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The playoff-bound Golden State Warriors have returned from 13 years in the NBA wilderness with Clifford Rozier, Todd Fuller, Speedy Claxton and Bimbo Coles.

Add Popeye Jones, Danny Fortson, Felton Spencer, Jason Caffey and, our favorite, Vonteego Cummings.

The reason for the Warriors' revival may be this simple: Don Nelson reached Baron Davis. Mike Montgomery did not.

The Warriors didn't receive much help during their 16-5 run, but they owe the Kings a big "thank you" for beating the Clippers.

The height of disrespect for fired Kings coach Eric Musselman: They paid $5 million to make him disappear.

On second thought: I'm dissed all the time and never get $5.

In the next five minutes, Alex Rodriguez will hit another home run.

Rodriguez's two home runs have bought him a full three-day no-boo grace period from Yankee fans.

"Pacman" Jones' newspaper-ad "apology" seems too closely attached to his upcoming appeal. Sounds like attorney-driven strategy to decrease his season-long suspension.

What we'll see all season from the Giants: good starters handing the ball to the bullpen while everyone ducks for cover.

When a manager snaps before May Day (Charlie Manuel, Phillies), he's not long for this season.

Rooting for a good comeback story: Josh Hamilton, Reds, five home runs this month after being sidelined by drugs for four years.

From Modesto's new American record-holder in the discus, Suzy Powell: I'm back!

The final score from last weekend's Oakdale Rodeo: Bulls 41, Cowboys 9. Still a mismatch.

Oakdale all-around champion Casey Branquinho never has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo. Neither had last year's all-around winner Clint Robinson, but he got there last December.

Anyone who thinks the PGA Tour is overstocked with joyless mannequins has not seen last week's winner, Boo Weekley.

Why the Giants' Duane Kuiper is one of the best: He says "Watch out for the double steal" about 20 seconds before the Cardinals' Albert Pujols tries to steal home.

I saw Clyde Drexler on "Dancing With The Stars." He's no longer called "The Glide" for a reason.

Stunning: Many modern-day ballplayers were not aware of Jackie Robinson's towering contribution until last weekend's tribute.

Two ex-Modesto Athletics were retired during the ninth inning of Mark Buehrle's no-hitter: Gerald Laird and Nelson Cruz.

A first-rate quarterback and a first-class pro: Drew Bledsoe, saying goodbye to the NFL.

ESPN Deportes has nominated Vinny Castilla, Aurelio Rodriguez and Alex Rodriguez for its all-time Latino team at third base. Sorry, guys, you missed one: the A's Eric Chavez (213 home runs, 724 RBIs, six consecutive Gold Gloves, etc.)

The Mavericks, in position to KO the Warriors last weekend, sent out their "B" team and lost big. Methinks the Mavericks aren't stressing over their recent 1-6 record vs. Golden State.

And in the end, Nelson was wrong. The Warriors weren't finished.

The new names are Davis, Monta Ellis and Jason Richardson, the turnaround Warriors.

To comment, click on the link with this story at www.modbee.com. Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at ragostini@modbee.com or 578-2302.

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