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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

Warriors’ defense is Godzilla

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about the Warriors’ new and improved D. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — Remember when Stephen Curry made Russell Westbrook look doofus-like Monday night? There was Curry’s behind-the-back dribble. There was Westbrook frozen like a marble statue. There was Curry driving to the hoop for the easy layup. Well, forget that play. What you saw merely was the end of things — and you’ve seen Curry do it a million times.… Read More »

New improved Warriors

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the Warriors. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — Are the Warriors improved from last year? Does gravity make things fall down? You bet they’re improved. Their record is 15-2, and coming into tonight’s game against New Orleans, the Warriors have won 10 in a row. Yes, 10. So, the first question — are they improved? — morphs into two questions: How improved are they? Why have they improved? They are… Read More »

On the Warriors’ non-draft

Here is a link to my column on the Warriors’ non-draft. The full text runs below. OAKLAND — The Warriors did nothing on Thursday night. That means they whiffed on the NBA draft — that exercise in loud talking you watched on ESPN. Why did the Warriors have no picks? They had a first-round pick, but surrendered it a year ago in the Andre Iguodala multi-team, hold-your-nose trade. They had a second-rounder but gave it up to get Nemanja Nedovic… Read More »

Kevin Love and the Warriors

Here is a link to my Thursday column. The full text runs below: Thursday night is the NBA draft. The Warriors have no picks, but that could change. We can say with certainty the Warriors will choose a player tonight or they won’t. You read it here first. The big news – well, the big rumor – is they want Minnesota’s Kevin Love. Let’s keep going with this rumor stuff a moment. It’s not true to say “they” want Love.… Read More »

Jim Barnett back on Warriors games

Here is a link to my Monday column about the wonderful return of Jim Barnett as TV analyst of all Warriors games. The full text runs below: A funny thing happened to Jim Barnett on the way to retirement. The Warriors unretired him. The unretirement took place a few weeks ago. The Warriors, who wanted to replace Barnett as TV analyst, decided not to replace Barnett. So, all praise to the Warriors. Barnett turns 70 next month and it seems… Read More »

How the Warriors won Steve Kerr

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about Steve Kerr. The full text runs below: OAKLAND – The Warriors were highly motivated to hire Steve Kerr as coach. They introduced him Tuesday, Kerr tall, thin and fair, scholarly, even-tempered, well-spoken. General manager Bob Myers explained how he landed Kerr. Land him Myers did, outfought the Knicks. The hiring of Kerr is daring and risky — no coaching experience — but the Warriors think with him the sky’s the limit.… Read More »

Warriors hire Steve Kerr in principle

Here is a link to my Friday column about the Warriors and Steve Kerr. The full text runs below: As I’m writing this column, the Warriors have agreed “in principle” for Steve Kerr to be their next head coach. Owner Joe Lacob and his management team get credit as big as Alaska for targeting their next coach, pursuing their next coach — they flew to Oklahoma City and made their presentation before Kerr was going to announce a playoff game.… Read More »

Was race a factor in Mark Jackson firing?

I keep reading race was a factor in the firing of Mark Jackson. Really? Was race a factor when the Warriors hired him? I mean, if they don’t want a black coach now, they would not have wanted one then. Critics of the firing cannot have it both ways. I doubt race was a factor in either case. The Dubs simply want the best coach.

Lacob right to fire Jackson

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about the firing of Mark Jackson. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — Let’s skip the preamble about why the Warriors fired Mark Jackson and if it was the right call. We’ll get to that stuff later in this column. Warriors owner Joe Lacob phoned me 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Here are the high points of our conversation. Cohn: What qualities did Mark Jackson not have? Lacob: “Let me give you an… Read More »