NBA Sittings... err... Standings: Warriors Edition

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NBA Sittings... err... Standings: Warriors Edition

And now, a modest proposal, made for the good of all mankind.Well, for the good of all Warrior fans, who frankly could use all the ease of handling they can get after 35 years of this.Youve seen the same standings year after year you have to wade through a veritable phone book pages worth of cities and nicknames before you get to yours, that mythical world called Golden State which has been devalued over time to be more of a Zinc Hamlet.And you get depressed. And then you get angry. And then you boo rich people whose only crime is jumping in front of the parade and promising better days ahead.Well, given the new season, and given the draft imperatives in finishing not as high as possible, but as low as possible, we offer todays NBA Standings, Warriors Style.TEAM WINS LOSSES PERCENTAGE GAMES BACK CHARLOTTE 7 43 0.140
WASHINGTON 12 40 0.231 4 NEW ORLEANS 13 40 0.245 4.5 TORONTO 18 35 0.340 9.5 CLEVELAND 17 33 0.340 10 SACRAMENTO 18 34 0.346 10 NEW JERSEY 19 35 0.352 10 DETROIT 19 33 0.365 11 GOLDEN STATE 20 31 0.392 12.5This tells us two things. One, if this was its own conference and this was a playoff race, the Warriors would still be out. And two, you now have to be very interested in Sacramento Kings games.You also have to start paying a lot more attention to New Jersey and Cleveland games, and this will be difficult for Warrior fans who havent had to pay attention to other teams games for years now.But to retain the pick that gets the improved ping pong balls for the draft that may or may not produce the Warrior around which the future can be built, they are still 2 games short of where they need to be, face-first wise.Thus, we will try to provide frequent updates on what shouldnt be call the standings, but the sittings. The Warriors may not be much to look at, and they have sold hope so much that hope looks and smells a lot more like delusional despair, but its all in how you look at it.Besides, with this handy tool, you dont have to read the paper in the morning while standing on your head. I mean, unless youre in Cirque du Soleil, that is far more labor intensive than you, the customer, should have to endure.And remember, the Warriors arent tanking. Theyre just backing up artfully.Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com

Reports: Bogut agrees to buyout with 76ers, considering four teams

Reports: Bogut agrees to buyout with 76ers, considering four teams

Andrew Bogut is reportedly searching for a new home.

The big man agreed to a buyout with the 76ers on Monday and is considering four teams for his next destination, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Cleveland, Houston, San Antonio and Boston are reportedly in the running for Bogut's services.

On Sunday, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported that two of his sources said they expect Bogut to sign with the Cavs.

Last week, Dallas traded Bogut to Philadelphia.

The Warriors are eligible to re-sign Bogut, but Golden State is looking to add a guard in the coming days.

Warriors continue to thrive in their second calling

Warriors continue to thrive in their second calling

Programming note: Warriors-76ers coverage starts today at 3pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Credit must be given to the Golden State Warriors for keeping the brand alive on multiple platforms – to the point where they are now indirectly and barely tangentially linked to the Great Oscars Envelope Piefight.

Stay with us here. We’ll get to it.

The mundane matter of winning has, as expected, taken care of itself. They’ve clinched a playoff berth earlier than any other team, at least in the 16-team playoff era, they’ve hit their full stride with the Kevin Durant trade, they’re nervously navigating the Draymond Green Cavalcade of Technical Fouls, and they have led their supporters into the same old trap of thinking that regular season success is the same as postseason invulnerability.

In that way, they are much as they were a year ago, and the year before that.

But it is their underrated ability to find ancillary links to the world outside the NBA that makes them more than merely, say, the 1983 Fo’-Fo’-Fo’ 76ers.

Steve Kerr has been a political and social critic, and more than once – meaning that he hasn’t stumbled into discussions about the political state of the nation as much as he has leaped into them eyes wide open and feet fireproofed. He has not been tricked into a comment, ever. He says what he wants, and is in that way the management equivalent of . . .

. . . Green, who is more often than not the de facto team spokesman, Pushback Division, in that he will speak to anyone on any subject at any time. He is in many ways the Swiss Army Knife of sound bites, and when he decides to err on the side of volubility does not mind taking on opponents, strangers, his coach and, occasionally even teammates. He is a walking debate about temper management that is either 1 or 1-A to DeMarcus Cousins.

Durant and Russell Westbrook have, less voluntarily, been the subjects of a semi-philosophical debate about loyalty vs. business vs. opportunity vs. abandonment. Much of it has been driven not by them but by us, but we let go of cheap and easy narratives with the same willingness that Rottweilers demonstrate with a burglar’s femur.

JaVale McGee, the backup center, has just now engaged with some force with megabus/provocateur Shaquille O’Neal over O’Neal’s intermittent needling of McGee that finally hit the red, resulting in a unilateral cease-fire imposed by O’Neal’s mother Lucille that has not yet been agreed to by McGee’s mother Pamela. In other words, this is a family thing, with all the landmined dynamics that implies – a sure-fire talker both for those who like their debates either trivialized or broadened to take on larger social themes.

And the Oscars? Well, Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali is a self-admitted huge fan of The Bridge, having grown up in the area, played at Mount Eden High and Saint Mary’s on a ball scholarship, and now he is part of the best Oscars story that doesn’t involve movie junkies since Sacheen Littlefeather rejected Marlon Brando’s Oscar on his behalf. That the Warriors weren’t wearing black armbands Monday night in Philadelphia to protest the envelope screwup is a missed opportunity that only having Ali courtside amid Joe Lacob, Pete Guber, Phil Hellmuth and Beyonce for Game 2 against Denver in April can remedy.

In other words, cue the marketing department.

Next to all this, the arcane notion of the Warriors clinching a playoff spot and being on pace to having the largest margin between conference winner and ninth-place team since Boston (67-15) whipped Cleveland (29-53) in 1986 by a smooth 38 games means – well, next to nothing. Especially since we now know, or should know, that nothing happens until June says it happens.

And if the Warriors are the brand name they occasionally claim to be by being more than just a superb basketball team, they will remain abreast of all social and cultural trends, fitting them as best they can between the 21 remaining off-days as best they can.

It is apparently their second calling – to be small but available thermometers for any subject you’ve got, from the changing nature of basketball to the coming civil war to the death of the sun. It’s a good thing they’ve taken care of the playoff thing; otherwise, there’d be no getting them to maintain focus.