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Michael Pietrus: "I want to be a Warrior for as long as possible"
by Simon Wilkinson / August 23, 2006

You’ve played your first three group games against arguably the three best teams in your group. How do you feel about your performance?

Michael Pietrus: I think we’ve done very well. Obviously it was a tough game against Argentina. But we’ve been able to play well against Serbia-Montenegro and Nigeria. Our approach is that regardless of the opponent, we need to go out there and give the best effort possible. I feel we’ve done that so far and we intend to keep it going that way. We would like to finish in second place in this group and be ready for the knockout stages.

You finish the group stages by playing Lebanon today (Wednesday) and Venezuela tomorrow (Thursday). Some say you will definitely win both. Are you that confident or are you cautious all the same?

MP: Well, these are teams that can cause upsets. We have to be cautious because this is the type of tournament where there can be surprises like when Nigeria beat Serbia-Montenegro in the first game. We don’t know too much about these teams so our goal is to stay focused on our own game, play at a high level and be efficient at both ends of the court. Both games are very important and we won’t take them lightly.

It has to be encouraging to push Argentina to the edge without Tony Parker. Everyone thought that this game was decided before it was played when he pulled out with an injury. And yet you were close until the last few minutes.

MP: Looking back on it now a few days later it’s encouraging, but on the day it was very hard because they had all of their players and we were missing Tony. He is one of our leaders and best creators offensively but we have to play without him and to the best of our ability. We have to keep working hard.

Your shot hasn’t been falling that much in the first three games. Does it affect you or do you just keep shooting?

MP: It doesn’t bother me. As a shooter I know that I’m going to have highs and lows, it comes with the role. So I just keep working hard, take a lot of shots in practice and hope that they start falling in game situations.

Let’s talk a bit about you and the Golden State Warriors. Looking back on last season, do you feel that maybe you underachieved personally?

MP: No, I wouldn’t say that. I’m not too disappointed with the way I played because as a player coming off the bench you don’t really know how much playing time you’re going to get night in and night out, but I just try to be ready every time.

How about as a team? With Baron Davis in his first full season with the Warriors there was great promise and talk of making the playoffs but you missed out. Was that disappointing?

MP: Yeah, that was disappointing because we lost the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. We let it slip away but we’ll do everything we can next season to get to the postseason and we know the fans are behind us and they know we can make it. I’m going to do everything I can to help this team reach that goal and when we make the playoffs, it’s going to feel like we just won an NBA championship. It will be great for me personally, for my teammates who’ve been around for quite a while, for the franchise and, of course, for our great fans.

And for you, this upcoming season is important because of your contract situation.

MP: I don’t think too much about that. I want to be a Warrior for as long as possible. Hopefully I can stay with them for the next six or seven years. My goal is to help them achieve great things and be the best team possible because we have some great fans who deserve to see us do well for them.

What can we expect from France in these World Championships?

MP: Well, we definitely will give our best efforts in every game as we have done so far. The results have been encouraging until now and we have high hopes to go deep into this tournament.

How about Team USA? What do you think about them?

MP: Well they’ve put together a great team with some great players LeBron (James), Dwyane (Wade), Carmelo (Anthony) and the rest of them. They’ve done well up to this point in the tournament and I don’t see anyone stopping them from going all the way to win this championship.

Do you think they can beat a team like Argentina?

MP: Yeah, they have enough talent to hold them off and every other team.

And how about France? What are you aiming for?

MP: We’re just taking it one game at a time. We want to win every game that we play but there’s no point in getting carried away and thinking too far ahead.
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Be great if he plays to his potential and remains on the team but it looks doubtful right now
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:29 pm
If he recognizes defense as his asset and works especially hard to become a lock-down defender, then I'd keep him. If not, screw him.
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John Patrick wrote:If he recognizes defense as his asset and works especially hard to become a lock-down defender, then I'd keep him. If not, screw him.



Good point - He was a better defender than what he is now because he wanted to be. If he doesn't get back to working with his strengths and getting better improving his weaknesses then he is no assett at all but I want to give him a good two years with opportunity and PROPER organisation, which just won't happen with this coach
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Yeah, the thing is he was better than Diaw, it's just the organization they landed in. Diaw gets a great basketball system and Pietrus gets Monty. :x
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John Patrick wrote:Yeah, the thing is he was better than Diaw, it's just the organization they landed in. Diaw gets a great basketball system and Pietrus gets Monty. :x


Basically...

I also think that Pietrus biggest problem last season was coaching. And injuries at the beginning of the season didn't help. He wasn't the same once he got back.
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TMC wrote:
John Patrick wrote:Yeah, the thing is he was better than Diaw, it's just the organization they landed in. Diaw gets a great basketball system and Pietrus gets Monty. :x


Basically...

I also think that Pietrus biggest problem last season was coaching. And injuries at the beginning of the season didn't help. He wasn't the same once he got back.



Yea, Pietrus was actually playing well 'til late December-'06 year hit by. That's when the Warriors took a big hit. The intensity, chemistry, heart, play, was all lost. Pietrus never showed that November form.
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O.G. broe wrote:Let’s talk a bit about you and the Golden State Warriors. Looking back on last season, do you feel that maybe you underachieved personally?

MP: No, I wouldn’t say that. I’m not too disappointed with the way I played

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This kid is given an opportunity last season. He completely loses it and fails. He has the worst statistical season of his career. He declines in, virtually, every category except minutes. His percentages tank across the board. And then he claims, "oh, no, I'm not disappointed with myself at all last year"...

... and than he has the audacity to say he wants to stay a Warrior as long as possible?!?!

Mully, scoop this choking piece of shiit off our front lawn and throw him into the neighbor's yard. Of course he wants to stay a Warrior... hell, after a season like that, he probably just wants to stay in the NBA. :banghead:
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Well I'm pretty sure players are told to say "I want to stay with X team" unless it's obvious they're bags are packed. Pietrus seems pretty arrogant, I bet he wants to go to a different team!
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More power to him!

The only team he'd thrive on would be Phoenix... #1, because they need a SG (Raja Bell is only decent because of Nash) and #2, because Nash makes everyone better.

Any other team in the league and he'd be 32 MPG, producing 14 PPG and nothing else worthwhile.
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He would thrive under Kidd, as everyone seems to have forgotten. But he doesn't deserve an extension from the Warriors, for sure. What's sad is a lot of analysts think Pietrus is more valuable than Ellis or Diogu (Hollinger from ESPN for example).
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The problem with going to Jersey is that Kidd's already got an all-star SG and SF, so Pietrus would find his French ass glued to the bench worse than in Golden State.

He'd do a good job, sans Carter... but I don't see that happening.
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John Patrick wrote:He would thrive under Kidd, as everyone seems to have forgotten. But he doesn't deserve an extension from the Warriors, for sure. What's sad is a lot of analysts think Pietrus is more valuable than Ellis or Diogu (Hollinger from ESPN for example).


Hollinger is not an analyst. Hollinger is an ANAL-yst.
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#32 wrote:More power to him!

The only team he'd thrive on would be Phoenix... #1, because they need a SG (Raja Bell is only decent because of Nash) and #2, because Nash makes everyone better.

Any other team in the league and he'd be 32 MPG, producing 14 PPG and nothing else worthwhile.




He might just be good this season with nelson making the Warriors play like the Suns! I give him one more chance and now with a coach that loves athletes he should be given every chance to succeed and if he fuks it, it will be most likely his fault alone
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:57 am
I would give him limited minutes. His play last year was piss poor... even worse than Dunleavy. 10-15 minutes max seems appropriate.
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