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Just reported on news: Warriors owners and players will be donating a million dollars to keep paying hourly workers at Chase. Also will use the Warriors foundation for further support. WAAARRIORRS!!

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So much talk about washing hands, how about wear those disposable clear cooking gloves when we go outside? That'll also remind ourselves not to touch our face. They are cheap and no shortage.

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Mar 13, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Well, my kids' school district (in Marin County) just closed. These next two weeks may involve a decent amount of me working from home. As a stressed-out accountant, I really hope they extend the deadline without penalties. Our office is moving away from in-person appointments starting today.

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Same, we just got notification that a lot of our site visit requirements will be waived by regulators this year. Seems like everyone is being understanding about flex schedule given the craziness

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Oakland Unified School District just shut down for the next 3 weeks.

Stay safe folks!

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Mar 13, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Well down the list of concerns, but I'm sorry to the staff of this site because this has been about the least favorable conditions possible to starting your own site. Godawful team and suspended season. At least we had that one Curry game.

The top of this draft was already going to be difficult due to no one standing out and guys like Wiseman and Ball not playing as much, but it just got even more unpredictable without any tournament info.

Also, I saw a video of a packed Post Malone concert last night, and people need to understand that doing stuff like that is basically committing murder at this point. Stay the fuck away from other people, this isn't a game.

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You are correct that it is a crap environment for starting the site, except we had one thing going for us. From Week 1 we had a freaking awesome community of commenters and readers, mostly due to our collective work growing it at GS*M.

I am genuinely, deeply thankful for that, and I’m so glad I got to share this weird season with you all.

And you know I’m not saying that to kiss your butts, because that is against CDC recommendations at this time.

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You're a friggin' treasure, Apricot.

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I’m about to post a thread with a basketball question for you, but I will keep updating this thread with breaking news, and I encourage you to keep using this thread to discuss the news of the day.

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Added Hollinger piece on finishing the season.

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I would trade Wiggins for Rudy... I don’t think I would trade Dray for him

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Come on bro. You can’t be serious. A lineup of Curry, Klay, Wiggins, paschall and Gobert (And a good bench) would easily win the West. How do you not see this? We would still need another secondary ball handler ( maybe use TPE for Rubio or iguodala) and we will be the favorites once again.

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Gobert is on a $25mil contract this season. Wouldn't fit under the TPE, and we aren't allowed to send salary back in any deal that we apply the TPE to.

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Honestly, while I can appreciate his heartfelt apology about his jackassery, and the fact that he is a bit of an accidental hero in the fight to get people to take COVID-19 seriously, I don't want that guy near our team. The Jazz players are right to be bothered by him right now.

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yeah acting like an idiot and then apologizing for it is better than no apology - but not acting stupid would have been vastly preferable

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Iguodala at 36 isn't worth it.Rubio is just a pass first PG which is what draymond essentially does. We need a shooting threat at PG position.. in my opinion Rubio is what Poole is now offensively with more experience.

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Rubio is a much better passer than Green. He’s as good of a backup point guard as you can get. Averaging 13,5,9 in 31 minutes. Who cares if he can’t shoot (leave the shooting to curry , klay and Wiggins) , Livingston couldn’t either bland Rubio is bette than him.

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Livingston had a flawless midrange game. Do u know how much Rubio gets paid? His salary is $16m. You really wanna pay that for a backup PG. Wiggins is shooting below league average. 33%. Being a backup PG means he won't even be on the court with curry. So u want to leave klay with 2 bad shooters. Hope u know klay doesn't even know how to split a double team till now.. He isn't used to being doubled. I'll rather draft Halliburton and hope he develops fast. We played bell in the WCF in 2018 as a rookie..My choice is never Rubio. There is a reason jazz told him he was surplus to their needs.

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I think Rubio would be great with Curry/Klay on the floor. But if not Rubio , then tpe must be used to get a secondary ball handler. Maybe somebody like Dennis Schroeder , although I doubt okc will let him go. And I think Wiggins is an underrated shooter. With Curry/Klay on the floor, I believe Wiggins will shoot 36% from 3.

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Dude now you're saying Rubio would be better than Dray?!?! Defense is half the game. I'm not sure if you're just anti-Draymond or what but these takes are getting hotter by the post. Rubio can't shoot, and is not gonna start, so how is he more valuable to this team than a foundational piece like Dray? Doesn't add up at all...

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Rubio is 6'5. They basically got rid of Dlo because they don't want klay at 3. We are already smaller than the L.A teams. With all due respect we should be thinking of getting bigger and not smaller ..

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Could we use the trade exception on Rudy? Seems like Utah would want to turn the page on him. If this is what it took to get America to notice. It could have been so much worse.. imagine if they played for another few weeks and half the league had it. They where lucky to catch it very early on.

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That's a non-starter. His salary won't fit.

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I would trade draymond for Rudy Gobert in a heartbeat. If the jazz hate Gobert after this situation, I think they would accept the deal.

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Draymond is better than Gobert on both ends and fills a much more coveted role (the smallball 5).

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You are foolish. Gobert is a much better interior defender than draymond. No he can not guard the perimeter but we have Wiggins and klay for that (and possibly other guys). Get your head out of your ass. Small ball is no longer coveted when you have to win a championship, you have to go through Lebron , Anthony Davis , Giannis and Embiid. Most dominant players in the game. Draymond cannot handle these dudes if he couldn’t even handle siakam. Gobert is the answer, who is also an elite lob threat and can pass out of the high and mid post like Bogut. Goberts all star days are ahead of him, Draymonds all star days are finished. Get with the times and stop living in the past.

