Mr. Crackerz wrote:Today was a game that showed how Lee was missed. Outrebounded 62-37 is ridiculous.
Not only that, but it appears we've found Draymond Green's kryptonite: a more athletic
hustle player. Green usually thrives because he outworks his opponent, but when he runs into a motor like his, we are all reminded of how limited Green is, physically, compared to most NBA players.
Kenneth Faried demolished Draymond; not that Lee would have done much better. But if we're entertaining Kawakami's article proposal - considering Green over Lee because Green is better at defense - last night was a major black eye on that line of reasoning. Faried's usually pretty feeble on the offensive end and he finished with 18/17/1 in 32 minutes. Not to mention, Draymond's opposing box score was pretty terrible for a starting PF: 4/2/2 in 24 minutes.
Everyone with a brain: 1
I wonder if David Lee has nude photos of Kawakami's wife or something... why has Tim K had it out for DLee since the moment they signed him? Lee called Kawakami's reporting of him "biased" in a recent interview and, at this point, it's pretty tough to dispute that. Mention Lee around Tim K and the guns come out. Definitely seems personal at this point, considering Lee is indisputably one of the 6 best PF's in the game and puts up numbers at his position that the Warriors haven't seen since 1994.
Here is why Tim is always riding Lee..
1) He suffers from grass is always greener syndrome
2) He suffers from the delusion that 20 & 10 double double machine all star PF's can be had for $8 - $10mil. Can we just remember for one second that David Lee was an all-nba player last year. The dude fits in perfectly with this team.
3) He can't admit when he's proven wrong so he needs to desperately cling to any straw of justification for his opinion
idk if it's boredom or what, whether it's Mark Jackson, David Lee, or Klay Thompson, just seems there always needs to be a scapegoat on the W's. As far as Lee, find me a player who can do all the things he can - post scoring, rebounding, passing, leadership, double doubles, all star etc, - and you probably won't find that player for very cheap. When he has matched up vs guys like Blake Griffin, Aldridge, Kevin Love, etc, he's held his own. Would I take an upgrade? Sure. But it's not like those guys mentioned have cheap contracts or are all-NBA defenders.
I'll never be a fan of trading important pieces of the team just for salary cap space, unless you're in rebuild mode or the need to resign other players has forced your hand. My thinking is if you're in win-now mode, put out the best possible team on the floor regardless of contract. It's not like (with good teams) guys are looking to their left and to their right on the court, and seeing dollar sign icons about each player's head, they're just trying to win games with the best possible team. Is Curry worth more on the basketball court because he has a cheap contract? At some point it becomes purely basketball. Whether the guy is making $500k or $20mil, the measuring stick is does he help you win games or not and how does he fit on the team?