Andris Biedrins raised questions about the Warriors medical staff, albeit tacitly—and in Latvian. I’m not saying Biedrins is right to eschew GSW medicine, but who can blame him? Warriors players get hurt while getting hurt. I’m not faulting the medical staff, but it would be reasonable for Andris to take his tendons elsewhere.
And it would also be reasonable for Warriors management to try a different avenue–in how they talk and act regarding the health issue. The negative fatalism of Cohan’s reign was what depressed, and the anemic basketball was a byproduct of that mentality. Warriors HQ’s favored media meme was how “unlucky” the GSW mash unit was. Every year. More proactivity, please.
Bad luck can lead to bad injuries, just as how bad luck can lead to bad losses. But the mentality of the Warriors boosters was to almost celebrate awful health in the way Nubians worship crocodiles. You could picture Rowell on the phone: “What is it…torn ACL? Out for the year? YESSSSSSS!”
Over the course of the Cohan era, you rarely, if ever, heard Robert Rowell confidently hold court on how GSW would keep players in jerseys. Where were the new training methods, new doctors, new staff? If health is all luck, then we wouldn’t have suffered through an agonizing, two-year national debate over health reform. Peter Guber can do much to change the Hegenberger culture. My preference would be a new plan on keeping the surgeon away.