IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Warriors humbled by Bucks; Zaidi faces tall task in SF
BUCKS GORE WARRIORS: You cannot get too high. You cannot get too low. It is only one game. However, the Milwaukee Bucks came to Oakland and dominated the Warriors 134-111. It was never much of a contest. Steph Curry leaves in the third quarter and heads to the locker room with an adductor strain. Draymond Green is out. The regulars largely sit in the fourth quarter for all the wrong reasons. A masterful effort by the Bucks leave both teams at 9-2.
KINGS HANGING ON: They are 6-5, third place in the Pacific Division. Their performance has been inspiring. They are in the top-five in the NBA in points scored, 3-point percentage and field goal percentage. Their free throw accuracy much improved, but Dave Joerger has the team playing much improved basketball. Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox must attain better consistency. However, the team is trending upward.
ZAIDI TO SAN FRANCISCO: The Giants poach Farhan Zaidi from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their general manager becomes the head of baseball operations for the Giants. He surely has a task ahead of him in San Francisco. He will overhaul the farm system in addition to making the team competitive. Neither task will be easy. However, he has a pedigree for orchestrating positive change. Good things ahead? He has a large task at hand.
RAIDERS FLOUNDER: After a pathetic performance vs. the San Francisco 49ers, Mark Davis must have wanted to slam his head in a drawer. They packed it in early. Their performance was lackluster. Jon Gruden remarked about how there was more work than he initially thought. A final positive legacy in Oakland? Not in the next 1 ½ seasons.
AIKMAN TAKES ON THE COWBOYS: After a disappointing start, ex-Cowboy Troy Aikman slams his past squad. He says that coaches have not changed the landscape. He labels them “dysfunctional.” Aikman takes on Jerry Jones citing that Jones says he will do things differently, but it never materializes. The Glory Days of the 90s have dissolved. Aikman says the team has also.
DISARRAY IN LA: Luke Walton enters the hot seat after what is perceived as a poor start. Magic Johnson takes him to the wood shed. Players complain about the offensive schemes. As he gets it all together, is their room for criticism? Give Walton a chance now that LeBron James has entered the scene. Do they give up now on Walton? Poor results would follow. He is the man for the Lakers.
NBA TV PLAYERS ONLY: Endure it if you can. During Monday night’s Memphis Grizzlies/Golden State Warriors game fans were forced to listen to the NBA TV let celebrities narrate the game. It dissolves into an analysis of the NBA and recitations of past accomplishments. It lacks a focus on the game. It is a bad idea getting worse each season. Use the mute button if you want to enjoy the contest.
JUMBO SOARING: Joe Thornton is back for the San Jose Sharks and so is his game. Two goals in the last three games. His next goal will be his 400th. With one more point, he moves into 11th place all-time in scoring for the NHL. If he stays healthy, he may rise to as high as seventh before the end of this campaign. San Jose playing well, two points out of first place.
NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY: It is somewhat comical and, sadly, truthful. A group of Ottawa Senator Players, among them ex-Shark Chris Tierney and Dylan DeMelo, take a never-to-be-forgotten Uber ride in Phoenix. They rip the coaches and reflect negatively on the team. All the time, they were being recorded. It made its way to the internet and now the players are caught in a compromising position.
BALL NEWS: It is best to stay away from the Ball Circus. However, here is some good news. LaMelo Ball is back in high school where he belongs. I am sure the gig in Lithuania was unique, but it is probably better to finish high school in anticipation of the 2020 draft. Of course, he thanks his father. For what? Sending him off to Lithuania for a 5-month waste of his life?
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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