Golden State Warriors Must Move On Without Robert Rowell

Phillip KernContributor IJanuary 14, 2009

After taking a very long sabbatical from writing for BR, I was trying to find something positive to write about with Bay Area sports.

Besides the San Jose Sharks, however, there has not been much to shout about.

The most heart-wrenching example as of yet is right before your eyes—the Golden State Warriors.

Here was a team that many believed was starting to shed the perennial-loser label for one of the longest playoff droughts in league history.  Even last season's 48-win campaign brought forth plenty of optimism for this young season.

Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, as those past two seasons have proven to be a mirage.

Now who exactly can the Warriors thank for this entire mess?  Look no further than team president Robert Rowell.  

Put it this way, Rowell has been seen as infallible by one of the worst owners in the entire league, Chris Cohan.  How this guy still owns the team is beyond me—and this is proving to be a losing formula, again.

When the news broke over the summer that Baron Davis had bolted for the LA Clippers, I along with other Warrior fans were shocked and saddened by it.  Here was a guy who openly stated that he wanted to be in Oakland for the long term, but proved himself to be full of empty words.  Of course, that was until the real story broke.

According to Tim Kawakami in the San Jose Mercury News, it was actually Rowell who nixed a potential Davis extension written up by Executive VP Chris Mullin.  This probably stung Davis to the point of taking the contract with the Clippers.  

Now, without a true point guard, the franchise has gone back to its floundering ways.

Here are a few simple questions:

Was it Rowell that made that risky deal to bring Davis to the Bay Area?

Was it Rowell that was able to unload Dunleavy and Murphy to bring Harrington and Jackson on board, which would revitalize the franchise?

Was it Rowell who later dealt the unhappy Harrington for a proven 20 PPG scorer in Crawford?

If your answers are no, no, and no—congratulations, you have more common sense than the fool who actually owns the team.

The only way the Warriors can actually move forward is if Cohan somehow sees the light on the idiot that Rowell is (even if it means blinding him) and gives Mullin full authority and assurance that he is the man to direct the franchise.

Until then, the Warriors may be giving the Chicago Cubs some serious competition for the lovable losers tag for quite some time.