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Is anyone out there happy about this David Lee deal? I bet Knicks fans are but I’m talking to Warriors fans.

Lee may be a wonderful human being — I’m eager to meet him. And he will rebound and help the W’s score. Teams will have to account for him. That’s all good.

But he’s a bad defender. No other way to put it. Bad. The Warriors always could score. They couldn’t defend. Now it will be more of the same.

When you think of it, Lee is a Don Nelson player. He scores but doesn’t defend. Nelson always wants to outscore the other team as opposed to shutting down the other team. It’s a losing strategy but Lee fits into it well.

On the other hand, some people think the Warriors gave up too much for Lee, especially when they traded Anthony Randolph. I’m not sold on Randolph, am not clear he ever will be special. My issue is not Randolph. It’s Lee. The Warriors needed to improve their defense and, typically, they did not.

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  1. john

    lowell…we need people like you, people with influence to get through to the new owners or current management…please lowell, people like me pay so much in season tickets we dont deserve this…we gave up so much for lee, and now we may not sign morrrow and cj watson because lee cost to much? he’s affected 5 players on this team, and now there saying monta for oj?? OJ isnt half the player OJ is, please Lowell, you and TK are like last of the bay area media pushovers, i loved how you challenged Mike Sing last year when everyone else took his word for granted, and i love Sing but appreciate your honest journalism..please lowell, get through to Cohan and co, tell them to just go away, or Larry Ellison to tell him to stop until its sold!

    July 10th, 2010 2:07 pm

  2. KauaiRobert

    and the beat goes on…

    *ALOHA*

    July 10th, 2010 2:12 pm

  3. r-lm

    There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief,
    “There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief.
    Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
    None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”

    all along the watch tower – bob dylan

    July 10th, 2010 3:31 pm

  4. glenellen

    I like the trade and here is why.
    Azabuke was found in the D League and played well before getting hurt. So a D league player had a flash. There is no telling about his injury that kept him out most of the year.

    Rony has a big heart and played well, but he is older and gets hurt alot, I mean alot. He was constantly banged up all year and lost alot of playing time.

    Randolph and Nelson do not get along. Nelson wants him under the basket and he wants to shoot jump shots, it was not working.

    David Lee is excited happy to contribute and be here. A pick and roll specialist that can’t wait to work with Curry.

    July 10th, 2010 3:32 pm

  5. mbabco

    Bottom line is that they’ve gotten a player that the new owners may not want and saddled them with his $80 million over 6 years. There’s no way to tell at this time if the trade will ever make sense — we have no idea what the new owner will want. The trade never should have been made given the impending sale of the team.

    July 10th, 2010 3:41 pm

  6. Kevin

    Are you always negative and wrong? This was a great trade for the Warriors. The biggest piece leaving the Warriors was Randolph, an almost 7 foot young 20 yr old player who hates contact, rebounding and defense, but loves a 17 foot shot he makes 35% of the time.

    Lowell, as usual, you are wrong

    July 10th, 2010 5:29 pm

  7. Raffaele

    LOWELL ONE-NOTE — Mr. Cohn, you’ve said it a number of times, you think Lee is a bad addition because you believe he can’t play defense. Try singing to a different note. We know your prejudice already.

    Is it inevitable that this will be a poor trade? Of course not. We will see as time goes on. Meanwhile, find a different note.

    July 10th, 2010 5:44 pm

  8. MJ

    Did I not hear Jon Barry, a well respected basketball analyst (and player) say that with the addition of Lee the Warriors are capable of being the 2nd place team in the pacific (behind only the lakers)?

    Yeah, Lee doesnt play great individual defense, but how many players do? He’s a good team defender, he’s an improvement over Randolph and Turiaf both offensively and defensively. And he’s always trying to improve his game. So yeah, historically his individual defense wasnt the best, but you can improve that. Michael Jordan forced himself to being the best defender in the game. He wasnt that good when he came in the league but he made himself be the best. If Lee goes out and works on his defense during the offseasons he can be a much better defender and that wont be a problem anymore.

    July 10th, 2010 6:22 pm

  9. Anton

    People keep commenting on Lee’s D but my question to you is maybe he can’t play defense but who can guard him? Dirk, Pau, Blake Griffen, Scola, Oden…lol exactly he will torch the other team as well i suspect and much more effciantly.
    With Curry at the point and more then likely Granger at SF who will defend US?!

    Curry, Lee, Granger (Jefferson), Evans and Biedreins and Monte and his sour puss can go decay in Indy and be Warrios Light.

    The Warriorrs didn’t pull this trade off without consent from the remaining 2 groups of buyers.

    Lowell lets make a deal if we are winning at the break you shut your trap for the rest of the year….

    July 10th, 2010 6:55 pm

  10. B-Rad

    Bruce Jenkins described Riley’s acquiring David Lee as “…a job well done”,
    in today’s SF Chron.
    ………
    David Lee has played in 81 games in each of the past three seasons.
    Emaciated Anthony only played in 33 games last season and 63 in
    ’08-’09.
    Unless he can pack on significant muscle, carry it and sustain it,
    I believe it will be difficult for him to be a factor against larger players.
    The other two guys and a second round draft pick – no big deal!
    ………
    Lee’s superior injury history is no guarantee that it will continue, but
    would you rather play ‘Russian Roulette’ with 1 bullet in the chamber
    (Lee), or with 5 bullets (Randolph)?

