Anthony Randolph

Nelson and Mullin aren’t talking, and Randolph isn’t playing

Like Kellen Winslow, MAN, I’M PISSED!!!

Could the Warriors possibly be interested in Raymond Felton, a mediocre, undersized combo guard who can’t shoot? Even more confusing, could they be thinking of trading Tony Randolph and/or Brandan Wright for him?

Problem is, I have no idea who I should be angry with. Should I be angry with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer for tossing trades against the wall to see what sticks?

Should I be mad at Don Nelson for making Brandan Wright and Tony Randolph miserable, and contributing to the idea that either one of these talented, athletic forwards are dispensable on a team crying for rebounding and interior defense?

Should I turn my negative thoughts towards Robert Rowell, who has seemingly allowed Nellie to create his own sick version of a dream team, a squad with 13 swingmen along with Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf?

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Nellie and Chris Mullin aren’t even on speaking terms, in part because Mullin, like myself, feels Randolph is the future face of the franchise. Nellie, on the other hand, has been rumored to tell Randolph that he and his agent should look into possible trades.

What’s wrong with Nelson? Did Bill Russell taunt Nellie unmercifully in his early days with the Celtics? Did Dave Cowens beat up on Nelson and give him noogies? With Nelson’s history, I’m beginning to wonder if the 6’6″ Warriors coach feels like he has to be the tallest guy on the team.

I have the feeling Bonnell is pulling stuff out of his nether regions to excite fans of a boring, horribly mismanaged team, especially after reading this from a blog post he wrote yesterday:

I wrote about the Golden State Warriors’ interest in Raymond Felton in Thursday’s Observer, but that might not be the only thing those two teams could consider.

I wonder about Wallace going west. The Warriors, obviously struggling as they’ve been reconfigured, can’t be real excited with how signing Corey Maggette has worked out.

I can’t see the Bobcats taking back Maggette’s deal — about $9.6M per over this season and the next four. One of the reasons the Bobcats would be open to trading Wallace is to reduce some salary-cap obligation.

But I wonder if something else (maybe involving Ronny Turiaf?) could be worked out.

Oooh, and maybe after that the Bobcats can trade Sean May for LeBron James and the rights to Ricky Rubio! And maybe the Warriors would be willing to trade Andris Biedrins to Charlotte for Adam Morrison? Wouldn’t that be awesome?!?! Woo-hoo, time for more egg nog!!!

Still, this is just some beat reporter across the country at a medium-sized newspaper, a guy who’s probably wondering if he’ll be forced asked to take a buyout and is just trying to garner some page views in Charlotte without having to type the words “Duke” or “Hansbrough.”

It’s annoying to those who actually look to the media for information and not to read reports from “NBA sources” that aren’t any more factually based than some guy calling a sports talk show, but forgivable. Maybe the Warriors are probably trying to trade Marco Belinelli (a guy who recently said he looked forward to getting a chance on another team), Corey Maggette and Marcus Williams for Gerald Wallace and somebody like Alexis Ajinca (see, I can use the ESPN Trade Machine, too!).

I’m not totally enamored with Wright. I think with his shot-blocking ability and shooting percentage he should be given at least 22 minutes per game, but I don’t know if he has the personality to be an interior force in the NBA. When I met him briefly on Monday night along with Adonal Foyle, Wright seemed like one of the nicest, gentlest people in the world, let alone NBA power forwards. Put it this way: next to Wright, Adonal was downright intimidating.

Randolph, who didn’t play one second of the Warriors’ Wednesday loss to the Pacers, is a totally different story. While Nelson has admitted that “Randolph is a better rebounder (than Wright), but he doesn’t know what he’s doing yet on the offensive end,” Nelson said in an interview with Matt Steinmetz a couple weeks ago. “So I’ve got to be careful there. At least he will get rebounds. He gets good rebounds per minute.”

OH NO, can’t have Randolph screw up Nellie’s precious offense! He might take shots away from Stephen Jackson or C.J. Watson! And we all know how many plays the Warriors run — he might forget where to go!

I’m telling you, if it’s not Felton, it’s going to be somebody like Ben Gordon. Or Allen Iverson, Steve Francis, or anybody else who has been described as a combo-guard over the past decade. Rowell has taken the team from Mullin and handed it to Nellie, even if the Felton rumors were fully untrue. Come to think of it, I’m probably not half as pissed as Mullin and Randolph right now.

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