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Kobe Takes (Indirect) Shot at Warriors Management for Jeremy Lin Gaffe

It seems Kobe Bryant thinks GM Larry Riley, Assistant GM Bob Myers and the rest of the Warriors’ staff should be axed for letting Jeremy Lin go. At least that’s what he told the Associated Press
KOBE: “The biggest thing to me is how everybody missed that. They all would be fired if I was owning a team. I hear this stuff about it coming out of nowhere, and I think it’s (wrong). You can’t play that well and just come out of nowhere. There has to be something there, and everybody missed it, so heads would roll.”
Certainly, in hindsight, Lin looks like a keeper. Even Steve Nash, according to ESPN.com, echoed Bryant’s sentiments that something was there.
NASH: “I think [the Knicks] is a good system for him, but I think every team can use a point guard like him. I don’t think it’s because of the system. I think it’s a good system for him, but I think he’d be good anywhere he played the game.”
Is Kobe on to something? Should someone be fired for missing on Lin? Or does Riley & Co. get a pass since NOBODY knew Lin was this good. Not the Warriors, Rockets or Knicks (who had him on the bench for months). Is this a bigger miss than the one many Warriors fans lament about: choosing Ekpe Udoh of Greg Monroe?

Marcus Thompson

  • Fierce South

    GSW needs to reassess their ability to evaluate talent. You don’t let an asset go for nothing in return (aside from minimal cap space).

  • J Canseco

    In a real NBA organization, it would have happened but the Warriors treat everyone from the GM down with kid gloves. They always have.

  • EdLouie

    You can fire them for missing on Lin, but you could also fire them for:
    -Using the amnesty on an expiring contract
    -not knowing the market for Jordan
    -insisting that they have a playoff caliber roster.

  • wil

    wow! In as much as I don’t like Kobe all that much for trying to compare to Michael Jordan. (Jordan will always be in a class all by himself, everybody else is just competing for 2nd, including Kobe).
    Kobe Bryant, is right on the money on this one, I’ve been advocating all along to FIRE GM LARRY RILEY ALL ALONG, LARRY RILEY REPRESENTS THE OLD ERA, OLD MANAGEMENT, LACOB MADE A BIG MISTAKE IN LEAVING HIM HERE, HE SHOULD’VE CLEANED HOUSE! INCLUDING THE TALENT HE HAS NOW FROM THE OLD ERA AND MANAGEMENT.
    LARRY RILEY!!! I WANT YOU FIRED NOW!!!! LARRY RILEY GOT IT GO!!! HOW COULD YOU MISS JEREMY LIN TALEN AND LET HIM GO FOR GHOST DEANDRE JORDAN. LARRY RILEY, I KNOW YOU WERE DESPERATE FOR A BIG MAN, BUT FOR DEANDRE JORDAN THAT NEVER CAME TO FRUITION, LET JEREMY LIN FOR NOTHING?!? IT HAS TO BE THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN FOR YOU AND YOU LEAD YOU TO YOUR DEMISE LARRY RILEY!!! LARRY RILEY, YOU GAMBLED AND FAILED! YOU GAMBLED TO GET RID OF LIN TO MAKE SPACE FOR WHO? DEANDRE JORDAN? COME ON!!! DEANDRE JORDAN WILL NEVER BE WORTH JEREMY LIN!!! LARRY RILEY, YOU ARE JOKE TO THE LEAGUE, NOBODY TAKES YOU SERIOUSLY, HOW CAN WE BRING A BIG SUPERSTAR TO THE BAY WITH YOU STILL SEATING THERE!? LACOB IF YOU DON’T LET LARRY RILEY GO NOW, IS TIME FOR YOU TO STEP ASIDE AND SELL THE FRANCHISE! BUT IF YOU WANT TO KEEP PUTTING YOUR HANDS ON THE FIRE FOR LARRY, SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY FOR JEREMY LIN’S SLIP UP!!!???

  • Dad

    Mainly I think it’s nice that Kobe is acknowledging that Lin is a big talent. I think Riley has had much more fireable offenses than this one. Let’s face reality – everybody missed because Lin is Asian. The guy is a big, strong, quick guard that can penetrate at will. He’s shown that consistently at every level. Sadly, just about every D1 coach and NBA GM couldn’t see past his race to view the clear talent and dominant statistics staring them in the face. So Riley’s far from alone. And I know, Lin has to work on his ballhandling and his shooting (although that’s improving) but the guy is clearly an NBA starter.

