Open Mic: All-Time Golden State Warriors Disaster Team
To accomplish such a tremendous feat takes many bone-headed decisions. It's almost like studying in junior high—you receive a "C" for simply showing up to class but it takes that extra effort to earn an "F".
Anyhow, the Warriors found a solid plan of attack with terrible drafting and handing out roster-crippling contracts to offset any draft picks on the path to greatness.
Case in point: Gilbert Arenas. Former GM Garry St. Jean almost sabotaged the team by picking up "Hibachi" in the second round of the 2001 draft, giving the team an emerging superstar that could derail plans of continued peril.
Fear not—by locking up the diabolical front-line of Danny Fortson, Adonal Foyle, and Erick Dampier, the team could not afford to match Washington's offer when he hit restricted free agency.
The scary thing: the aforementioned players simply don't have what it takes to make the All-Time Disaster Team. Here are the winners.
PG: Muggsy Bogues—It was tough to pick Bogues over Earl Boykins as a bigger mismatch for the opposition, but Bogues played for Golden State in the twilight years of his career, giving him the nod.
Bogues was fun to watch, and actually held his own in a time where big point guards became en vogue, but he also led the team to 19-63 and 21-29 records in his two seasons in Golden State.
SG: Bimbo Coles—I'm well-aware that Coles primarily played point guard, but I needed an undersized shooting guard to continue a defensive mismatch for the opposition. I also remember one thing clear as day with Coles—planting both his feet on attempted layups.
You know how you learn as a kid to separate from a defender while attacking the rack by using your 1 1/2 steps to run to the rim after picking up your dribble? Well Bimbo, a professional player at the sport's highest level, never picked up this nuance of the game. Ever!
If your name is Jason Richardson and you can jump over a defender by planting both feet, so be it. But if your vertical jump measures under 30 inches, this is an easy way to turn two points into zero—and an inclusion on the All-Time Disaster Team.
SF: Billy Owens—The No. 3 overall pick in the 1991 Draft out of Syracuse, the Warriors traded Mitch Richmond in his prime for Owens, an easy way to break up Run-TMC and help set back the future of the Warriors.
By my unofficial count, Owens led the league multiple times in losing the ball out of bounds. It was a constant in his tenure, without fail (or in constant fail), that he would have the ball in his hands, try to pass it while running out of bounds, and then lose the ball. It was a talent in itself.
PF: Todd Fuller—The No. 11 pick in the 1996 draft, he was former Warriors draft legend Dave Twardzik's crowning achievement.
Instead of looking for talent in a talent-laden draft that may have led him to the conclusion of taking Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Peja Stojakovic, or Jermaine O'Neal, Twardzik focused on the fact that Fuller had a great G.P.A. at NC State and a blue-collar work ethic.
What resulted was a player who shot more baseline jumpers off the side of the backboard than any other player I have ever encountered.
C: 1988-Season Manute Bol—This was a tough decision as Foyle has a strong resume for this spot as well, but what did it for me was the fact that Bol, at 7-foot-7, shot 91 3-pointers in the 1988 season and made only 20. Imagine the amount of lost possessions with Bol firing errant threes and Fuller being out-rebounded.
Coach: PJ Carlesimo—Lit the fire under his players by being choked in practice by Latrell Sprewell during the '97-'98 season.
There you have it, the reason "We Believe" became such an important slogan—because we became so accustomed to failure.
Note: I am currently quite happy with the direction of this franchise, and feel that Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins, Anthony Randolph, and Brandan Wright are the core of a solid team a few years down the line.
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