Recapping Klay's '23 season with an eye to his future prospects.
Oh, Come-On....Klay IS A STAR. What does a guy have to do...leap over MT EVEREST...He has proven himself to be one of the greatest shooters/players of ALL TIME. Candidate for 1st TEAM ALL-NBA/HOFer every season, in my book. Last season was one his best ever; most TREB/g , to boot. So, he had a bad playoffs after an erratic, experimental, ing season. Reminds of getting on Barnes his last season. Without Klay's second-half performance we wouldn't have even been in the playoffs. Kerr has to coach... Nuff said.
Warriors sign Rudy Gay to a 1-year deal: https://www.nbcsportsbayarea.com/nba/golden-state-warriors/rudy-gay-contract/1658023/
Just noticed that Chris Paul is a GTD on the injury list for the first preseason game on 10/7. Anyone heard about an injury? It seems a little early for load management.
I think many fans don't have a realistic impression of how good Denver really is. With Jamal Murray healthy, this is a team that can beat you many ways and they showed it last year. No one could topple them. Are the Warriors really going to give them a run for their money during this season with their main issues of trying to squeeze an aging core, develop some chemistry outside of the starters, and simply develop and integrate their bench into the mix. I like what they've got but going deep into the playoffs is an exhausting endeavor and can anyone of their stars be better than they have been? That is a lot to hope for even for Steph.
An NBA season is a grueling affair. If you are healthy and have a high ceiling, you will improve your game. Does Klay have a high ceiling at this point in his career? Improvement areas can be efficiency scoring and shooting. He knows how to shoot. Can he pass and rebound better than his current career marks? This is very doubtful without a sacrifice to his scoring. He's a shooter. He is what he is and change is not in his future. Scoring is his role on the team. 20ppg is his level. Does he really need to improve on this?
Warriors family may be growing? I haven't gotten too into the WNBA yet, but this could be just what I need to spur the fandom: https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/38501062/warriors-deal-bring-wnba-expansion-team-bay-area-sources-say
I switched to NBA channel to see what was on for the 1st time in months & it happened to be a Warriors-Jazz game from last December. After about 5 minutes the screen has a message that I'm not allowed to watch due to some contractual legality ,,,,, for a game from 9 months ago. WTF
RE: poll. I think I might have selected 'all of the above' if it were an option. The only one I might waver on is C -- but even that seems at least partially true to me. It was too much to hope that Klay might do an Iguodala and come off the bench, both to allow the youngster to develop and to provide some needed firepower in that second unit.
The rest seem self-evident to me. I love Klay and when he's going good, he's elite. But he's always been streaky and now seems more willing to force it (and take bad shots) than I remember in the prime dynasty years. And his contract... well, let's just say that if we didn't love the guy so much, he wouldn't be making that kind of money. Overall, if he can move the ball a little and trust that it will find him again, and if he would catch and shoot and quit trying to get his own shot, the whole system would work much better.
I voted both B and D
Is it what he's supposed to say? Yeah. But main line that @#$@# straight into my veins.
Steph completing* sidequests
Edit: *more. Hole-in-one, walk off putt to win Golf Champion, Apple tv Documentary... What other sidequests has he unlocked this off-season?!
Listening to podcast, I'm enjoying all the Denver hype. Why? Cause I think the league is forgetting just how good the warriors are when locked in.
Pretty much everything that could go wrong last year went wrong yet they still were competitive in the 2nd round.
Can't wait to watch the 2024 version of this documentary with CP3 narrating about how he finally won his first championship.
Mike Dunleavy Jr. Speaks to Media Ahead of 2023-2024 Season | Golden State Warriors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF40_NB24eg
Coach Steve Kerr Speaks to Media Ahead of the 2023-24 Season | Golden State Warriors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA7mm5bpl9I
(This is what the quotes yesterday came from)
On a side note, I find it absolutely fascinating that the greatest bigs in NBA history were almost ubiquitously good to great passers. Kareem/Shaq/Garnett/Wilt/Malone/Hakeem/Russel/Jokic all had serious playmaking chops (the main exceptions were Duncan/Robinso/Norwitzki).
Still, considering that 8/11 GOAT bigs can pass the rock (73%), I’m genuinely confused why passing isn’t considered as fundamental an NBA big skill as rebounding/screening/rim protection.