  • Ron

    This happened because our mis-management team does not plan past tomorrow. They are more concerned with winning a few games than assessing the whole roster. Now Tyler is going to the D league? Why so Biedrens is not threatened by him taking his minutes. Seriously is Biedrens a long term answer at center? Heck no, so why is he playing at all?

  • EJ

    Larry Riley has been making mistakes left and right. The David Lee signing, low balling Jordan and Chandler knowing their market value was higher, not amnesty-ing Biedrins, hiring a head coach in Mark Jackson that is the complete opposite of Steph Curry’s game, drafting Udoh instead of Monroe (like EVERYBODY thought they should), forcing the Steph/Monta backcourt to work when it won’t if you want to win. Yeah, I think Riley should’ve been fired a long time ago.

  • wil

    In as much as I don’t like Kobe (for trying to compare to Michael Jordan, MJ is all in a class all by himself, everybody else is just competing for 2nd place, including you Kobe). Kobe is right on the money about Jeremy Lin? Larry Riley should go, he needs to get the ax and whomever else made the decision with him, but mainly Larry Riley for giving Jeremy Lin for nothing, giving him up for Deandre Jordan that never came to fruition. Larry Riley your gambled didn’t pay off and you should go for that, this franchise has zero tolerance for this type of error. Larry Riley, out of desperation for a big man, you made the biggest mistake you have ever made in your entired career and now we the fans give you the boot! LARRY RILEY YOU GOT IT GO NOW, YOU OVERSTAYED YOUR WELCOME, OR ELSE, WE THE FANS WILL MAKE SURE WE VACATE THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS PREMISES!
    IF YOU DON’T GO WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK, WE THE FANS ARE BOYCOTTING THE NEXT GAMES AFTER THIS WEEK. SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY FOR JEREMY LIN AND WE DEMAND IS YOU LARRY RILEY! LARRY RILEY YOU ARE JOKE TO THE NBA AND YOU ARE A DISGRACE, NOBODY TAKES YOU SERIOUSLY AROUND THE LEAGUE. LARRY RILEY YOU GOT IT GO NOW!!! WE GIVE YOU THE BOOT, OR ELSE LACOB HAS TO GO, ONE OF YOU HAS TO GO, FOR JEREMY LIN!

  • Scooby

    I believe Riley is just the face of the Warriors GM position.
    Lacob, Myers, and a couple of others are actually running the show and making these decisions.

    As they say. Too many cooks, spoil the pot.

  • wil

    TIME TO SEE HEADS ROLLING NOW!!!!!!

  • Derek

    Everybody with a brain (except Lacob) knows Larry Riley has to be fired. The guy is a pitiful GM, nothing but mistake after mistake. Lets hope the idiot is fired before the teams next major transaction. Riley has been a clueless loser everywhere he’s been. Expecting Riley to get better is the same as expecting superstar status for Biedrens aka Uwe Blab part II or Jr.

    Riley, St. Jean, Dunleavy = no chance for success.

  • frustration sensation

    In a normal situation there would be summer league & other opportunities for the organization to see whether or not Lin had progressed in the off season. However, they let him go without the benefit of seeing him in summer league competition & before a shortened training camp barely had time to start. They let a young, talented player go WITHOUT re-evaluating him. That’s the issue. They can claim “nobody knew” because nobody took the time to do their job & find out.

  • TC

    Of course there should be firings. The entire Deandre Jordan situation should be grounds for firing.

    They gave up three assets for nothing. Everyone on earth knew the CLips would match, but the Ws gave up the amnesty, Lin and a very useful expiring contract just for the chance to cross their fingers and pray something that was inevitable wouldn’t happen.

    Add that to picking Udoh over MOnroe and you need to clean house. These type of decisions aren’t going to end up helping them now or in the long run and the flaw in thinking is the elephant in the room that everyone except the Ws see.

  • Ken

    Lin was UNDRAFTED.

    So, Kobe was saying “Fire All NBA GMs”.

    In reality, amongst 7 Billion People, there have to be thousands of potential NBA level players, some who have never heard of basketball.

    Sure, it is easy to spot a 7 foot 6 inch guy and say “he should play basketball”, but any 90 IQ guy can do that.

    PS And don’t forget that if Lin were on the Rockets or Warriors, he would be still be an unknown bench player averaging 6 minutes a game…

  • Rodger

    GM Larry Riley should be held accountable for poor judgment and decision-making. The bottom line is that he should be fired for a series of bad calls, viz., using the one-time option on letting a small contract go while retaining a huge bust in Andris Biedrins and letting Lin go for naught. However, given the Warrior’s roster and starting group, as well as their gross underestimation of Lin’s talents, Jeremy would have languished on the bench had he stayed–unless the Warriors were prepared to trade Ellis and/or Curry and other players for a solid, if not great, post player. The Knicks provided the “perfect storm” of opportunity for Lin to start, and to shine, under D’Antoni.

