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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

The Warriors’ three superstars.

Here is an early link to my Thursday Warriors column. The full text runs below: On their way to bigger things — they hope — the Golden State Warriors clinched the Pacific Division title Tuesday night in Portland. First time they won the division in 39 years. The Warriors may be the best team in the NBA. The playoffs will have something to say about that. The Warriors may win the league championship. It’s certainly possible. Maybe even probable. And… Read More »

Ranking Warriors starters

Here is my personal ranking of the Warriors starters from most important to least important. They all are important, of course. I’m just ranking them. Stephen Curry Klay Thompson Draymond Green Andrew Bogut Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes for vice president

Bumped into the great Jim Barnett in the parking lot after the Warriors blew out the Hawks Wednesday night. Jim is a big Harrison Barnes fan. Jim calls Barnes The Senator because, believe me, some day Barnes will be a senator. That’s how impressive he is. Jim said Barnes had a monster game. He led all scorers with 25 points and made 11 of 13 shots. At one point, Barnes walked to the scorer’s table and saw what Barnett had… Read More »

Warriors shoot down Hawks

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the Warriors’ win over Atlanta. The full text runs below: OAKLAND Hours before the Warriors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 114-95, a reporter asked Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer if Wednesday’s game between the Hawks and Warriors, the teams with the best records in the NBA, was a “statement game” for Atlanta. “No,” Budenholzer elaborated. He was dismissing the question, the entire notion that the game meant anything one way or another. Considering… Read More »

Warriors defeat Clippers

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Warriors win over the Clippers and about Stephen Curry’s great shot. The full text runs below: OAKLAND Even after the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was misinformed. After the Warriors beat the Clippers 106-98, Kerr didn’t know what happened on one Stephen Curry 3-pointer that blew Kerr’s mind, blew the collective mind of fans in Oracle Arena and probably blew the minds of all people watching on national TV. The… Read More »

Correct for Warriors to stand pat?

Here is a link to my Sunday column which discusses the Warriors decision to stand pat at the trading deadline. The full text runs below: OAKLAND Teams usually make news by doing something. The Warriors just made news by doing nothing. The Warriors didn’t mess with their team. On Thursday, the NBA trading deadline came and went, and the Warriors watched it come and go and waved it goodbye. Not interested. The Warriors have needs. Don’t kid yourself. They could… Read More »

Steph Curry vs. Steve Kerr

Here is a link to my Friday column about the Stephen Curry-Steve Kerr free-throw shootout. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — The pressure is on Steve Kerr and he knows it. He stands at the foul line at the Warriors gym. To tie Stephen Curry in their free-throw contest, with the coaches and players and reporters watching, he has to nail this shot. Swish and the game will continue. Hit the rim, he is a loser. Miss entirely —… Read More »

Stephen Curry, good guy

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Stephen Curry. The full text runs below: Stephen Curry is the most likable superstar in the NBA. He may be the most likable superstar in any sport on the planet. First a disclaimer. I should have written, “From what we know about Curry, he’s the most likable superstar.” Journalists know only a certain amount about a player, only what a player portrays to them. So, there are limits to the knowledge.… Read More »

The benefits of Warriors upcoming road trip

Here  is a link to my Thursday column about the Warriors and their upcoming monster road trip. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — Exchange between Steve Kerr and me before the Warriors’ 128-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks: Me: You win a lot of games with big margins. Sometimes, it’s easy. Sometimes, it’s blowouts. But you win a lot of games fairly easily. Is there any downside to that? Before answering, Kerr laughed. Actually, he broke up, his man-boy’s… Read More »

Harrison Barnes comes on strong

Here is a link to my Monday column about Harrison Barnes. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — When Steve Kerr became coach of the Warriors, he told Harrison Barnes there was hope. Barnes did not play well last season, his second in the league. Kerr told Barnes he approached the game wrong, had become a one-on-one player on offense, an “iso” player — trying to isolate himself against the man guarding him. Barnes would pump fake and make all… Read More »