- Nov 2, 2007
Moving Dray, while not paying him hugely for his next contract (33-35yr old Dray's D will be much worse) helps the Warriors in the long run.Per Kerr, Poole was the ultimate arbiter. He and Dray apparently got together and worked things out. Kerr said yesterday that the decision was going to be left to the players, which we can presume means probably JP with input from the elder statesman: Steph, Looney, Iguodala.
Loon in particular has apparently stepped up big in the crisis, being both super close with JP (who idolized him as a fellow Milwaukee prep stud, three years his senior) and an official member of the OG. Even with Dray returning, I think he’s effectively stepped into Dray’s role among the team’s core emotional leaders, with Steph and Andre. While he presumably signed off on Dray’s return, he also said it’s gonna take time for him to win back the players’ trust.
Personally: while I’m still pissed at Dray to the point where I basically want him gone (if not right now, at a date TBD, like Tommy in Goodfellas) I can’t knock the Warriors’ process of leaving it up to the players; and either way, I don’t think an arbitrary X game suspension coming down from on high (as happened with the Dray-KD dustup) really changes shit. Dray lost the respect he had among the team and among NBA players in general, and is never gonna win it back completely. Let him stew in that knowledge while he’s yapping at the refs with his teammates rolling their eyes behind him, or while he’s trying to negotiate his extension with his leverage lost.
Giving DG's minutes to Looney, Wiseman, Kuminga, and JaMychel this season would probably be a push (save the past performance graphs folks- we all know his BPM is large).
Bob/Steve squeeze this last year out of Dray and move on, while JP is paid a kings' ransom.
The sucker punch did Bob Myers a huge favor ....and since I love conspiracy theories as much as the next Q follower, I say Bob leaked that video to his friends at TMZ