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Here is the opening of my Tuesday column explaining in detail how the Warriors can get Dwight Howard and become an instant contender:

OAKLAND

The Warriors held a press gathering Monday morning to introduce three of their draft picks — Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green. It was a lovely occasion with family members of the players attending.

And now that we’ve said hello to Barnes, I hope the Warriors say goodbye as soon as possible.

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  1. MJ

    Trade for a guy who doesn’t want to be here? Trade for a guy who wouldn’t make this a playoff team? Trade for the headache that is Dwight Howard?

    No. No. No.

    Player one averages 12.7 pts a game, 1.6 blocks a game, and 9.3 rebounds per game. Player two averages 13.3 pts a game, 1.5 blocks a game, and 8.7 rebounds per game. Who is who? Does it even matter, those stats are near identical for their career. Bogut vs Howard, statistically there is almost no difference what so ever.

    And since the Warriors came out and said they aren’t going after Howard, its pretty much pointless to keep going on about this.

    July 3rd, 2012 8:11 am

  2. Kathy

    No, the Warriors would regret trading Barnes, he has tremendous potential. And he’s not a malcontent.

    July 3rd, 2012 9:10 am

  3. Richard

    So, just so I can understand: We should rent Dwight Howard for a year so that he can leave us and then we can attempt to rebuild in the manner that OKC did?

    Please, Lacob et.al. took a significant yet well-advised risk to jettison their best player (an undersized 2-guard) for an injured yet (when healthy, a) very capable center.

    Now you say we should abort our current rebuilding effort – which has been to draft young talent like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes – in order to try to replicate that in 2013, 2014 and 2015?

    Chris Cohan would appreciate your plan.

    July 3rd, 2012 9:15 am

  4. Lo Sbandato

    “Instant championship contender”? Have you been hitting the red nectar a bit heavy? After your proposed trade, the Warriors would become one of the worst, possibly THE worst, defensive teams in the league. Even Howard couldn’t block that many layups and dunks.

    They would also have no proven depth, no backup at center if they unload Bogut (who probably wouldn’t be happy as a reserve anyhow), and a “franchise” player whose proven selfish, petulant and vindictive. Clearly an all-around win, for those who hate the current owners.

    Look, I know it’s clear I’m not impressed with this draft class, but giving away the store for a guy with an expiring contract and a proven wandering eye is just insane. Suppose Howard walks at the end of the year, what do you rebuild with then? The W’s would be rebuilding until well after their Fantasy Funhouse on Pier 30-32 has been reclaimed by the Bay.

    It also needs to be said: last year’s Magic weren’t a championship contender with Howard. They got pimp-slapped by the Pacers.

    July 3rd, 2012 10:08 am

  5. Tiburon Dave

    For all of his bombast Lacob appears to be more of a plodder…a green shaded accountant than a bold decision maker…

    He’s looking for a plodding half court offense…dump it in, pass it back out…Howard is far too bold for this guy…

    July 3rd, 2012 10:38 am

  6. chris

    Lowell…….one of your more absurd and ridiculous columns ever………no free agents like howard want anything to do with the Warriors……….Lacob and Myers will have no pull for free agents until they build that floating arena in the bay and get out of Oakland like athe A’s and Raiders want to do……..and you clearly do not like Harrison Barnes. Whats up with that? Is he friends with Hue Jackson? He mustuv called Mark Jackson coach Jackson and it brought you flashbacks of waiting to do your post Raider game presser while coach Jackson was in the shower.

    July 3rd, 2012 10:39 am

  7. Dennis

    What the Warriors are missing is a “go to guy” who can score points when you absolutely need them. Howard isn’t that guy. He isn’t LeBron, Durant, Dirk, Kobe, or even Paul Pierce. He is just another athletic center who can score a whole lot of points when it really doesn’t matter. So while I agree with your analysis of where the Warriors are and that they need more than they currently have, I don’t think Howard is a step a step in the right direction for them.

    July 3rd, 2012 11:32 am

  8. Kathy

    @ Dennis: What the Warriors are missing is a “go to guy” who can score points when you absolutely need them.

    Being a devoted Tar Heel fan, I am saying that Harrison Barnes can be just that guy. He really is a talented shooter. Warriors should keep him.

    July 3rd, 2012 1:01 pm

  9. Brady

    Lo – what in the world are you talking about?

    How does that trade make us worse defensively? We give up a currently average defensive SF – Barnes – for arguably the best defender in the planet. You make it sound like Lowell’s suggesting that we play one-on-five. How do we become a horrible defensive team by adding the best defender in the world and subtracting no one of defensive substance?

    And the Magic may have gotten “pimp-slapped” by the Pacers, but Dwight Howard was injured and didn’t play in the series. And Orlando was the #3 seed in the East when his season ending injury occurred.

    I still agree that we shouldn’t go after him, but don’t attack Lowell with incorrect statements.

    July 3rd, 2012 1:50 pm

  10. Dennis

    Kathy, I sure hope you are right. I like him more than Lowell does.

    July 3rd, 2012 2:35 pm

  11. EatMyCumulous

    I grew up a W’s fan and later moved to SoCal. I finally stopped following them after they imploded (again) the year after upsetting Dallas. I dont even follow the NBA anymore – I watched Zero games this season. I suppose Kobe and Lebron are the two best players? I absolutely despise them both. The Warriors, thank goodness for their fans. They are either the best in the league or the stupidest people on Earth. The Warriors could move to Alcatraz, play naked and give every fan $100.00 cash as they enter the arena. I really could care less. I think they should move the team to Stockton, trade all their players for chimps and call them the “Foreclosures.”

    July 3rd, 2012 6:39 pm

  12. Brady

    EatMy… – your optimism is almost as charming as your name.

    July 4th, 2012 9:54 am

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