Golden State Warriors: Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry and the 2010 Season

November 17th, 2010 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
To truly understand this article, first one must understand the Golden State Warriors and its fan base.

When considering the big scope of the NBA season, understand that Warriors fans don't enter the season thinking championship. Heck, they're not even thinking conference championship. With just one postseason trip in 16 seasons—2006-07—usually it comes down to weighing their options with a little over a month remaining: battle with everything they've got to be the eighth seed in the playoffs or add another mid-level lottery player to the mix.

And this season appeared to be no different. Despite what general manager Larry Riley wanted everyone to believe, their offseason wasn't too exciting. They sent away a player with superstar-level potential and two valuable bench pieces for a 27-year-old double-double machine. Make that, an Eastern Conference double-double machine who was his team's only legitimate scoring option.

So forgive the Warriors faithful if they didn't erupt when they watched Riley give said player—David Lee and his career 13.0 points per game—an $ 80 million contract. You see, they had already watched their ...

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