    July 10th, 2010 7:25 pm

  11. Ryan

    I too was very skeptical for the same reasons you mentioned. I think the two x factors in this trade are Biedrins and Wright. If these two can play like we know (or in Wright’s case…hope) then this trade looks pretty solid since Lee will mostly be a PF and not focus on guarding centers. The money was a bit too much to me, but hey, at least is isn’t Corey Maggette.

    One final note on Randolph. Unlike others, I am not unhappy to see him go. I’m not one to speculate on player’s mindsets or attitudes but it was really hard to not get the feeling he was an unhappy brat. I wish him the best and hope that the image I saw isn’t perceived in NYC because he won’t be getting away with it there.

    July 10th, 2010 8:35 pm

  12. parnell

    David Lee is a fine offensive player and where is the evidence that Anthony Randolph is now or ever will be a better defensive player? Part of defense is not giving up second shot opportunities — David Lee is an aggressive, tough rebounder. It appears that only a few Bay Area sportswriters, talk show callers and blog commenters think of David Lee as a stiff. Wasn’t he an all-star last year? Remind me again of what Anthony Randolph has done. Oh, right. He smoked the summer league last year.

    And isn’t it time for you to consult your anonymous major league baseball scout to get his opinion on whether Matt Cain (21 ER in his last 20 innings) is still an elite pitcher?

    I like the way you write and if your intention is to be provocative, you’re succeeding. But I’m not impressed with the depth of your knowledge about sports. According to you All-star David Lee is a stiff and two-time Cy Young Award winner, Tim Lincecum is washed up. Maybe you should stick to speculating about JaMarcus Russell’s addictions.

    July 10th, 2010 10:19 pm

  13. LD

    Why is anyone compaining about trading anyone off of a lousy team? A former D leaguer with some talent, but not great, an undersized center/forward, and a guy that didn’t think he had to practice – for a player that rebounds and scores.

    So you say he doesn’t play defense, well last time I watched an NBA game, 90% of the players don’t play defense.

    I’ll agree, Randolf has lots of potential, but so what, so did Jamarcus Russell. This is sports we’re talking about, put up or shut up. Potential is great when you’re in High School. In the NBA you’re either good or not and right now David Lee is good and Randolf is not.

    I can’t believe that New York fans are actually happy getting three players off of a team that lost over 50 games two years in a row.

    July 11th, 2010 6:27 am

  14. Stan

    I think the problem is that anybody around Nelson-wants to leave. Didnt matter how much talent Randoplh had or has-He couldnt care less(ehem) if he ever saw a Warrior uniform the rest of his life. Cohan hooked up with a egotistical con artist in Nelson. He’s seen enough of a bad coach giving away players not good enough for him. Nelson and the IRS?..he’s outta here.
    It’s hilarious that both the Lakers and the Heat are fighting over Derek Fisher,ex-Warrior! Not a fit for Nelson when he was here for a cup of coffee.

    July 11th, 2010 11:32 am

  15. Conrad Goeringer

    I’ve been hoping the W’s would pick up Lee or a player like him for the last 2 years. An All Star PF with a great attitude who can score and rebound–I’ll take him on this team! I like what Riley is doing. It seems he has an idea about putting together a team with all the requisite parts rather than the W’s long standing policy of assembling a roster full of shooting guards and small forwards, throwing them all out there and hoping for the best. I don’t see any PF’s out there who can do it all, rebound, score, defend, like Duncan in his prime, so I think Lee is the best PF the W’s could get and I’m looking foward to watching him play.

    July 11th, 2010 5:37 pm

  16. Johneureka

    David Lee, David schmee. Who cares? When does the 49er training camp finally open ?

    July 11th, 2010 8:20 pm

  17. steve m

    Lowell, do you think Chris Bosh,Amare Stoudimire, Dirk Nowitski play any defense?
    David Lee’s got a good allaround game (rebounding, scoring, passing) and shoots 54% from the field and 81% from the line. BTw in an article you wrote a few months ago you called Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart dumb! i’m offended by that i met him and he is quite knowledgeable .

    July 12th, 2010 1:00 am

  18. MJ

    Stan, Fisher didnt play here when Nelson coached.

    And Johneureka, August 2nd!!! haha, got me a ticket.

    July 12th, 2010 2:30 am

  19. Rummy Dummy

    He was a replacement for the injured Allen Iverson, so stop calling him an “All-Star” like he was voted All-NBA.

    Why would a trade of three players for one between teams who didn’t win 30 games last year transform either team, at least for the better?
    The fact that Lee regularly scorches the W’s only shows how bad Golden State is, not how great he is, and 6 years/80 mil? That’s absurd.

    Anton – You seriously believe David stinkin’ Lee is nearly indefensible? Really?

    July 12th, 2010 11:23 pm

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