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I would also like to add that had Jordan Poole not missed a layup at 6:47 Q4, the score would have been 100-100, Bogey wouldn’t have hit a three the other way, you got a Steph coming in next possession. Instead, Hawks gain momentum, go up 103-98, and things go south.

Why can’t a missed layup be the problem? Btw the airball by Damion after that irked me. Why does it have to be the latest investor in GSW LLC? Why does there have to be some environmental thing and implications that Myers has a problem with Kerr?

A young player missed a layup and a rotation player airballed. Our star has a hurt tailbone and nobody else aside from said kid who missed the layup can make a bucket in crunch time. Atlanta is pretty damned talented, to top it off. Why does it have to be more than that?

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Something is off with the franchise beyond the players and possibly a lack of familiarity with system and opponents. What we are witnessing sees to be a larger issue related to environment and coaching IMHO.

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Environment: Learning environment, positive environment, negative environment, winning environment and the pressure that comes with it, losing environment and the pressure or lack of that comes with it. The environments that are in and around an organization from players to owners can impact performance, discipline and morale in positive and negative ways. The team appears to be headed in the wrong direction in regards to focus, sometimes effort, fouling, consistent messaging and lastly winning. Frustration seems to be consistent and growing recently. Something seems off. Where does it stem from? The team looks to be getting worse. Not better. Hope they do get better.

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I’m glad you expounded. I’m sorry if I sounded negative to you earlier or anyone on here. What happened with KD helped amplify to me that social media (this website could be considered a form of social media) can lead you down the wrong path sometimes.

Anyways, I would say that the environment is strong. Bob Myers described the culture two Fridays ago. Hopefully this link is correct: https://youtu.be/pahdovZtIuo

The GSW environment is the one thing that is rock solid. Sure, there may be youngsters learning and struggling 7’1” centers who never got a training camp or year of NCAA development, but the one thing that holds up is the positivity there, the hard work, and constant encouragement. It might even be *too* encouraging, I’m starting to think (like, does Popovich once in awhile yell at his young guys? Kerr probably won’t due to the fragility of this era’s ballers).

Anyways, that’s all I can say for now: ironically, the GSW culture is the one bedrock amid all this losing, injuries, protocols.

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No worries Commish. Keep doing you and glad we have a wealth of content to absorb.

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Nah. Though I hear you regarding 'environment' There is a reason people like James Harden are having great years. The highly technical guys who don't rely on energy and spirit are doing well. Others, who feed off the crowd to get going...less so. Many good teams have had issues with motivation, focus. We just happen to be watching one team in particular. TBH...defense around the league has been sub par due to a certain subdued feel to these games. For a team that, as Kerr said, was going to "hang their hat on defense' this has been an issue.

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What?!?! Lol sorry I completely disagree. It’s basketball. Jordan Poole makes a layup, it’s a completely different game. Damion Lee doesn’t airball a wide open three, it’s a totally different ball game. Certain guys gotta play better. You guys sometimes go off on these conspiracy theories, you’re so far removed from the organization, it’s silly to me. It just is.

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Conspiracy theory is a stretch. That sounds like I’ve said something on the level of Mark Jackson is happening. All I said was it appears something is off. And yes, I’m not around the team. Just seems like something is off. Didn’t mean to offend you.

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You offend me when you plant seeds of doubt to the readers of comments without providing actual facts.

“Appears something is off” is really not a strong argument, nor does it explore what you’re actually thinking.

And then your follow up sarcasm below “ok carry on, everything looks fine”. Come on, man. It’s basketball. So of course I’m offended.

Add value, please. If you have a criticism, be constructive and back it up with facts. Don’t be doing Twitter stuff on our website where people just come up with stuff because they’re angry from the losses and then ridicule the writer with superfluous sarcasm.

I’m a reporter, speak to me with facts and try not to misinform the public. If I wanted snark as a way to consume GSW content, I’d be on Twitter or Reddit.

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Hmmmm. I pay money to read ...this?

Nice company you keep, Apricot.

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My original comment had absolutely no snark in it. Heck, I even added a IMHO. I know you are a reporter. LOVE YOUR WORK. You actually are the one who jumped on my original comment. This is the first time I have had an author on here or GSOM ever jump on me. And I’ve been on here since it started as well GSOM for years. Yes, you were offended by me saying something seems off. And then I apologize and say I didn’t mean to offend you and you jump on me again. I’ll try to add more value in the future. But again, IMHO, you are way off base with my original comment. It was a basic comment of concern about something seems off. Literally no offensive words, conspiracy rant or anger. From my view you are angry with what you possible have to deal with on Twitter and then put that on me.

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First off idk who turned off comments on this post. I just turned them back on.

Look, when you post anonymously on a public forum, people are gonna disagree and because I have no idea who you are, things can go south. Therefore, if you post on here and idk who you are and you come up with what I think are bad takes, then I will argue against that bad take. It is unfair of you to suddenly say, “Oh I’m a paid subscriber and Eric, your colleague sucks.” It is what it is, man.

Now as to your point, like I said, there is no “environmental issue” which put together with other stuff that’s been posted as theories on here, makes me think you guys think Myers and Kerr have some problem. They do not, there has been zero evidence of that.

Is there more that I’m supposed to say? I don’t get it. I get attacked on here and it’s okay. When I take down bad takes, it’s not okay. Tell me what I’m doing wrong?

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Okay, carry on. Everything looks fine.

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Yeah I don't get it. Didn't anyone look at, say, the player projections on fivethirtyeight? Or listen to the prognosticators who thought we looked like a fringe playoff team? We are who most experts thought we would be. Our wings are castoffs, our center a rookie, our bench either guys who have peaked (Baze, Loon, the dearly departed Wanamaker) or end of the bench, developmental types (Mannion, Poole, Smiley). Meyers SAID this was an 'intermediate' year. They knew they didn't have the shooting.

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Curry seems real happy these days. Wonder if he missed what ESPN projected as well?

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“ Real happy”? I would disagree with that label. Did you watch any of his postgame Q&As we posted?

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Commish, no, he does not look happy.

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Edit: seems

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What is off is expectations.

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How? What is your specific conspiracy theory?

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Here's some food for thought: A private equity firm just ponied up $240+ million for a 5% stake in the dubs. Investing that type of money into anything doesn't happen without due diligence... any hint of a basketball coach's decisions being made by people who don't have any business making those decisions would be a huge red flag. As does anything else that doesn't seem right...

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Lol I can’t even, sorry guys. I’m not even gonna answer these outlandish claims. You guys are weird, sorry. These are baseless. Myers and Kerr are good, tight, on the same page. Nuff said. Tbh I’m kinda disappointed in you two but whatever.

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Weird that I think a $260* million investment involved investors doing research (including how things are run on the basketball side of things) on the company they just poured a boatload of cash into? 🤷

*math was wrong originally... 5% of $5.5b valuation

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