    Where was Jerry West throughout all this? His role, by choice or by design, underutilizes his immense gift for judging NBA talent–unless he has lost his “edge” due to lack of motivation and keeping current with the players.

    Lacob needs to do serious house-cleaning in management and among the team players if he has any hope of revitalizing the Warriors. So far I am NOT impressed with the overall product, progress or prognosis.

  • wil

    True that! If he was still a Warrior, maybe he still would’ve been a 6 minutes bench guy!!! Hadn’t thought of that!
    Good for Lin, If going to New York gave him the exposure he deserved and the promotion God gave him, than I’m ecstatic and happy for him. If staying with the Warriors meant he was going to be on the background in anonymatus status, then I’m more than happy for him. But I’m pissed as ever for the Warriors, a move like this can definitely make one reconsider being a Warrior fan!

  • Jaysohn

    It’s just a ridiculous notion that the Warriors somehow missed on Lin in some fashion than every other team would have. I don’t recall one Warrior fan crying over Lin being let go. In fact most fans were complaining about Lacob taking up a roster spot last year with Lin as a marketing move for Asian-American fans. How many complained about not having a real backup point guard last season? Lin was undrafted coming out of college which means NO team thought he was worth even a late second round pick. Dallas didn’t make him an offer after being on their summer league team. Houston waived him before this season started. The Knicks picked him up and sent him to the D-league and then sat him on the bench with no playing time until the had no choice with injuries. NO everyone wants to act like the Warriors should have known he was going to blow up. Is there one Warrior fan who even now would take Lin over Ellis or Curry?

  • deano

    I take Kobe’s remark as an insult to Mitch Kupchak, whom we know he doesn’t like. But Kobe is a jerk: all the time, everywhere, on any subject.

    The whole NBA overlooked Lin; so under Kobe’s pronouncement, all heads in all NBA FO’s are now rolling on the floor. Who takes their place? Kobe? Is Kobe claiming that HE spotted Lin’s talent before Lin got into the Knicks’ line-up? I doubt that.

  • Twinkie defense

    And then the flipside… Warriors were terrified to lose Andris Biedrins. Biedrins!

  • Dave

    The Mavs were first to cut Lin. Then the Warriors and Rockets were next to cut Lin. 16 other teams were ahead of the Knicks when Lin became available. So 16 teams plus Mavs, Warriors, and Houston all passed on Lin. Riley must go but Kobe needs to learn his role.

  • Dave

    The biggest miss for the KNICKS was paying broken down Amare $20 million for 5 years when several times the Knicks could have signed Lee for $8 to $12 million at several points.

  • Slamma Jamma

    Jaysohn – you said you didn’t hear any Warriors fans complaining that Lin was let go, that was because 1) we had hardly ever gotten to see him play. Seemingly (like right now) the W’s were too interested in trying to win for the moment, with any long term plan at all. And 2) we foolishly thought he was dropped beacuse he wasn’t very good. We didn’t see him practice every stinkin’ day for year!! And we aren’t “professional” talent evaluators either. We are fans.

    Now we see that the W’s missed again. They rated Lin too low, they rate Beadrins too high, they rate Monroe too low, they rate Udoh too high, they rate Lee too high and give him a load of cash, and on and on and on. It is a comedy of errors over there, and they are led by a clown of a GM.

  • Eric

    Jeremy Lin is a flash in the pan….stay tuned cry babies….

  • Young

    Feel like a high school teacher here but…

    Although Kobe’s math is off, he still got the right answer!(fire Riley) Good job Kobe!

  • esdfds

    13. Dave

    The Mavs actually offered Lin a D-League contract but Lin passed on that when the Ws offer came.

    I think J-Lin actually improved drastically during the summer when he actually saw the tempo of the game. Unfortunately, the Ws cut him before they even saw his improvements.

  • TC

    Check out all the Warrior’s employees coming out to defend the mediocrity of their organization. A bit more time spent worrying about the roster and less about spin may help get a winning product on the floor.

    What a classless organization.

  • John Starks

    Lin was undrafted. ALL GMs missed on Lin, EXCEPT the Warriors who took a chance.

    Unfotunately for Lin, Keith Smart was trying to keep his job so he rode Monta like a slave mule the whole season and wasn’t willing to risk giving Lin (who, at the time, was still a bit unrefined) significant minutes to develop himself.

