Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots ...
⏩ There is concern that DeMarcus Cousins will slow down the Warriors’ fast break. True, Cousins won’t finish many breaks, but he will start a lot of them. History says a transition team doesn’t need five sprinters. The run-run Showtime Lakers featured
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who participated in zero fast breaks ... and five Lakers NBA championships.
⏩ I wonder why the Raiders didn’t fire Reggie McKenzie when they hired Jon Gruden.
They needed someone to do the basic personnel paperwork until they hired a new general manager, but they didn’t need McKenzie to do that. Seems as if owner Mark Davis and Gruden didn’t want to appear to be drop-kicking McKenzie out the door, but the long delay made for silly drama and awkwardness, and it didn’t fool anybody.
⏩ Dabo Swinney — man, that guy can talk. He’s the only coach I’ve ever seen whose postgame interview needed a halftime show. ⏩ All football coaches live in fear of their players feeling job security and losing their edge, but how silly is Swinney saying Trevor Lawrence will have to compete for the starting quarterback job next season? Yeah, no.
⏩ The opportunity is gone for this season, but starting next season, the Knicks’ annual visit to the Bay Area should be declared a regional holiday. A chance for fans to give thanks that Stephen Curry was drafted by the Warriors and not by the team that desperately wanted him — and vice versa.
⏩ The Raiders to San Diego next season makes a lot of sense. Playing in Vegas in a second-rate Sam Boyd Stadium (capacity 40,000) would take the luster off the real move the following year. Davis hates the 49ers and Levi’s Stadium. He doesn’t want to play nice with Oakland and stay at the Coliseum another year. But in San Diego, Davis would be hailed as a hero and the Raiders would get great support.
⏩ Cowboys owner Jerry Jones just bought himself a $250 million yacht. Now he needs a place to park it, so he’s planning to buy the Gulf of Mexico.