Robert Rowell Is Destroying the Golden State Warriors

Gerard DContributor IDecember 20, 2008

"Multiple league sources indicate that the Warriors’ front office has been involved recently in casual or not-so-casual trade discussions with “everybody about everybody”–meaning every player on the Warriors roster and every team in the league.

"No player is untouchable. Chris Cohan is asleep at the switch or loves that Rowell is destroying his team or is about to sell or something. Ownership is imploding. This is 1999 all over again."

-- Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, posted on Talking Points.

The way I see it, Rowell is the only untouchable in the Warriors Organization. 

Why? Because Cohan is just too stupid to see that Rowell is not really the Marketing Genius that Cohan believes him to be.

Cohan doesn't understand that this is the Bay Area! People here are great sports fans. Raiders, 49ers, Sharks, Giants, A's, SaberCats, Golden Bears, and Cardinal Fans all unite in one common ground—Oracle Arena.

Why? Because this is the only venue close enough to this area where all these fans can go to to see a professional basketball game.

Others only attend games when their favorite players from around the NBA come to town to play the woeful Warriors team. 

The 2006-2007 Warriors' playoffs run also helped the following season's ticket sales—which Cohan is crediting again to Robert Rowell's great marketing mind. The truth is, the players that brought the Warriors to the Playoffs that year was all from the hard work of the real genius, Chris Mullin. 

With the culmination of quality trades and high-upside draft picks (Ellis, Pietrus, and Biedrins), the Warriors were able to get enough talent in the club to take them out of the NBA's cellar of mediocre teams. Flashback:

2005: Golden State acquired Baron Davis from the New Orleans Hornets for Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis.

2007: The Pacers traded Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson to Golden State for Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy.  The Pacers also sent Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell to the Warriors, who gave up Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod.

By the way, it was also Chris Mullin who lured Don Nelson out of retirement to coach the Golden State Warriors and got the team back in the playoffs in his first year as their Head Coach.

It only takes one cancer cell to destroy an entire organ and potentially destroy a life. In the Warriors' case, that cancer cell is Rowell.

The bad news is, he is not going anywhere. He is very capable of singlehandedly sending the Warriors franchise back to mediocrity and irrelevance for another thirteen years—and even if he did, he'd still be the number-one guy in Cohan's eyes. He could even get caught sleeping with a goat on Cohan's bed and still get a pat on his back for trying new things.

The bottom line is until San Jose or another Bay Area City gets an expansion NBA team or acquires the Kings (for example) from Sacramento, Warriors fans are stuck with a team that is quickly resembling the Isiah Thomas-era New York Knicks.

Just ask any NBA general manager, agent, and/or reporter—the word is out.

The Warriors' current record not only speak for the bad state that the Golden State is in, it also shows how a power-tripping, egotistic shot caller can ruin a franchise that was, not too long ago, was building towards becoming a consistent playoff contender.