Why Draymond Green May Soon Be the Odd Man Out at Golden State
The Golden State Warriors are on the upswing. They’re No. 7 in the West, three games ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they’re just about the only team left from the original Big Three era. But the Warriors are making a lot of mistakes. So many, in fact, that they have to look up and see Golden State’s front office, led by CEO and owner Joe Lacob and President Chris Mullin, and wonder, why, why, why?
If this sounds like a raving fanboy rambling, that’s because it is, but there are some very specific issues with the Warriors’ organization that may help explain why a team of this caliber is where it is and why Lacob and Mullin are where they are. There’s nothing subtle about these issues, just straightforward honesty.
I’ll get to them in order.
1. Team Name
We’re starting with the most basic problem. That is, why the hell is there a “Warriors” team? The Warriors were the first incarnation of the team, the team that began in 1964 and was, to put it kindly, an embarrassing failure. But that doesn’t really matter.
No, what matters is that the team only had one name for over 40 years. They were known as the Warriors—and they played in San Francisco in the Bay Area, with the first incarnation of the team being the San Francisco Warriors.
Until the Warriors came to town, that meant the team was known as the Warriors or, more recently, the Warriors. Until the Warriors came to town, those were the two options—and both were bad.
What actually mattered was that the team was a failure. They were a complete and utter loser and, for the most part, so was the city of San Francisco, especially when their only champion was the first incarnation of the