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Warriors’ Mark Jackson delivers, even as ownership tries to undermine his success

By TED SILLANPAA The Warriors are closing in on the Portland Trail Blazers in for the NBA Western Conference’s fifth playoff spot. They can finish this regular season with more victories than any Golden State team in the last 20, 25 seasons. They’ve got a group that seems to get along and accept the way their told to play their brand of exciting and entertaining basketball. Head coach Mark Jackson’s in the news for … what? He doesn’t get along… Read More »

These Warriors inferior to last spring’s Warriors

By TED SILLANPAA The Golden State Warriors are in the seventh seeded spot in the NBA Western Conference playoff race, just a half-game out of the eighth and final spot. That shouldn’t surprise anyone because these Warriors are no better, and might be significantly less talented, than the team that squeaked into the postseason a year ago. Fans and the media got caught up in the thrilling playoff series win over the Denver Nuggets. Then, when the young Warriors were… Read More »

Here’s how the Warriors can add talent, depth to roster

By Ted Sillanpaa The Golden State Warriors didn’t land Dwight Howard, but the addition of Andre Iguodula gives them a team rich in perimeter talent and adds a gritty rebounder-defender who can take on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, etc. The Warriors do have some ability to add players even without money available under the salary cap. They picked up two Trade Player Exceptions from Utah in the salary-dump deal. The TPEs could enable the Warriors to deal them… Read More »

Howard’s agent says Dwight hasn’t made decision; Iguodula to Warriors

By TED SILLANPAA The Golden State Warriors have reportedly made a deal to unload Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush in a salary dump with the Utah Jazz in order to make a four-year, $48 million agreement with free agent Andre Iguodala. Yahoo! Sports first reported the Iguodula contract and other media outlets have confirmed it. A first round selection in what is anticipated to be a 2014 draft rich in talent also goes to Utah. However, the USA Today and San… Read More »

Report: Warriors have trade partners to clear salary, sign Dwight Howard

By TED SILLANPAA ESPN reported that the Golden State are desperately trying clear salary so that they can sign Dwight Howard as a free agent without a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Veteran NBA writer Peter Vescey reported on Twitter that a source told him that the Warriors have found two teams willing to take on the salaries of centers Andrew Bogut and Andris Biedrins and that of forward Richard Jefferson. If Vescey’s source is correct, the Warriors… Read More »

Seth Curry’s injury problems make him unlikely to land with Warriors

By TED SILLANPAA My middle son became a rabid Duke men’s basketball fan in about, oh, 1992. Since then, I’ve followed the Blue Devils more closely than any basketball team on earth. I started to share his interest and became the two of us just loving Duke hoops like we also love Notre Dame football. So, given that I saw more of Seth Curry as a senior at Duke than I did Steph Curry in his breakout season with the… Read More »

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose encourages Dwight Howard to consider Golden State Warriors

By TED SILLANPAA I heard ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose say on his podcast that if he were free agent center Dwight Howard he would call the Golden State Warriors and try to become the final piece of what appears to be a championship puzzle. Rose acknowledged that there are other teams that will court Howard, but said that the Warriors have a great organization with great fans and a style that opens things up in the middle for Howard… Read More »

Pivot play has changed with players in NBA, rest of basketball

Readers have discussed the importance of quality pivot play, the need for an offensive threat at the center position in the NBA. When one asked me what I thought about the state of pivot play and how it got to where it is today … my response seemed like something worth sharing. — TED By TED SILLANPAA Pivot play has changed as has the game of basketball. The game doesn’t revolve around a dominant center … hasn’t for years. The… Read More »

Either 3-pointers fall or Warriors will go down on Thursday

By TED SILLANPAA Mark Jackson’s inspired pep talks won’t save the Warriors. The club won’t suddenly develop a low-post offense that allows them to really grind it out in the halfcourt to beat the Spurs with layups and free throws. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson can’t defend more than one player apiece so Golden State’s defensive shortcomings aren’t going away, particularly when Jarrett Jack has played brilliantly offensively while offering nothing on the the defensive end. Jackson won’t do it,… Read More »

Warriors turned ball over, shot poorly … still won Game 4 to prove they can make a miracle

By TED SILLANPAA Magic Johnson spent ABC’s halftime show reading the Warriors postseason obituary. It was hard to imagine Golden State, with Stephen Curry hobbled and foul troubles haunting the bigs, beating the Spurs Sunday or any other day. In fact, Magic said, “The shots aren’t falling for the Warriors. When the shots are falling, they can beat anybody. Jump-shooting teams just don’t win championships.” The Warriors wound up making just 38 percent of their shots in Game 4, and… Read More »