Tim Roye Journal
With the addition of Head Coach Eric Musselman, the Warriors improved 17 games this year
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The Warriors season ended this past Wednesday with a 117-111 loss to the Los Angles Lakers, a loss that saw Golden State drop the last four contests of the season. Despite that, the 38-44 record was the best for the club since the 1993-94 campaign.
Golden State was the most improved team in the NBA, going from 21 wins to 38 and that kind of jump is usually only made when you add a superstar type of player. Coach Eric Musselman deserves a great deal of credit for getting the players to believe that they can compete and for preparing them as well as any team that I have ever seen.
Twenty-four home wins combined with a 19-11 record against the Eastern Conference shows that the Warriors are competitive with most of the league and is handicapped by being in the tough Western Conference.
I have many other observations on the season, but I will save some of those for future journals. Also starting next week, I will provide my analysis of each player in-depth as part of the warriors.com season-in-review section. Each week, warriors.com will breakdown the players for each position beginning with the point guard position and Gilbert Arenas and Earl Boykins.
The Warriors had four players start all 82 games and you have to go back to 1986-87 to even find a season where the team had four players play in 82 games. Overall, in one of the healthiest years in recent memory, six players appeared in 82 games, the most in the franchise’s West Coast history. Veteran Warriors observers note though that after the injury plagued campaigns of years previous, maybe the team was due a year of unusual health.
LAST ROAD TRIP
The Warriors traveled to Phoenix and Dallas and I enjoyed my time in both cities. The Suns are playing really well and could give the Spurs some problems in the first round. Dallas was an interesting location as our hotel was filled with young girls participating in a regional dance contest. For many, it was probably the first time in a big city hotel and those of us who travel all the time forget how exciting that can be for a child.
A healthy Shaq should knock off Minnesota
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TROY MURPHY - - - Mr. Double/Double (37—9th in the league), the only player to improve by 5 points and five rebounds from a year before, 10.2 rebounds was good for fifth in the NBA
ERICK DAMPIER - - - scoring tapered off as others took over, but played 82 games and was in the Top-10 in the league in blocks per game at 1.88 per contest...was also in the Top-20 in offensive rebounding
GILBERT ARENAS - - - soared to a new level this year and became one of the most explosive scoring points in the league 18 plus per night was sixth among points, and was 6th in the league in assists and will be the most discussed Warriors player in the off-season
EARL BOYKINS - - - proved beyond a doubt that he belongs in the league, with numerous Warriors wins a result of his play off the bench, one of the best assist-turnover ratios in the league
MIKE DUNLEAVY - - - have no fears, he is a player….set season/career highs with 21 points and nine rebounds in the season finale against the Lakers, will get stronger and better this summer and will be a major factor for the club next season
ADONAL FOYLE - - - by our measure, the best back-up center in the league and combine his numbers with Dampiers and you have a pretty good tandem, finished in the Top 10 in blocks at 2.5 per contest
CHRIS MILLS - - - missed the last 19 games of the season with left ankle tendonitis and with one more year on his contract, needs to have a comeback year if he wants to continue playing
DANNY FORTSON - - - needs to forget about this year and start clean next fall, will be a player that the Warriors would like to move in the off-season for the best of both parties
JIRI WELSCH - - - will stay in the Bay Area this summer and confidence needs to be built up, along with body strength
The athleticism and length of wingspan should make Richardson a better defender in future years
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I was watching the Warriors-Suns game the other night and was getting sick to my stomach watching multiple Suns players drive down the middle of the lane and having four Warriors do nothing more than wave at him. If I was Coach Musselman, I would spend nearly all the time at training camp working on defense, since the Warriors already have such a high powered offense. What do you think?
P.S. What a season, huh? Let's hope it's just the beginning
There is no doubt that defense will be a major emphasis next season. This is a young team that needs to commit itself on the defensive end and I believe that they will make a major improvement next year because in Arenas, Richardson and Dunleavy, they have athletes with good wingspans and that will help the process. The driving down the middle part is all about trusting your teammates to help you out and that is unfortunately a skill that comes over time. This team has not been good defensively for years and it will not change over night. It was a good year and let’s hope that the jump from 38 wins to 46 victories can come as early as next season.
Have you heard anything about Steve Logan lately? Apparently, he's joined the "Pennsylvania Valleydawgs" of the USBL who start their season next week (Saturday, April 19).
You're privy to more Warriors news than most of us, so I thought you might be able to get some more info on Logan beyond what's on the Dawg's website For
instance, is Logan still injured? Is he in shape? Will his success in the USBL be enough to get him out of the doghouse and into the penthouse, or will he have to compete in this year's summer pro league to secure a spot? How does Earl Boykins fit in? Will Logan and Yinka Dare lead the 'Dawgs to yet another USBL championship??
These are the things THE PEOPLE want to know, Tim!
The GSW Kid
Darryl Dawkins in his prime as "Chocolate Thunder"
Logan did sign with the ValleyDawgs and will hopefully play over the weekend. It is a situation where if he plays well, then the Warriors will invite him to join their summer league team for the July session in Los Angeles. So, it is up to him, as the Warriors retain his rights because of his play and signing with both the NBDL and the USBL. The ValleyDawgs feature former NBA big men Yinka Dare and Keith Closs and they are coached by former NBA legend Darryl Dawkins, he of the Philly “Chocolate Thunder fame. Boykins is a free agent and I know the Warriors would love to have him back, as he was an important piece to the teams improvement this past year.
The Dawgs won the USBL in 2001 and look for another title this summer.
Thanks for the info and best of luck.
I was at the Nuggets game and I heard you mention the www.sign-arenas.20fr.com website during your broadcast...
I wanted to make sure you knew about the "other" Gilbert website that a friend and I started...we aren't the original, but we have a good relationship with the other one, we link to his and vice-versa...Ours is www.staygilbert.com
Keep up the good work. I from time-to-time will listen in to other teams' broadcasts (via the internet) and I truly believe you are one of the best hoops play-by-play guys in the business. You combine an excellent description and explanation of what's going on in the game with the perfect amount of excitement and enthusiasm. I also particularly enjoy the few occasions when you get to call games with Jim Barnett, who I also believe is one of the best in the business. I'd love for the Warriors to bring back the old days of the simulcasts, but I realize that's not likely to occur.
It's been a fun year for us fans, that's for sure. Have a good off-season.
A Warrior AND Tim Roye fan
First, thank you for the kind words and I assure you that I have a great job and love every minute of it. I like working with both Jim Barnett and Bob Fitzgerald and we tend to help each other get ready for the broadcasts.
There is no doubt that the relationship between Gilbert and Bay Area fans is a special one. I believe that Gilbert really wants to stay with the Warriors and keep playing in the NBA on the West Coast. He likes his teammates, and knows that he is biog part of where this team is headed. One thing is for sure and that is he will be the most discussed Warriors player in the off-season. Your email has now informed more fans of the web sites and they can link them thru the Journal
I try to answer as many of the emails that I receive and hope that you continue to send them in the off-season.