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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Pietrus ripped by Golden State sideline reporter

Golden State Warriors Examiner - Mickael Pietrus leaves Warriors with less fanfare than B.D. ... or Adonal Foyle, for that matter - Examiner.com

It was harder to say good-bye to Adonal Foyle than it was Pietrus, even though Foyle was a far less productive player. But Warriors fans came to respect Foyle because in the end they knew, unfortunately, he had reached his potential as a player.

The same can’t be said of Pietrus and that’s why he’s out the door with no fanfare.

To call Pietrus an “underachiever” would be too strong. When he was good, he helped the Warriors win. But he was never consistent in his five seasons with Golden State and for that reason I don’t believe he’ll make any more of an impact for the Magic than he did the Warriors. (Conjecture?)

But I can’t remember Pietrus ever hitting a big shot. I remember him hitting shots that kept momentum going or perhaps stopped another team’s momentum late in games. But I can’t remember a shot he made that was the difference between a Warriors win and loss.

Help me out if you remember one.

Pietrus was usually upbeat and charismatic, a little too soft overall, special at times, ordinary a lot and ineffective a little too much. He will definitely benefit from a change of scenery. Pietrus will amuse, impress and confound the city of Orlando. Just like he did here.

But at the end of the day, Pietrus isn’t an NBA starter. Or to put it more gently, he has yet to prove he's an NBA starter. He can't be a starter on a contender anyway. But coming off the bench is not going to sit well with him, not at this point of his career.

Pietrus is like countless NBA players; he thinks he’s better than he is. If he comes off the bench, he’s not going to be content, and if he starts you’re not going to be that good.

Pietrus was one of the most friendly and positive players who ever came down the pike for the Warriors ... among the nicest and most outgoing I've dealt with in 15 years or so doing this. Fans should be collectively bumming out about his departure.

But Pietrus needed to be a better player for that to be happening.
Wow. That is pretty harsh. Golden State is an odd team. They sucked before Don Nelson showed up. Then Nelson ran Pietrus as a 4, didn't like him there, so didn't play him much. Not sure if a SG not making it as a big man is underachieving or simply bad coaching. With Nelson you can never tell, but it's safe to say Don Nelson would earn a lot of votes in the Most Overated Coaches Hall of Fame.

SVG has Pietrus scheduled to start at SG instead of PF. All of the above hopefully will turn out to be b.s. with SVG calling the shots.

6 Comments:

  • At 10:29 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Yes, that was a rather harsh assessment of Pietrus by the GS writer, but I don't buy it because Pietrus will be in a situation with the Magic that is much more suited to his style of play.

    Even the GS writer admitted that Pietrus "will definitely benefit from a change of scenery."

     
  • At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That was so accurate I swore in French and I don't speak the language.

     
  • At 6:00 PM, Anonymous SGSW said…

    Pietrus getting ripped by a reporter??? Oh well, how about ripping the people who put the team together because their team stinks without Baron. Now who's to blame???

     
  • At 3:25 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Good point. The Warriors will be lucky to finish .500 next season.

     
  • At 12:34 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    The Warriors have plenty of reasons to be bitter. If dumping on Pietrus is going to make them feel a little better about themselves, go for it.

    The Warriors blew up on the map back in the 2007 playoffs, making it into the 2nd round after upsetting the Mavs. What have they done then besides get worse? Richardson, Pietrus, and specifically Davis were all huge in that run, now they're all gone.

    Now I have a feeling they'll have to "Believe" in one of the worst things in the NBA, mediocrity.

    So, enjoy watching the Magic from home come playoff time. Maybe TNT will invite one of your players to be a guest? Wait, that guy used to be Baron Davis, so maybe not.

    One thing you have to consider is, the Magic are not bringing Pietrus in here to be a "go to guy". They're bringing him in primarily to defend, and hit some open shots.

     
  • At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Typical. He's the easy target for the team's mishaps. The guy is a ROLE player. And yes those can be found in the lottery as well. He could be Darko or Kwame! For big shots you had a pecking order of Baron, Steven Jackson, Monta, Beidrins and Harrington. And JRich, Dunleavy, Murphy before that. How many big shots did he even see? Hitting shots to swing momentum was his ROLE!! And before we bring up consistency, please run down the names of coaches during his tenure in Golden State. Nelson's the most decorated and he had him consistently playing out of position.

     

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