Six Steps the Golden State Warriors Must Take To Fix the Franchise

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IFebruary 9, 2010

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As the 2009-2010 season marches on for the Golden State Warriors with injuries and losses piling up, the question still remains how do these Warriors get fixed? Is there a quick fix for this team? It seemed like Chris Mullin did a pretty good job of turning the Warriors into a winner rather quickly.

But at this point though there's no Mullin to come in to fix the issues that continue to afflict the Warriors. In order for the Warriors to become a successful team, it's going to take time, money, trades, a new owner, and quite possibly a new arena.

Before I get to those, though, here's a look at the step-by-step process that the Warriors need to do in order to create a team that is once again competitive and brings excitement back to the Warriors.


Step One: Win 11 games so Don Nelson surpasses Lenny Wilkens as the record holder for most wins by an NBA coach. Once Nelson accomplishes the feat, it means that his tenure as coach for the Warriors is over.

The Warriors right now are a young team led by Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. For them to be successful along with the other group of young players, the Warriors need a coach that will be able to handle these players and instill a sense of stability to the franchise.

Warriors fans have seen how unstable Nelson has been. He'll love what a certain player brings to the court and give him plenty of minutes, but the next night if that player makes a mistake, he's on the bench playing very little unless the Warriors are being blownout.


Step Two: Once the season is over, Chris Cohan must sell the team. With a new owner in place, the Warriors can get back on track to take on more of these series of steps to improve the franchise and make the team competitive again.

New ownership means three things: the removal of Robert Rowell as Team President, the removal of Larry Riley as general manager, and if Nelson is still around, he'll be removed as coach as well.

Rowell has gotten under Warriors fans skin for three reasons recently. The first was talking Cohan out of re-signing Baron Davis when Chris Mullin had an agreement with Davis to resign, the attempt to terminate the contract of Monta Ellis, and the contract extension that was given to Stephen Jackson.

Riley is just a figurehead as general manager for the Warriors. Most of the player decisions that happen, whether it's to make a trade or who will be playing, is done by Nelson.

Before Riley was promoted to the front office, he was Nelson's right hand man. Rowell promoted Riley not because of his qualifications for being a successful general manager, but to put it in the face of Mullin that he pretty much had no power with the organization and that his contract would be running out.


Step Three:  With the Warriors already having the best fans in the NBA, a new arena would also be a huge benefit for the Warriors—whether it's somewhere in Oakland or the rumored downtown San Francisco.

There's one thing for sure for Warriors fans—they'll be packing that new arena. In fact even in the Oracle Arena, the Warriors hold the record for largest attendance in the state of California to watch a basketball game.


Step Four: At this point, most of the roster does need a make over. There are six names that the Warriors should keep for 2010. Those are Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, Brandan Wright, and Kelenna Azubuike.

That means making Ronny Turiaf, Andris Biedrins, and Corey Maggette expendable in a trade. At this point, the Warriors will be likely not to resign or bring back Raja Bell, Vladimir Radmanovich, and C.J. Watson.


Step Five: The draft at this point the Warriors are going to be a lottery pick the only question is where? If the Warriors do get the No. 1 pick, then it's an easy choice of who they will draft: John Wall.

If the Warriors do get the No. 1 pick, it would also mean that Curry would become part of a package for a trade, although it maybe beneficial to have Curry and Wall together as well.

But, if the Warriors do not get the No. 1 pick, then that means either Evan Turner from Ohio State or Wesley Johnson from Syracuse.


Step Six: With Ellison as owner and the Warriors having a more stable environment, it will definitely be a crucial time for the Warriors to see if the team can sign some free agents or a free agent. The crucial piece of the puzzle for the Warriors is a big man that can score in the paint and rebounds.

The reason why being able to sign free agents is a big deal is because of the instability of the franchise. Teams have seen the way Stephen Jackson left the organization, the Jason Richardson trade, letting Baron Davis go, how Jamal Crawford was treated, and how Al Harrington was traded, too.


Of all the six steps, the most crucial to the success of the Warriors franchise in the future will be the sell of the team. Pretty much every step though can be done without Cohan selling the team.

The only step that would take a lot of work would be a new arena for the Warriors. Everything else can be done now or sometime in the future.