Coming into the season, the Golden State Volcano Watch had narrowed to a sharp focus. Stephen Jackson was clearly the most likely Warrior to erupt, with Mount St. Ellis a distant second.
Bay Area residents had hoped that the recently dormant Anthony Randolph had permanently cooled, defused by two recent developments pertaining to head coach Done Nelson: pending retirement and a sit-down with the Parents Randolph.
The days of Nelson micromanaging his future star were supposedly over, now that Nelson had clearly taught Randolph whatever lessons he felt the young forward needed to learn. Plus, Nellie was no doubt softened by the Randolphs’ home cooking and sharing of embarrassing baby pictures.
But then the regular season started, and things took an ugly turn.