    What I can’t understand is why you’d release a potentially good player with misiscule little contract and NOT amnesty an essentially worthless player with a huge contract just to make an offer on a restricted free agent who wasn’t likely to be stolen from the team he was playing for. The rules of the new CBA helped create this atrocity. I honestly believe that the Warriors would have kept Lin save for the CBA rule.

    Not to be overlooked is the fact that Lin worked UBER-hard over the summer to get better, and that didn’t earn him a second look from the Warriors brass. They cut him before the first practice.

  • DW

    Kobe is right. As always wit the GSW’s …smh…

  • Stan

    Yep-Like I told you all,Lacob hired the same gang of idiots expecting them to do better? And for 900grand Jerry West didnt even say “Keep Lin”?..and that’s because West spends all his time in soucal..couldn’t even be in the same war room during the draft-can you beleive that?
    Riley drafts the same type player over and over..he picks the ones that NEVER tried weights or even a bench press. No,he goes for that willowy sinuey and plain skinny player. Then spends the season telling the media GS needs “size”. Why doesnt Larry ever think of that at draft time?
    Yep-Joe Lacob would by the resturant owned by the mad poisoner..and keep him as chef. “I need time to evaluate his work” says Joe Lacob.

  • Stan

    Dang typos..

  • Stan

    Oh yeah-Jeremy Lin has now been on 20 straight S.I. New York covers. Matching only Mickael Jordan and weirdly, Dirk Nowitzski.

  • Stan

    Michael.

  • ben brung

    Yes, every other team should at least analyze how they completely whiffed. However, the Warriors had the guy in their system for a year. That earns Riley a unique and dubious honor. Although, I agree that Lin would still be on the Warriors’ bench, this makes the issue worse because it seems means the coaching staff is a clueless as the management staff.

    Has there been a more risk-averse team in the NBA? It’s not a stretch to imagine that race may have been among some of the irrelevant factors that have spooked them from drafting or even keeping a good to great player. I still remember the criticism of Parrish being passive because of his stoic expression – the one we later got to see regularly while he played in the finals year-after-year while earning his spot in the hall of fame. I recall the Warriors being spooked by guys who were, among other things: too fat, too skinny, too much of a tweener, lacking in media sophistication, a bad fit in our “system” . . . OUR SYSTEM trumping talent on a team that’s been mostly mediocre to horrible since 1975?!

    As for fans not noticing Lin either, I do remember seeing multiple commenters on other sites wondering out loud why Lin’s defense and willingness to move the ball had not earned him more minutes – especially after we had already been eliminated from the playoffs. We would have had to see these minutes before we could have seen potential stardom

  • Niners in 2012

    It’s a failure at all levels of the front office and coaching staff. JLin is a brilliant pickNroll player and was never given a chance. That’s on coaches, and who hired Keith Smart? Joe Lacob. He fired Nellie who loves pickNroll, would’ve figured out JLins talent right away. Lacob is lying through his teeth when he says he signed JLin for anything other than selling jerseys/tickets. He had no idea JLin had NBA talent, gimme a break.

    Another thing is people say JLin wouldn’t have gotten a chance this year. WRONG. How many games has Curry missed and will miss this year? JLin would’ve gotten a chance to shine and show how much he improved this summer but he was cut before a single practice this year. Total failure all around.

  • O’fer

    Really, Knicks burn thru 4 PGs before starting Lin. Should D’Antonio be fired? He’s riding Lin like friggin Secretariat (his own words), so even he didn’t see this and wasnt expecting this. Kobe should shut up and get back to destroying all the Laker team chemistry that is left.

  • Niners in 2012

    D’Antoni deserves credit for giving JLin a chance, something we never gave him.

  • Steve

    I couldn’t care less about Jeremy Lin in relation to the Warriors, both past, present and future. The Warriors biggest strength continues to be their backcourt, and is not an area that’s in dire need of improving. With Charles Jenkins likely to become an excellent backup (at least) pg in the future, and Nate Robinson currently doing quite well off the bench, the Warriors aren’t hurting for bodies at Lin’s position. Good luck to Lin, but again, the Warriors needs lie elsewhere. Like interior defense and rebounding.

    BTW, it’s always amusing to read all the selective amnesia whiners when it comes to so-called inept front office decisions. In that regard I would like to point out that those same “incompetents” traded Lou Amundson for Brandon Rush, signed the aforementioned Nate Robinson on the cheap, likewise Dom McGuire, and drafted a damn good looking youngin’ named Klay Thompson.

