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▪ The Golden State Warriors are favored in the NBA Finals, even with the Splash Brothers a little woozy.
▪ Steph Curry’s elbow is hurting, and so is his shooting percentage. Klay Thompson was bleeding from his ear and later diagnosed with a concussion. Remember what they used to say? “Just throw some water on it. We’ll be fine!”
▪ One of the best looks from clinch night was Al Attles, the Warriors’ coach in 1975, joining the celebration.
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▪ Good for the Warriors to cash in when the time is right. Not all great teams reach the Finals. Example: The 2002 Sacramento Kings.
▪ The Warriors play for the championship for the first time in 40 years, an NBA record. All that’s required to be a Warrior fan is patience. A lot of patience.
▪ Example: It’s been 18 head coaches and 26 losing seasons between Finals appearances.
▪ Unless you think enduring the Joe Barry Carroll, Todd Fuller and Patrick O’Bryant years was easy.
▪ Indisputable: The Oklahoma City Thunder’s refusal to pay James Harden cost them at least one NBA title and, eventually, Scott Brooks’ job.
▪ Talent always trumps character in the NFL, which made the Chicago Bears’ quick release of Ray McDonald extra newsworthy.
▪ The Bears, unlike the 49ers, didn’t mess around with “due process” talk with McDonald. But, as readers noted, they signed him.
▪ McDonald has been arrested five times over the last year. Bottom line: He needs help.
▪ More brutal news for the Athletics: Game-deciding hits over the past week by Addison Russell, Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes (Cespedes’ home run against the A’s!).
▪ On the better side: A welcome back to the press box for longtime announcer Ken Korach. He’s been missed.
▪ The Giants, facing an upcoming surplus of starters, may tinker with an idea whose time has come: a six-man rotation.
▪ Today’s player development mandates 12-month ballplayers (and pitchers). Which might explain all those ACLs, pitch counts and early breakdowns.
▪ He does something amazing nearly every day: Rockies third baseman (and former Modesto Nuts star) Nolan Arenado.
▪ The Legends West at Diablo Grande has gone to seed. Stevinson Ranch will close in July. Please, someone tell me it’s a nightmare.
▪ The demise of Stevinson’s Ranch is making headlines around the country and beyond. The course was that good.
▪ Stevinson Ranch opened before the breakthrough in golf technology. Never thought anyone could shoot 59 on it – until Matt Hansen (Atwater, Pacific, PGA Tour).
▪ The last time the Warriors won an NBA championship, the No. 1 hit in the country was “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind and Fire.
▪ Earlier in May 1975, while the Warriors swept the Bullets, No. 1 was “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)” by Tony Orlando and Dawn.
▪ Rick Barry drove a Datsun 240Z (at least early that season).
▪ And their announcer was Bill King. No one today comes close.
▪ Wonder if fans 40 years from now will muse about Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Nick Jonas and Mark Ronson.
▪ All seasoned Warrior fans know this: The most incredible victory wasn’t the sweep over the Bullets (though the Warriors were supposed to be swept). It was the pulsating seven-game Western Conference finals win over the Chicago Bulls.
▪ King, as Barry willed himself out of a shooting slump to lead the comeback in Game 7: “I think the roof just blew off the Oakland Coliseum Arena!”
▪ Yes, millennials, the Coliseum was loud back in the day.
▪ LeBron James vs. the Splash Brothers: Let it begin.