By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, September 20th, 2007 at 10:32 pm in Uncategorized.
Now that the Warriors have gotten rid of Sarunas Jasikevicius, there is room for a disgruntled Euro on the Warriors bench. The Warriors can be a player with the pieces they have. Mickael Pietrus and Al Harrington might do the trick. Throw in Patrick O’Bryant as well.
But, I want to hear from you. Do you want AK47? Will he fit?
Before you answer, let’s look at some pros and cons.
*He’s long and athletic, and flourishes in an uptempo system — perfect for the Warriors style of play. He’s been shackled by Utah’s ocassion to grind it out
*He’s also a strong defensive presence, especially when it comes to protecting the basket. The Warriors need that desperately.
*He’s only 26, so he’s still young and has a lot of developing to do. He’s already a triple-double threat just off intangibles. Imagine if Nellie gets a hold of him.
*He has something to prove. He’s fallen out of favor with Jerry Sloan, and he’s being written off by most NBA heads as a cry baby. A change of scenery may be just what he needs.
*His wife, Masha, a former Russian model, would definitely bring some buzz to the Oracle. Remember, she’s the one who gave him an annual one-time voucher to have an affair.
* He can’t shoot, at least not consistently. The Warriors don’t need another swingman with a sketchy jumper.
* This dude is a good guy, by all accounts. Al Harrington told me he was a genuinely cool cat. But he’s a head case in the locker room. Whenever things don’t go his way, you can count on him whining to the media and stirring up some kind of fuss. He can be a distraction. He asked for his trade on a blog, in Russian. Enough said.
* He’s on the books for $63 million over the next four years. If the Warriors pick up AK47, and extend Baron, Andris and Monta, that’s all the cap for the future and the Warriors won’t be players in the free agent market for a while.
* After what BD did to him in the playoffs, how could he ever come play here? How could he sit in the locker room and look him in the face every day?