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The Fall of the Falcon: Harrison Barnes Has A Dubious Future With the Golden State Warriors
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The Fall of the Falcon: Harrison Barnes Has A Dubious Future With the Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors’ ownership literally risked what little reputation they had to tank during the 2011/2012 season, so they could secure a first round draft pick. On June 28, 2012, former high school phemon Harrison Barnes fell right into the Warriors' lap and they drafted him with the seventh pick. Not only was Barnes the best player left in the draft, but he helped fill the void at small forward. The Barnes selection immediately paid dividends as he started all 81 games he played in. Even though Barnes rookie season was plagued with inconsistency, he made some spectacular dunks that showed his raw potential.

What made Barnes’ hype jump higher than his explosive 40 inch vertical, was his amazing performance in the NBA Playoffs. When the Warriors lone All-Star David Lee went down, it looked like the Warriors 'Cinderella' year would come to a close. However, Barnes took initiative on offense for the first time of his career by averaging over 16 points per game in the post season. Barnes finally looked like the game changing wingman that we all thought he would be when he was the number one high school player in the nation. Both the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs had trouble finding the right defensive matchups for Barnes. Not only was Barnes taking the ball to the rack with ease but he was also hitting the open jump shot. Head Coach Mark Jackson was so enthralled with Barnes’ game that he played him as a power forward in small ball lineups. With the addition of Andre Iguodala in the off-season, Barnes was expected to play a similar role to what James Harden had with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Even though Barnes had been relegated to the sixth man role, he actually had more pressure on him to produce because the bench was extra thin after the departures of Carl Landry and Jarret Jack. With a bunch of defensive minded-players like Draymond Green, Kent Bazemore and Toney Douglas playing alongside Barnes, opposing defenses were able to key on Barnes. Some might label Barnes’ struggles this season as a sophomore slump, but I don’t think Barnes is capable of being a contributor off the bench.
1914 translation by H.

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1914 translation by H.

"But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

"At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga. Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere possimus, omnis voluptas assumenda est, omnis dolor repellendus. Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet ut et voluptates repudiandae sint et molestiae non recusandae. Itaque earum rerum hic tenetur a sapiente delectus, ut aut reiciendis voluptatibus maiores alias consequatur aut perferendis doloribus asperiores repellat." 1914 translation by H.

"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."

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Jorge is the co-founder of footballandfutbol.com and baysportsreport.com. Jorge is a native of San Jose and recently crossed something off his bucket-list by having season tickets to all three of his favorite teams; the A's, Raiders, and Warriors.

One comment

  1. What made Barnes so good last year was that he had either Curry or Jack to get him the rock. Barnes can’t really create his own shot and this bench unit doesn’t have anyone that can distribute the basketball, so Barnes is stuck doing all of the offensive work. He’s a good scorer but he’s not that type of player, that can just create plays in any situation. He hasn’t evolved into that role yet. Crawford and Brooks should help take some pressure off of him, and I predict that you will see a different Harrison Barnes in these next weeks to come.

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