    If the Warriors had been able to sign Tyson Chandler (and they certainly gave it a good shot) GSW would be in the top 8 of the West right now. We’re talking one player away from being a playoff team this very minute. Obviously it’s all about the right kind of “one player”, and that description certainly doesn’t fit Jeremy Lin.

  • Stan

    What you leave out Steve is,if Riley,Meyers and West for their 3 mill a year or so in contracts had seen Lins talents..then with confidence they package off Curry,get a big man for Monta,Lin and..well..you have a good team-a playoff team. Now,we have a gimpy Curry and Monta just getting older with a team that goes nowhere,man.

  • ben brung

    Although the backcourt is clearly the team’s strength but the dilemma has been adding a big man without decimating it. Surfacing a legitimate additional talent would have meant additional trade possibilities with the potential for immediate success.

    The team has historically done will identifying D-League talent and maximizing mid-level talent. The best case upside for this focus has proven to be a non-playoff team. The team has been legendarily bad at drafting elite players and even worse at identifying them and keeping them when the do get them.

    Although the improvement in the 2nd team was a necessary step, the acquisition of solid mid-level talent will only turn into wins when you are not also acquiring mid-level talent with lottery draft picks.

  • PhillyJ

    Steve is delirious.

  • moreaufan2

    Riley shoukld be fired for more than the Lin stuff. He is terrible, and the way he got the job, only because he was Don Nelson’s boy, Chris Mullin put together a Playoff team and what di ou dumb management do, we let our best player go in Baron Davis, then we let Jason Richardson go for Brandon Wright! Wow we are dumb, He couldn even stay healthy cuz he was so Skinny, just like now, all he does is dunk in Dallas, and he hasnt really gotten any better. Kobe is right, and Syeve Nash, And Whenever Lin got in for us he always played well, but he just didnt get the minutes prbably because Riley told Smart he needed to play certain guys longer like Monta and Stephen. He didnt have to be a starter he but a good backup is importan to a team, look at guys like JJ Barea,CJ Watson another guy we let go, thy play key minutes for their team. We let of alot of good players year in and out. Now we just got B. Rush hopefully we do well with hi and let him play. he shold be a starter in my opinion over Dorell Wright who is not a starter, he is a role player who can come in and make shot from deep, cuz he cant drive at all, Rush can do it all, and he knows his strengths. Our Management has to be Smarter, Let see how long Jerry West hangs around.

  • moreaufan2

    To #37 i hear what ur saying but at the same time, we try to make role guy starters like D Wright who should come off the bench, B Rush shoulf start he has he experience and plays within himself, Wright does dumb stuff!

  • moreaufan2

    And Charles jenkins isnt evenm getting minutes anymore, so he is learning from our starting PG, okay, thats not a good look if you ask me! And Jack still wants to start Biedrins for real??? wow!

  • Yoda

    Yes Riley should be fired. No, not because of Lin.

    I couldn’t care less about Lin. This team was awful before him, with him, and after him, and he wouldn’t make any difference in Oakland.

  • Hoagy

    So What else is new? The Warriors Brass are notorious for missing players who coulda made a difference. Lin, Tolliver, Mitch Richmond,Webber, Kobe, Parish, ad nauseam….

  • Gav

    And of course the Lin today is not one from last year or even on Dec 9th. We have established that. But the Lin last year and on Dec 9, IS ABSOLUTELY 100% better than Either Charles Jenkins or Ish Smith and was absolutely better than Charlie Bell or ACIE Law last year.

    Again, as much as some and the Warrior management plus the pet Monkey Fitz wants to believe, it just doesn’t happen like that in Sports, especially the NBA.

    Yet this pathetic management played ALL THOSE guys over Lin. That is the issue here.

    With this type of decision makers, YOU WOULD BE A FOOL to not think same thing will happen again.

  • Gav

    Yoda, are you a moron? Lin didn’t even play and he is looking like he may turn into a Steve Nash? And you can careless about him? Are you ok?

  • robert rowell

    um, stop lumping the W’s in with the mavs, rockets, knicks. the W’s had him for A WHOLE YEAR. they missed, plain and simple. but what else is new?

    we have nate robinson!!!! oh, wait… that’s not a good thing.

    let’s get Tropical.

  • Kevin

    Shut up Bryant. A lot of teams passed on Lin. Not just the warriors. I do believe the Lakers have had some stupid Gaffes like that before. Idiot

  • Kevin

    It’s funny how stupid people show up and criticize. Look in the mirror. Every team makes mistakes. Every person makes mistakes. People- Stop trying to act all perfect like you’re pooper don’t stink.