scratcher
The GPII Little Big Man show fit in so perfectly because the the Warriors have been the Little Big Team for so long. The lost decades were about searching in vain for the mythical prototypical big man. But surprisingly stout guards, 'tweeners', and other unusuals with big hearts kept us going. (I'm thinking mostly Baron and J-Rich, but, hell, I still appreciate A. Jamison's bag around the basket.)
GPII is a HWFL because that made the other team say "Wait, he's not supposed to be doing that. Oh shit, there he goes again."
Also: Fuck Dillon Brooks.
I don’t know if this HWFL election will pass unscathed a Curry’s season WORST TS%, ppm, ast and tov against Portland. Hoping, indeed, that GP2 doesn’t dare scratch his head after dunking hard at Chase.
NBA 2022-23 strength of schedule for each team, broken down into four time periods. Higher numbers = easier schedule. Teams at the bottom have the toughest schedules
GSW middle of the pack: Starts easier. Gets a bit harder. Could be a lot worse *cough* Philly *cough*
Main gripe: 2nd most scheduled losses (when a tired team has to face a well-rested opponent, I learnt)
“Shaquille O'Neal says Warriors' Stephen Curry is 'by far' the best player in the world: 'I love that kid'”
As Alas Phood Fight pointed out, I really REALLY want the JP Heir to the Throne Timeline to unfold. In which case I hereby pre-Dub him... Heir Jordan.
PS, I don't mind if DNHQ puts that on a T-shirt so we get first dibs on any copyrights if it happens!
Not to be a Debbie Downer (Waaa-waaa-waaahh), but I would be very interested to see a DubNation Poll of Pick 3. You get Klay, Dray, Wiggs & Poole. Pick 3. Explain. In my own book, Klay isn't in the discussion, it's pick 2 of 3, Dray, Wiggs & Poole. But I think someone needs to make a case for moving on from Klay as a matter of course. So it should be open to all 4. It's a gut wrenching exercise, but Bob can't do everything by himself. 4 players, four options, all unpleasant. Starting to sound like a family dinner already.
A LOT of Golden State and Santa Cruz connections with this roster- Jeremy Pargo, Eli Pemberton, Kendall Smith and Patrick McCaw all vying for an AmeriCup roster spot
(2022 USA Mens Americup Team training camp)
First I heard of this. Steph has filed to trademark “Night Night”.
Random youtube video I ran across today: Why Donte DiVincenzo Is The Bucks Secret Weapon.
This year the NBA introduced the MVP award for the Conference Finals, and the inaugural winners were Stephen Curry and Jayson Tatum.
The people at Thinking Basketball did a podcast (4 part) deciding who they (and their Discord group) thought would have won those awards if they existed all the way back to 2000.
When they finished the West, they had awarded Curry all five of the MVPs from the 2015-2019 run. Added to the real one this year, he has six and the nearest contender has four (Kobe).
I wish every nutball who claimed that Steph shrinks in big games would listen to this: https://is.gd/Ig7rPi
IF ... Andre decides to not return - is there any chance the Warriors bring in Avery Bradley?
OT: Joe Viray spotted Steph going “Night Night” to the Nuggets bench … in the midst of dribbling the ball upcourt (he *lets go of the dribble* to do it, lolz) with the play, the game, and the series still very much in doubt. Disrespectful AF 😂
Congrats to GPII!
I still feel like we tend to be a bit of a prisoner of the moment with players like GPII and Damian Lee.
It will be interesting to see how GPII does when he actually has high expectations going into the season. There were absolutely zero expectations for him coming in as the 15th player this past season. He worked hard, and everything positive he did was a huge bonus!
This season he's being listed as a dark horse DPOY candidate, will likely either start or be the first player off the bench for Portland, and is likely to be expected to play significant minutes. Will his offensive limitations finally catch up with him, or will it not matter so much when playing next to Lillard? Will other teams start to respect him a bit more, and thus neutralize his impact a bit? Will he be able to be as effective when he's playing on a bad defensive team instead of surrounded by other great defenders? It will be very interesting to watch.
As has been discussed on here before, very few if any players have actually done better after leaving the Warriors than they did with the team. Kerr and Co. really seem to know how to get the best out of players. I'm really curious to see how that will play out with GPII. I'm definitely wishing him the best. It would be great for him to help Portland have some real success up there.
“Time and Perspective” Sir I must object. I don’t have a horse in the Spellman/Clark races. But as a fan sitting on the couch with a drink in my hand, relaxed among my fellow fans, I have to ask what, what, Sir, is this Perspective? There is only the long now, the reaction, the emotion, and then the wistful memories. Let’s not corrupt the past with perspective.
California Dreamin’: Is Moses Moody Ready to Step Into a Key Role With the Warriors? by Jackson Frank
Since it's silly season and I'm bored:
What call do you want to hear from Fitz and Kelenna next season and why?
My two starter samples:
Fitz: Poole to Peanut Butter and Jelly for the dunk!
Kelenna to Fitz: What's after Splash Quintuplets?