Saturday , Jun , 27 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Will Golden State ruin Stephen Curry?

I have a message for Stephen Curry: get out now. Get in your car. Drive. Better yet, jump on a plane and rock Europe for a season or two. If going abroad isn’t an option, pretend you never hired an agent and try returning to Davidson. Bottom line: do not report to the current edition of the Golden State Warriors. The once proud franchise by The Bay is a mess. And it’s unlikely you reach your full potential playing for such a squad …


Will Golden State ruin Stephen Curry?I have a message for Stephen Curry: get out now. 

Get in your car. Drive. Better yet, jump on a plane and rock Europe for a season or two. If going abroad isn’t an option, pretend you never hired an agent and try returning to Davidson. Bottom line: do not report to the current edition of the Golden State Warriors.

The once proud franchise by The Bay is a mess. And it’s unlikely you reach your full potential playing for such a squad.

Teams need to have a plan for their young players. This is key in developing in-house talent. Last year the Warriors, from top to bottom as an organization, had no plan. The front office was a mess. Chris Mullin was a lame-duck executive. And new GM Larry Riley is a pawn for legendary coach turned mad man Don Nelson.

With so much dysfunction off-court, the on-court product suffered. Last year, the Warriors, despite having a nice mix of talented youngsters and experienced veterans, stumbled to 31-51 record, well back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

But how they lost was most troubling. One week, Nelson was going with veterans. The next week, he was all about developing the youth. As a result, both groups received inconsistent minutes and were understandably frustrated. The team lacked cohesion and chemistry, often resembling individuals getting ‘theirs’.

Other factors make the Warriors the wrong team to groom Curry into a solid professional. There are no mentors. The roster is perimeter heavy. In fact, they have an undersized combo guard in Monta Ellis, while veterans Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette will demand heavy minutes.

Recent reports indicate Golden State has refused to include Curry in trades. This is unfortunate. He would be better served elsewhere.

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