View Full Version : The future of the Warriors is on display in Vegas

07-20-2008, 10:48 AM
LAS VEGAS -- Every so often in the NBA Summer League, the Golden State Warriors would give the ball to Anthony Randolph at the top of the floor, spread the court and let the 6-foot-10 rookie drive to the hoop.

It served as a way-out-there concept of what the Warriors' future could be, an offense highlighting the ball-handling skills of the tallest player on the roster. A reinvention of the revolution.

Why not go to the extreme? The Warriors as we knew them the past two years are, irreversibly altered from the moment Baron Davis left to join the Los Angeles Clippers.

"When you lose your No. 1 player, you're probably not going to be as good," coach Don Nelson said. "We'll be different. I don't know how."

With the Warriors it's not just a matter of how good the assembled pieces will be. It's a question of what overall philosophy they will adopt and which compass bearing they will follow. Monta Ellis was often the most important player for the Warriors at the end of last season, but is he ready to be The Man on a full-time basis? The Warriors could just bide time, waiting for Ellis to get to the Next Level and Randolph, Brandan Wright and Marco Belinelli to develop. They could send some of that youth off in trades and try to strike it rich with a Ron Artest or a Shawn Marion before their contracts expire.

At some point they'll need to find a direction, because when Davis left he didn't just take away 22 points and eight assists a game. He took away their identity.

Yes, the Warriors were about Nelson's crazy lineups and their overall wild shot selection. And they had Stephen Jackson's push-it-to-the-brink edge and Ellis', quickness. But above all, the Warriors were about Davis' boldness and vivacity -- not to mention his willingess to take over late in games.


07-20-2008, 01:17 PM
Randolph is sick. It seems like he has a bright future ahead of him.

07-20-2008, 01:39 PM
Sick nasty, how did he slip to us??? Im buying every auto rookie card of him that i can find.

07-20-2008, 02:16 PM
randolph will be the next tashon prince, but with more scoring...