By TED SILLANPAA A young friend asked me to consider how the sports media has changed with the advent of social media, but more as a result of the proliferation of sports blog. My pal is a bright guy, so he parenthetically mentioned: (the GOOD sports blogs). I couldn’t really tell the guy what I really think. He’s writing his Masters thesis on the topic and I don’t think my pointing out how little sports blogs have changed sports media… Read More »
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BY TED SILLANPAA Empire girls wrestling stars Erika Mihalca and Harmonie Roberts will wrestle for CIF state wrestling titles Saturday night in Visalia. Ukiah’s Roberts is the lone survivor from a group of Wildcats who earned state berths. She’ll vie for the 113-pound title. Teammate and sister Ashley Roberts was eliminated along with Wildcats’ star Angela Canevari. Mihalca will have a rematch of her North Coast Section championship match victory in the state final at 131 pounds. She’ll meet Albany’s… Read More »
By TED SILLANPAA Facebook and Twitter blow up just after the Super Bowl ends with posts about there being just “X days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.” Spring training hasn’t had magical restorative power over fans since, oh, when did Major League Baseball organizations start training in baseball complexes built in the middle of subdivisions that Arizona turned into towns called Surprise and Peoria? That’s when spring training became just another marketing and money-making device for the… Read More »
By TED SILLANPAA The 49ers almost traded head coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for draft picks. Honest. It says so right here at CBSsports.com. And, it’s repeated on every other sports website that doesn’t mind turning an unsubstantiated rumor and treating it like news. The CBSsports.com story is particularly choice since it tries to make the point that the reported deal, that seems nonsensical from Harbaugh’s point of view, by writing that the 49ers called the report… Read More »
By TED SILLANPAA My daughter’s a singer and actor at age 15. I’ve gotten used to the idea that she doesn’t wear much makeup, but that even with a darker complexion that comes with being brunette she has to wear a lot of makeup when she performs. I even know that the heavy theater makeup can totally change how a woman looks. Take, for example, the girls and women we’ve been watching in figure skating from Sochi during the Winter… Read More »
BY TED SILLANPAA In the 1970s, part of our Physical Education grade was based on whether or not we showered every day after class. Skill and participation in activities wasn’t enough. We had to take a shower, then hustle to our next class. I was reminded of how casually most of us accepted getting naked in a locker room filled with other guys to shower. It came to mind when the grown men who play in the NFL voiced concern… Read More »
By TED SILLANPAA What once was so much fun, so simple, has become a most challenging task. It was something I used to do all the time, all summer, for fun. Now, it’s a full workout, complete physical exertion that many think I’m foolish to be doing at all. I’m 56 years old, 46 years removed from starting my first Little League game behind the plate, and I’ve somehow become my 17-year-old son’s bullpen catcher. No. I don’t sit on… Read More »
The Golden State Warriors are playing about like I would’ve guessed they’d be playing once injuries, freaky losses and nights when the 3-ball wouldn’t fall started to add up. This isn’t a spot where you’ll read a disgusted review of how a championship-caliber team floundered.
There’s nothing Golden State can do to improve the club significantly before the trade deadline. They’ll have to do what they did late last year and fight their way down the stretch in hopes they can get one of the final three Western Conference playoffs spots. After years of miserable Warriors’ teams, another playoff race is quite appealing.
Still, sitting watching the Warriors trying desperately to hold off the Sacramento Kings, thoughts worth sharing about the Golden State organization come to mine:
- Draymond Green actually makes Harrison Barnes a talented, younger player the Warriors could trade in exchange for real value. I wrote at the beginning of last year that Barnes had amazing skill, but would never be an NBA star. We’ve seen his talent and we’ve seen him disappear and contribute nothing. Green’s a tough guy who can defend four or five positions. His energy is infectious and could easily be reigned in a bit to cut down on turnovers. I think that Green inheriting Barnes’ minutes would help the team — even if it hurt the Warriors’ marketing plan.