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Gobert can't guard 40% of the league (1s and 2s) so not sure what you're even arguing. Draymond CONSISTENTLY shuts down AD (watch the old pels series again if you forgot). Your arguments seem to be based on surface level stats and an idea of defense that ignores the team aspect and that defense is not simply the sum of its parts. I'll stop debating you since your arguments seem to focus on the other person's intelligence and not any real or substantial basketball arguements.

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We don’t need draymond or Gobert to guard the perimeter. That’s what klay and Wiggins are for. And draymond does not shut down Anthony Davis. You are lying through your teeth now and nothing you say from here can be trusted. That’s like saying Delladova Or van vleet shuts downs Stephen Curry. You are as delusional as those people. Anthony Davis averaged 28 and 13 baby he warriors in the 2018 series. The warriors won simply because they had too much firepower. Simple put, Gobert is a better interior defender than draymond. I think you must be Draymonds burner account LMAO.

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Hi Omar,

We warned you about personal attacks 2 hours prior to this post (where you say someone is "lying through their teeth" rather than use actual stats to support your point).

You may be new to our community, but we have fairly strict standards when it comes to the quality of interactions. Again, do not make personal attacks. Support your points with statistical evidence, videos, whatever. But "nuh uh, you lie" is not a very fun or informative way to discuss our favorite team together.

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Mar 13, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Dude some of the stuff you are saying makes some sense but it's drowned out by your continuous need to insult people. You can make your point without calling people dumb or delusional, or that people are lying. Or if you can't you probably need to find another place to put your opinions. We're all dubs fans here and there's no need for all that. I wish this was Dray's burner but I somehow doubt he'd be as calm in reacting to your insults as I am. In response to your actual basketball comment "We don’t need draymond or Gobert to guard the perimeter. That’s what klay and Wiggins are for." We run a switch-everything defense, so the 5 ends up guarding the perimeter all the time, if we have a 5 that can't guard the perimeter, we have to switch our whole defensive scheme. We can't simply say "here klay and wiggins, guard the whole perimeter no matter what action the other team runs". I agree that Gobert is a better "rim-protector", but unlike Dray, there are potential matchups when he's either unplayable or at least a liability, Dray has no such matchups b/c he's truly versatile enough to guard 1-5.

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Your childish trolling devalues your opinion. That's twice you've gone ad hominem in this thread. It's not welcome.

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I had to reply because it won't let me like your post more than once.

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Draymond can guard 1-5 and guard the perimeter much better than Rudy, also he scores less but I would argue is overall a better offensive player too (led warriors in assists last 5 years). Plus he had amazing chemistry with our core already, has proven to step up in big moments, and can handle the ball even play point. Plus gobert genuinely seems like an immature asshat sometimes. But that's just me

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You’re dumb. Gobert is a much better player than draymond. And Gobert is younger.

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Formal warning: No personal attacks please.

Also, it makes for better conversation if you support your articles with actual data - how is Gobert a "much better player than Draymond"?

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Mar 13, 2020Liked by punk basketball

I think people often view blocks as the pinnacle of defense since they're visible and highlight worthy and have trouble seeing more subtle and less "stat-driven" defense like running the defense while on the floor, switching well, containing drives, recovering to shooters, etc. Ironically I think Draymond suffers a similar fate on the offensive side where "offense" gets equated directly to scoring, and assisting/ball handling/running the offense gets ignored as it's less measurable.

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Mar 13, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Hi there, I'm not dumb, I'm actually pretty intelligent and we just have different opinions. I don't think Gobert is a much better player, and I highlighted the reasons why. I also don't think he's a better fit for this team, I also highlighted the reasons why. If you'd like to convince me I'm wrong in a mature way that doesn't resort to simply insulting my character, I'd welcome it.

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Nah. Dray is a key to our offense as well as the anchor for the defense. Rudy can only do part of that.

If you want to trade someone else, it's not impossible.

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I don’t *think* GSW would take that, but maybe I underestimate how important they feel a big shot blocker is. But it feels to me like Gobert can be played off the court by smallball.

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Let's just go and get Christian wood and play him as a back up stretch 4. He is an unrestricted F.A this summer

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Small ball? Ever heard of Anthony Davis, Embiid and Giannis? Elite dominant bigs are making a return. Rockets are playing small ball because their cheapskate owner wanted to reduce his tax bill so he forced Morrey to trade Capella.

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Interesting, I wonder how Gobert did against those guys. Genuine question...

- AD went off pretty well against UTA twice. But LAL is a juggernaut.

- Embiid dropped 27 one game, then Gob got the better of Emb in the rematch, holding Emb to 16 on 5-13

- Giannis scored 30 on Gob on 10-22 in the first game, but UTA won. Gob missed the rematch and Giannis dropped 50(!)

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You can’t stop dominant players like AD, Lebron , Giannis and Embiid, buy you can make it tough on them and make them think twice. Gobert with Curry, Klay and Wiggins would be awesome both offensively and defensively. And the Lakers would be the toughest matchup but keep in mind that the Lakers beat the jazz easily due to lack of offense from the jazz. That would not be the case with the warriors. Switch out draymond for Gobert and the warriors would matchup better with the Lakers.

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