Steinmetz: Is Lacob about to get busy?

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Steinmetz: Is Lacob about to get busy?

Dec. 14, 2010

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Matt Steinmetz
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Asdemoralizing as the past month or so has been for the Warriors 1-12since mid-November the reality is that theyre not really far offfrom the team many expected.
At least the team I expected.

Yes, the Warriors are 8-16, which extrapolates to a 27-55 season orright about there. And that would be a major disappointment inessence, a season pretty much as awful as last year.

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But I dont think the Warriors, losers of seven in a row, are really asbad as theyve been lately. Just like I didnt think they were a goodteam because they began the season with a 6-2 mark.

I thought the Warriors were going to be better than last years 26-56team, but not dramatically improved enough to make the playoffs. I hadthe Warriors for 33 wins, and still feel like theyre headed towardthat number.

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The problem is this though: It doesnt seem like the ride to30-whatever wins is going to very fulfilling. It would be one thing ifthe Warriors won, say, 34 games this season, and then you knew theydbe able to bump that up again in 2011-12.

But there are certainly no assurances of that. Yes, the Warriors areyoung, but if your core is Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee,theres not a lot of room for significant improvement there.

Ellis and Lee essentially are the players theyre going to be; andwhile Curry is a nice player and will likely improve, were not talkingabout an elite, difference-making point guard here.

The real question is whether or not new owner Joe Lacob, with his teamheading toward 30-ish wins, will address issues in the offseason orwhether he wants to deal with them now.

Hey, the Warriors are probably going to win some games in the next fewweeks, but its still not likely to be the majority of them. It surelooks like the writing is on the wall for another playoff-less Warriorsseason.

So, if thats the case, when do you start making moves sooner or later?

Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.

Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:

On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."

In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.

Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.

Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only

Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only

The only way this Kyrie Irving trade request story makes any sense at all is if he demands to go to Houston. And gets there.

Yes, Houston. Home of James Harden. Potential future home of Carmelo Anthony. The Place Where Passing Goes To Die. The Antidote To Everything Warriors.

I mean, Irving reading the tea leaves and knowing the Cavs are about to enter a very dark period in their history is not the news here. Dan Gilbert no longer caring about running a basketball operation without empty offices has been the catalyst for LeBron James looking forward to life on the West Coast. The Cavs are a sinkhole collapsing so fast that the assumptions of them cakewalking to the 2018 NBA Finals are heading directly for the earth’s core.

But it’s where Irving goes that is fascinating, and Houston is the perfect place because (and we are presuming Daryl Morey can pry Anthony from the joke shop that is the New York Knickerbockers):

1) It would turn Golden State’s version of cap hell into a slight checking overdraft by comparison
2) It would make the Rockets’ offense a high-powered mess of glorious proportions
3) It would subject the Warriors to a direct stylistic showdown – namely, whether rapid, smart-minded ball movement is just a fad to be replacing by 21st century offensive stagflation.

Oh, Harden can pass, and Irving can pass, and Anthony . . . well, okay, Harden and Irving can pass. But they all function almost entirely with the ball, which means that at any given moment 66 percent of the Rockets’ most important players will be unhappy.

Thus, this is what we need, and what we need now. Trading Kyrie Irving is just satisfying his whim. Trading him to a place where we can put competing basketball styles to the test – now that would make the Western Conference playoffs worth caring about again.

And the Eastern Conference? Well, we’ve always wanted a relegation system in American sports, and now we’ve got it. Just fly toward the sun and hold your nose.