Spander: Warriors on the brink of irrelevance 

So what’s worse news, that the Sharks aren’t playing because of the Olympic break, or that the Warriors are?
Maybe Larry Ellison can sail his zillion-dollar boat right up to Chris Cohan’s doorstep, metaphorically if not literally, and get this sale under way. If there is to be a sale.

Between the AT&T at Pebble Beach (next person who says it always rains for the tournament gets smacked with a $75 piece of abalone) and the SAP tennis event at San Jose, we were distracted from the business at hand, the Golden State of Mind. Or is it mindless?

A few more days and there’s spring training to preoccupy our sporting fantasies, but now we remain transfixed with a franchise that needs to be fixed, the W’s.

The calendar insists it’s winter, although one might have been confused by the weather down Monterey Peninsula way. And winter means basketball. That’s why Mr. Naismith created the game, to give the youngins something to do when there was snow on the ground.

Given 14 days by the head of the Springfield, Mass., YMCA to create an “athletic distraction,” James Naismith, as the story goes, tacked up baskets in the gym and had people toss in soccer balls.

That was back in 1891, even before Nellie started feuding with Mark Cuban. Or Stephen Jackson.

There are people who say the Warriors need a new coach. Or a new owner. Or a new roster. Or any combination of the above.

But they’ll probably get none of the above.

Of one thing we can be certain: The Warriors aren’t very good — well, two things — nor do their followers seem to care.

Oracle isn’t selling out a lot these days, but there are many more full seats than empty ones. Naismith succeeded beyond his wildest hopes. The Warriors, indeed, are an athletic distraction.

Another season without a postseason appearance doesn’t seem to have an effect on the fans. Every once in a while, such as their last home game against the Clippers, the Warriors play with efficiency and win big.

Although infrequent, the victories apparently satisfy to a point no one would think of giving up on the team. Other than the media, that is.

Between the end of the NFL season and the start of baseball, there’s virtually nothing other than the Warriors, at least north of San Jose. I’m not disparaging the Sharks, surely the best franchise in the region, but it still doesn’t have the universal appeal of basketball.

Warrior apologists insist the best players on the team invariably are injured. Fine. But why? Bad luck? Bad training.

Besides, good teams overcome such problems.

The Lakers perhaps are better with Kobe Bryant hurt than when he’s on the floor. Bad teams use them as explanations.

The Warriors, needless to say, are a bad team. And have been one for too long a time.

Art Spander has been covering Bay Area sports since 1965 and also writes on and E-mail him at

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Art Spander has been covering Bay Area sports since 1965 and also writes on and Email him at
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