Tim Kawakami, on point:
It’s such a natural Warriors phenomenon: Love the fresh new happy guys, hate the grumbly veteran guys, continue to watch the team lose, lose and lose.
(Right now, Anthony Randolph is sort of in between–he and Don Nelson are due for many more head-butts, but Randolph, who apparently is starting tonight in Phoenix, is still young enough that he won’t get seriously targeted by W’s management for another year or so.)
This one is a tired Warriors phenomenon in many ways, because this is precisely the way dumb Warriors management wants it:
* Fans/media hyping the new guys and bashing the players who know how screwed up the W’s are.
Which is wrong to do.
That’s why Ellis and Jackson are grumbly. Because they know. They’ve lived through enough W’s stupidity. If that makes them unpalatable to you, I understand that, but that does not make them evil.
Warriors fans have had so many generations of beloved new players that replace hated players, who then become hated players themselves, all in the Cohan Era. Anytime the Warriors lock someone up long-term, they’ve got a very limited time before management starts plotting to dump the same contracts they were excited to sign. Latrell Sprewell, Joe Smith, Jason Caffey, Marc Jackson, Antawn Jamison, Danny Fortson, Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy … it’s an endless list. And now, Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis.
Finally, for all the Morrow aficionados:
There is no class of NBA player that is more over-rated by fans (and sometimes by coaches) than the standstill, looks-great-when-he’s-wide-open, needs-two-screens-and-two-passes pure shooter… Until Morrow proves he can do something other than stand outside and wait for somebody to draw the defense away from, then get him the ball, he’s not quite as valuable as some people think.