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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

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Kevin Durant. LeBron James. Chris Paul. Paul George. LaMarcus Aldridge. Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward.

Those just some of the superstars to change teams in the last few years in pursuit of a championship.

But don't expect Damian Lillard to add his name to that list.

While speaking on the latest episode of Complex's Everyday Struggle, the Blazers point guard was asked about the possibility of joining up with other stars to try to win a title.

"I mean, like I said about [former Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn't have done it. For me, I'm not joining nobody," Lillard said.

When it was brought up that he'd join LeBron if given the chance, Lillard responded by saying this: "I'm not joining nobody. I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was something I couldn't control."

A hypothetical scenario was posed to Lillard: Let's say you're 34 years old (Lillard is currently 27 years old) and you had the chance to join two of your superstar friends on another team. You still wouldn't do it?

"I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it. I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down," Lillard responded.

To wrap up the topic, Lillard was asked if he holds it against any player that does decide to team up with other superstars.

"Nah, if it make them feel good, if they comfortable doing it, then do you," Lillard said.

Trapped by social media monster, KD taught a harsh lesson

Trapped by social media monster, KD taught a harsh lesson

Kevin Durant has publicly pummeled himself into swollen submission, and he was the first to say he deserved every punch after falling thumbs first into the trap set by the monster we adore.

That would be social media and its maliciously seductive bait.

It’s addictive, and mesmerizing enough to have folks staring into the light of smartphones at all hours of the night or walking down the sidewalk at midday bumping into others caught up in the same maze.

Caught up in the insanity last Sunday, Durant got too honest and too cheeky. His response to a question posed on Twitter -- essentially seeking deeper reasons for his decision to leave Oklahoma City for the Warriors -- exposed some raw opinions, belittling his former Thunder teammates, as well as the organization while also directly criticizing coach Billy Donovan. Only star guard Russell Westbrook, the other half of what once was OKC’s dynamic duo, was spared.

It was KD unfiltered, inadvertently sharing with the Twitterverse the kinds of blunt assessments he most assuredly would rather keep confined to his inner circle. That much we can assume insofar as his points of view were issued in the third person.

After realizing firestorm ignited by his “oops” moment, Durant deleted both responses, though far too late to avoid embarrassment.

So there he was Tuesday on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF summit, smacking himself with both fists, kicking himself with both feet and offering up a stream of apologies that seemed as sincere as any we’ve heard from someone caught in a compromising position.

“I use Twitter to engage with fans,” Durant said. “I happened to take it a little too far.

“That’s what happens sometime when I get into these basketball debates about what I really love, to play basketball. I don’t regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter. I do regret using my former coach’s name and the former organization I played for.

“That was childish. That was idiotic, all those types of words. I regret doing that and I apologize for that.”

Durant, who according to USA Today sent a personal apology to Donovan, didn’t stop the self-flagellation there.

“I look like an idiot,” he told the newspaper. “My peers are going to look at me like an idiot. All the jokes -- bring ‘em. I deserve it.

“The second I realized what I did, I felt like (bleep). Like I said, I look at that stuff as a joke and a big game. Sometimes when I’m in it, I take it too far and I’m in it too much, too deep. But it’s just out of sight, out of mind. I won’t fall into that problem again. I definitely have to move on and not worry about anybody on Twitter, even though it’s fun. You know what I mean?”

The many available forms of social media can be fun indeed. They can, if properly utilized, be informative. They also represent a form of conversation rife with pitfalls.

Rarely a week goes by without a high profile individual -- athletes, entertainers, politicians et al -- going full jackass on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram or some other device. Photos of private parts meant for an individual have been inadvertently shared and, therefore, gone viral.

How many poor souls that have fallen into this trap been forced to respond by saying they’ve been hacked?

A man like Durant, with almost 17 million Twitter followers, deserves kudos for taking the time to engage with his audience. But once down that path, it can be exceedingly perilous. Durant disclosed that his gaffe was upsetting enough to disrupt both his appetite and sleep pattern.

Honesty is a noble trait. Brutal honesty can be provocative. Brutal honesty attached to withering critique can result in disastrous consequences.

Durant is a smart guy who made a dumb mistake. He stepped into muck that was hip deep. This is going to stick to him for a while, as it should.

It’s a harsh lesson, but some of the most enduring lessons are learned the hard way.