The Tokyo Olympics are only a few days old and things couldn't be much worse. The Opening Ceremony on NBC drew only 16.7 million U.S. viewers, a 33- year low. As of yesterday 14 athletes had tested positive for Covid and over 100 others affiliated with the games had tested positive as well. Team USA Men's Basketball team was upset by France and people are blaming the coach, Greg Popovich , who I guess doesn't know how to coach anymore. The big question is will the Olympic Games continue to spiral downward on all fronts?
So it's out there. The ugly truth is leaking out. Richaun Holmes becomes a free agent and he's talking about how nice it would be to play on a playoff caliber team. Well, with him that wasn't the Sacramento Kings this year and without him, it's a sure bet it isn't the Kings again. What on earth is up with this team? First they give away Bogdan Bogdonovic for nothing more than money and no asset, and now, it looks like they could lose Richaun Holmes. He is an absolute shining star on the team. So Sacramento, in my opinion, you need to help Buddy Heald find the greener grass somewhere, help Marvin Bagley find somewhere he can love ( it sure isn't Sacramento) and do whatever is necessary to help Richaun Holmes see there is light at the end of the tunnel if he stays. Hey…I never said it was going to be easy.
Can you even think about making this up? The Olympics are beginning to rage with Covid. I have been talking about this for months. The Olympics, in the interest of all parties, should not have been continued this year. Life is more fragile than any monetary consideration. Let's simply hope these already challenged Olympics do not become any sort of a political platform for any of our athletes. All this and more on today's program. I hope you'll reach out and leave me your thoughts as well. On YouTube (If you don't like that with Grant Napear) or Twitter @grantnapearshow.
It's hard to believe, but many are saying the Milwaukee Bucks championship was lucky. In round 2 of the NBA Playoffs the Bucks played the Brooklyn Nets without Kyrie Irving and an injured James Harden. I don't recall anyone on the Bucks blowing off his team the way Harden did in Houston. I also don't recall anyone on the Bucks taking three leaves of absence and making a mockery about talking to the media the way Irving did. I know not everyone can be as classy as Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bucks handled their business the right way and hey most teams have to have some luck to win a title. Can't hold that against them!
If you're tired of hearing about Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans and Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers I've got good news for you. There are three guys who are dominating their sport and are easy to root for. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels and Colin Morikawa of the golfing world are doing it with class! With all of the double standards and hypocrisy in sports that I've talked about on this platform, those three are a breath of fresh air.
You saw it. Game 4 of the NBA finals. That long, lengthy analysis of the game. It had to be what felt like one whole minute. At least. Yeah. A minute. And 12 minutes of commercials. Are you kidding me? Why bother? Who are they kidding? Turn it off and don't even give them the benefit of talking to you. That's just a horrible, horrible viewing experience and it certainly demonstrates the confidence ESPN has in its' crew. TNT would be my preference for real analysis. What's yours?
Bob Rathbun has been doing the Atlanta Hawks for 25 years on television as the voice of the team. But his story began at the age of 12. Yes, 12. That's when he was at the local radio station running errands and learning the craft. You have to hear his first on mic broadcast story to really get a grasp of how this man has grown his career. And what a career it's been. He's a motivational speaker, sportscaster, former voice of the Detriot Tigers. He's done baseball, football, hockey and of course basketball and he has a unique perspective on what Nate McMillan has been able to do in Atlanta as well. He'll share his relationship with Dominique Wilkins and some personal, retrospective observations from his many years in the industry. This is a show, you'll not want to miss.
With the uptick in Covid cases why is the NBA going with a 2-2-1-1-1 format for the NBA Finals this season? Everyone knew the situation before the season began. Before Game 5 a player, coach and referee were ruled out because of Covid protocols. Why didn't they do a 2-3-2 format this season to reduce travel and exposure? Makes no sense. And speaking of the NBA I wonder what Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Mark Cuban the owner for the Dallas Mavericks has to say now that the league has once again implemented the Play-In Tournament for next season? They both ripped the tournament a few months ago if you remember.
Tokyo alert. I've said it before and I'll say it again. These Olympics should have been postponed again. Japan is surging in Covid cases, many of the countries are surging in Covid cases, even the United States Covid situation is very delicate. Yet, over 200 countries are going to come together, play to empty stadiums and put everyone involved in the Olympics at risk. Brilliant. For what? Money? Ridiculous. I'm not a fan of this sort of risk, then again, I'm not an Olympic official. Am I alone in this concern or would you agree? Let me with a tweet, a comment on line or on YouTube. I think it's crazy stupid.
So Adam Silver, Commissioner of the NBA, tees it all up last week in addressing the significance of all lives being important and walks back a year's worth of comment, criticism and cancellation of so many personalities. Present company included I might add. He goes on to say nobody should lose their jobs, their livelihoods over it. Again, present company has had the experience along with many others this past year. And then we have ESPN hosts being terminated on one hand and other hosts, like Steven A. Smith rattling off what has cost others their jobs. I just don't get it. The NBA, ESPN and other media outlets just can't seem to get it together. Can't seem to make a rule and stick to it. Where does that leave us going into the second half of the year? Where are we as a country headed? Is this what it's going to be like going forward? I for one, sure hope not. After you've had a chance to listen to this podcast, let me know your thoughts. You can reach me on Twitter at @grantnapearshow. I would love to hear what you think.