With the NBA offseason nearly underway, here’s a look at the three biggest issues the Warriors need to address this summer:
1. Point guard
Bill Walsh used to say that it was better to get rid of a player one year too early, rather than one year too late. Golden State, renowned for being a progressive organization, is way ahead of the curve on this one.
The Warriors do their best to make Walsh look sentimental, often letting go of their point guards several years too early. Taco Bell stays in your stomach longer than point guards stick around in Golden State. Tim Hardaway, Gilbert Arenas, and Baron Davis all left prematurely, and countless others have passed through Oakland over the years.
The Warriors will need someone with enough size to defend shooting guards, but also someone quick enough to keep up with greyhounds Monta Ellis, Anthony Morrow, and Anthony Randolph, who collectively weigh less than Danny Fortson.
2. An intervention for Corey Maggette
We all have co-workers who annoy us. There’s the guy next to you who coughs for four hours, but refuses to get a drink of water. Or the lady in accounting who announces every September that Christmas season just keeps starting earlier and earlier.
These people’s habits get on your nerves, and you go a little crazier each time. Eventually, you write them off as lost causes, and make a mental note never to invite them to happy hour.
In Oakland, Corey Maggette is that guy. Like most NBA players, Maggette has never met a shot he wouldn’t take. But Corey’s shot-to-pass ratio is usually a perfect 100%, which isn’t the best way to make friends in the workplace.
Eventually, the other Warriors are going to give up on Maggette and stop inviting him to happy hour. This would be tragic, since NBA happy hours aren’t quite like the ones at your office (unless you typically overhear things like, “I can’t fit all 3 of you in my Ferrari”).
3. Breathing exercises for Anthony Randolph
The most talented player on the Warriors roster is also the youngest, which led to a lot of pouting last season. Whenever Randolph was whistled for a foul or reprimanded by a coach, he’d immediately get upset and begin to hyperventilate like a kid getting grounded by his parents.
Randolph will be the Warriors’ youngest player again this season, but the team will be expecting much more out of him. Keeping Randolph calm (or at least focused) will be a major factor in determining the team’s success.
To keep Randolph settled this season, the Warriors may need to hang a mobile from the ceiling of the arena and sneak some warm milk into his Gatorade bottle.