August 5, 2007 |
"I'm the king of L.A.," Baron Davis likes to say, with a smile on his bearded face. But he doesn't even play here. He plays in Oakland. And it's not right. They don't deserve him. We do. "Comfortable everywhere," he likes to say, grinning some more. There is a chuckle in his voice. "From Compton to Malibu."
May 14, 2007 |
There's another coach in this Golden State-Utah series, a guy who's one of the best ever -- and certainly the best who never received a coach-of-the-year award. Golden State's Don Nelson has three of those trophies. He has the praise of his players and the gratitude of NBA fans who were sick of the status quo thanks to a freewheeling style that made stars of castoffs and a mockery of NBA standards. But Nelson doesn't have the lead in this series.
May 13, 2007 |
Rest assured, below the mohawk and underneath all the tattoos, it's still the same Matt Barnes you remember at UCLA. Still the slender, versatile forward. Still the prankster. Still at his best when riding shotgun with Baron Davis. It's just nothing that he did at UCLA or in his four previous NBA stops during a vagabond career had you ready for this, a major role with the sudden darling of the playoffs.
May 9, 2007 |
So, after taking eight years of his career, carving up his body and sullying his good name, the gods gave Baron Davis this postseason. What followed is now called the greatest upset in NBA history, the Warriors slaying the mighty Dallas Mavericks as Davis personally trampled the best-laid plans of Dallas Coach Avery Johnson and Johnson's guards. Welcome back to Mt. Olympus, kid, where did you go? "Ooh, is he good," said Nuggets Coach George Karl, watching from Denver.
May 5, 2007 |
Only a few pools of water from overnight showers occupied the deserted parking lot Friday morning at Oracle Arena, home of the suddenly chic Golden State Warriors. The night before, the place was jammed. And most of the home crowd stood the entire second half, in a foot-aching but heartwarming expression of affection. Warriors, Warriors, how do we love thee? Snoop Dogg, Carlos Santana, Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson, Ronnie Lott, Woody Harrelson, Penny Marshall, they know how.
May 4, 2007 |
If mere pride goes before a fall, far worse awaited the Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban, whose bombast set them up for a pratfall for the ages that arrived with a splat Thursday night. In an upset as improbable as the dead-end kids who pulled it off, the Golden State Warriors buried the team that finished 25 games ahead of them, 111-86, taking the series, 4-2. The Mavericks, who went 67-15 this season, became the winningest No.