Another year, another disastrous chapter of the Chris Cohan era is upon us. Welcome to Warriors basketball, where the best fans in the NBA have to suffer through the incompetence of bad ownership, bad managerial decisions, and false hope.
Once again, the Warriors aren’t even close to being able to contend for a title. With Chris Mullin gone and Robert Rowell being granted even more power to make terrible decisions, how shocked would you be to see Anthony Randolph traded at the deadline? I know I wouldn’t.
And as much as “We Believe” summed up the 2007 season that stole our hearts and minds, we can coin the slogan “We Deserve Better” to define the ineptitude that consistently surrounds the team year after year.
When I was in college in Southern California, all of my buddies were die hard Lakers fans. Why do I bring this up? Because every single day, I would have to witness these undeserving fans watch a team completely destroy the opposition night in and night out.
This is a common theme for us in the Bay Area, watching in disgust as these fickle, fair-weather fans from So-Cal latch on to their teams when it’s convenient for them, and then they cruise to yet another title. These aren’t even “real” sports fans to us; they aren’t in it from the beginning and, most importantly, they get all of the love and media attention that our teams never get.
Warriors fans are by far the best in the NBA. How do I know this? I challenge fans of every other team to go through all of the dysfunction that we have had to endure every single year since Chris Cohan became the owner, and just when you might think things are getting better, they suddenly and tragically turn for the worst.
Before 2007, Bay Area sports fans had two distinctive memories that involved the Warriors since Cohan became the owner: Antawn Jamison’s back to back 50 point games in 2000 and Jason Richardson’s back to back Slam Dunk Championships in 2002 and 2003. That’s about it, unless you count Vince Carter (who we traded away for Jamison) going nuts in the 2000 All-Star Game held in Oakland as well.
However, there is reason for optimism in the future. They will be undoubtedly fun to watch, attempting to run other teams out of the gym with their fast, up-tempo pace. And how could anybody not be infatuated with Anthony Morrow, Stephen Curry, Ellis, and Randolph? Those are four young players with star potential. Throw in Andris Biendris, and you’d have to like their chances of being scary enough to any given opponent on any given night. Throw in a bench that includes Rony Turiaf, Kelenna Azibukie, and Corey Maggette, and you have yourself a solid NBA team, barring injury.
Losing Brandon Wright and Raja Bell to injury hurts. So does the dysfunction that surrounded the team before they traded Stephen Jackson. However, this is a team with the ability to be resilient, and if they can maintain the level of play that they’ve been at so far in the post-Jackson era, then we could be in for a wild ride.
Then again, every day in Warriorsland is just that.