- I hope that Kent Bazemore’s happy-go-lucky photo bombing of my daughter’s group Vocal Rush, the Oakland School for the Art’s national champion acappella group, didn’t precipitate his trade to the Lakers. ‘The group was posing for a photo at mid-court after rehearsal and…the result is Bazemore being Bazemore show above. They went on to crush the national anthem.
- Remember last summer when the Warriors were close to making a deal to acquire center Dwight Howard? At one point it appeared they were willing to trade Barnes and Andrew Bogut in a sign-and-trade to get Howard. Golden State fans, coming off that fantastic postseason, smirked that the Warriors didn’t need a loser like Howard. Seemed to me like grabbing the best center in the game, a great defender and shot blocker, was a grand idea. Bogut’s injured. The Rockets, led by Howard, are presently the third seed in the Western Conference. Anybody want to admit that Howard in the middle would look great right now in Oakland?
- Mark Jackson didn’t forget how to coach. Nothing in the media bothers me as much as suddenly hearing or reading that a guy who coached a team brilliantly during a surprisingly good season was on the hot seat. (What IS a hot seat, anyway?) Jackson just doesn’t have guard Jarrett Jack and forward Carl Landry coming off his bench. Calling on Marreese Speights and Jordan Crawford instead is the actual problem. And, Jackson’s not using Stephen Curry too much. He’s the superstar. The Man. If he can’t carry the team with heavy minutes, the Warriors need to find a guy who can.
- At some point, it would’ve been nice to hear Jim Barnett to analysis on national TV games. Doing the Warriors, he makes a great inside-basketball point and then pulls his punch because he likes the guys on the team. He’s retiring at the end of this year, but it would’ve been nice to hear him share his incredible knowledge of the game without being employed by the team he was analyzing.
- Speights and Crawford shoot too much.
- Barnes might have to get more minutes as a stretch 4 (power forward), where he played brilliantly in the playoffs. That would put four scorers who can get to the hoop and shoot from the perimeter on the court with one big man. Barnes can defend a bigger man, as can Green. Playing small might save Golden State again.
- It’s possible that Klay Thompson is who Klay Thompson will always be. He might not be the consistent slasher, 3-point gunner who plays shutdown defense every night. I don’t quite understand why Warriors fans are upset that Thompson doesn’t play at the level of a true NBA star every night.
- Nothing but good news has come out of the Warriors’ organization for a couple of seasons, but hearing owner Joe Lacob popping off about the team under-achieving causes grave concern. Nothing ruins an improving franchise more quickly than a know-nothing owner thinks his millions make him a basketball expert.
By TED SILLANPAA
The idea circulating among bloggers with no real inside knowledge has the Golden State Warriors considering trading Harrison Barnes to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for point guard Jarrett Jack.
Comcast Warriors analyst Ric Bucher, who thinks Golden State should send Klay Thompson and Barnes to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo, suggested that Golden State wouldn’t mind getting Jack back after he starred in Oakland last year. Barnes is the player know-nothings have targeted as the subject for Warriors’ trade deadline stories. So, somehow, that became a second-year player who was a lottery pick for Jack, who is now a wildly overpaid backup point guard having a terrible season in Cleveland.
The Warriors aren’t trading Barnes for Jack.
If the Warriors wanted to pay Jack $25 million for four years, they would’ve offered him that as a free agent last off-season. They traded two young players of no value to get veteran point guard Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday. Blake will be a free agent at the end of the season and give the club a little more consistency than Jordan Crawford has provided behind Stephen Curry.
The Warriors could trade Barnes in a package for a quality big man. They do seem a little heavy on wing players and point guards. But, they hardly need to make a big trade that involves Barnes to get a reserve big guy who’ll bang, defend, rebound and stay healthy.
Barnes for Jack is an utterly ridiculous proposition.
(Follow Ted Sillanpaa on Twitter @tedsillanpa)