Are you freaking kidding me, fellas? You guys have lost it. We lost Baron. Yeah, sure... he's our best player since Spree or Webber, but he was freaking Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. Exactly what do you people fancy in an injury prone, 29 year old point guard that has a few good years left in him?
Baron's age isn't an issue. What's wrong with him having a few good years left? Those are years we could be competitive rather than young and rebuilding. $13/yr aint all that bad, Mike Bibby gets paid more. Other players who are almost 29 or older--> Brand, Kobe, Ginobili, Marion, Odom, R. Hamilton, J. Terry, Artest. I guess they're washed up eh? Time to ship 'em off for a rebuilding process that'll take 3, 4, 5, 6, years or who knows how long. It took the Warriors 12.
The point is Mullin didn't want around 2 good years from him. If he's going to give him 5 years, big money... he expects him to perform all 5 years. If he isn't, he wants to use the money on other things.
Baron didn't want 13 mil. He wanted 15, 16 mil. Huge difference even though you may say there's only a 2-3 mil difference.
And don't even bring in Kobe in here. He's the best player on the planet right now. He only needs one good player behind him like Odom and Phil Jackson coaching, and the Lakers are automatically a playoff team. The WHOLE Spurs team is old, so Ginobili fits well with them. I can go on with the rest of the list.
He FINALLY played a full season. He had his best season yet. He brought this team to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. But uh... exactly what else did he do? Do I see a second championship in the hanging from the ceiling? Do I see a Conference Finals title?
So what? He brought us great memories and a playoff run to remember. He didn't exactly bring us glory in the 05-06 season. Yeah, he had a crappy team, but Kobe had a pretty crappy team himself and at least he made the playoffs.
Wow, talk about ungrateful. So what that he ended a pathetic decade+ long streak without making the playoffs? So what? You are the definition of the 'what have you done for me lately' type of fan. I don't need to make the Finals, I just want to be in the hunt consistantly. Just because a player doesn't deliver a championship within 3 yrs, you ship him out? All I'm saying is B Diddy should be the last person to be labeled as 'disloyal' (for opting out). The Warriors had their chance to lock him up, but they refused. If anyone is disloyal, it's the Warriors management. Baron made the Oracle ALIVE. Before he showed up, everyone was sitting on their hands. So we brought him in, he ended the playoff drought, we ship him off. Thank you for your services Mr. Davis, now be on your way. Kinda like how the Giants shipped Bonds out after he got the HR record. Baron could've stayed, but W's obviously are more concerned with signing boy wonder Monta Ellis.
We brought him in, he only brought us playoffs ONCE. The first year didn't count because he came in during the trade line. The second year, he got injured and the expectations for playoffs were gone. The third year, he got injured at times, made the playoffs in the most memorable runs ever. His fourth and final season, he played his best ball, but didn't make the playoffs. Yeah, the conference was tough, but still... we didn't win games that we should have won which cost us.
Baron did change the face when he came. But if it wasn't for the deal to acquire Harrington and Jackson, we would've never made the playoffs.
My point is, he's not Superman. Just because he's gone doesn't mean the sky is falling. Seriously fellas, chill. Life is too short to be mad every single day. If you want to change fan bases, do so. Last thing I want to see is a bunch of whiners. I can only imagine how you guys were during the Bimbo Coles/Donyell Marshall era.
Which is exactly why we should've made signing our sole superstar the #1 priority, or risk the chance of returning to the likes of Bimbo and Vonteego, and not become a team of inexperienced youngins and mediocre players.
You should know by now why we didn't bring Baron back. Stop attacking Mullin and the front office for not bringing him back. Would you rather have 2 good years, 3 mediocre/decent ones? Or would you rather have the cap space for other needs in the future?
The way I see it, some of us want it now because of the playoff drought. Others, don't mind waiting. Why do I mind waiting? Because I'm a patient guy and I'm not going to demand everything NOW. I can wait. Obviously, you can't which is understandable. Since you don't like what the front office is doing, then you minus well move on fan bases because Mullin ain't gonna change anything.
Baron's gone, it's over, he's never coming back. It's the past, this is the present, here comes the future.