Former Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks star Spud Webb is my guest today. Not only is he a former star of the game, he's also been a friend for over 30 years. We talk stories of old and Spud's playing days as well as catch up on what he's doing today in Dallas. Not one to mince words, you'll also get his perspective on today's players vs players from 20-30 years back. You may be surprised at what he has to say. But the biggest surprise comes when you hear his accomplishments and scratch you head as to how a guy only 5'6″ could have been so competitive in a league of players over a foot taller. Not to mention that slam dunk capability of his too. He also has an opinion on that as well. Join us. I think you're going to have some laughs.
Yes, this is going to be a fun weekend of basketball. As a result of the play in tournament, players are going to have to hustle to get their teams into the playoffs. And that means some folk are going to be happy this weekend and some are going to be not so happy. Good job to the NBA for the play in tourney because the games mean something. And I have to acknowledge the Atlanta Hawks who are currently fourth in the East after firing their head coach with a lot of dissent from Rick Carlisle. Nate McMillan was the choice in the interim and he has done one helluva job. Incredible. I can't wait to see how far they can go. All that said, looking forward to talking about the weekend next week as we head into the playoff season with every game counting. Have some fun and enjoy the competition.
So here's the deal. Don't get yourself all wound up on “easy” schedule or “challenging ” schedule. There's no way you can determine that in May. Or June. Or ever. Just look at what would have likely been considered a tough schedule if you were playing the San Francisco Forty Niners last year. Yeah. How did that turn out? Injuries. They're not predictable. They ruin your day, or weekend, or even your year if your team gets wracked. Even all the way to the Super Bowl, ask Kansas City about schedules. Coulda, shoulda, woulda but didn't. Injuries. So, like I said, don't get too fired up about the schedules…yet. Let's see who stays healthy and then start to draw some conclusions about what's easy or not. You'll save yourself a lot of angst.
Well, the time has come. The A's are going to get a new stadium. Where one might ask and that's a very good question. But I can assure you it will not be in Sacramento. Not gonna happen. More on where they may be headed in today's podcast.
You've heard it by now. The Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit may have had an allegedly “illegal” substance in the blood stream. The post race drug test showed trace amounts of a drug not allowed and now legendary trainer and multi-derby winner, Bob Baffert, has been suspended along with Medina Spirit. And what is he worried about? The horse's reputation. That's right. The animal's reputation. Like anyone cares about that. The horse actually acted on its' own and behaved badly? C'mon. Baffert went on to say that the horse may have eaten hay contaminated by another horse's urine and that tainted his blood. Now for that, I say stupid horse. That could ruin your reputation.
So you're watching a game, it's down to the last call of the game, name your sport, and the official makes a clearly bad call. Personal foul, pass interference, offsides, you name it. He/she gets berated by the fans, screamed at, harassed and everyone leaves angry. Their jobs are tough, they're not going to be perfect. As a matter of fact, sit down for this one, they're human. That speaks volumes itself. And one of those officials I respect and consider a friend is Tony Brown. He has just announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer and has begun treatement. Now, are there bad officials out there. You bet. For Sacramento Kings fans you only have to mention Game 6, Lakers, 2002. Enough said. But my point today is to recognize they are, for the most part, consummate professionals doing their job and doing it to the best of their ability. They're upset at calls they make that are wrong, just like when a player may blow a pass, or drop a pass or jump offsides. They do take their work personally. They do take it seriously. But like you and me, they're also human. Some have young children, others have family needs at home. Just like you and I do. So as you're watching your next game and the officiating is bad, remember, they make mistakes too. It's fine to get angry and frustrated and even pissed off but let it go after the game. If officials will never be perfect. And if you get a chance, send some good thoughts to a good guy and good official, Tony Brown. Like every other human in pain, he could use a little hope and something positive right now.
Well, there used to be a time when a player would stay with one team as long as the team wanted him and he was playing well. And if you could grow old there, it built your legacy. Like Joe Montana with the 49er's or Bret Favre with the Green Bay Packer. Not ol' Aaron Rodgers though, no, he's going to ask that the GM leave.or he retires or gets traded away. This practice has become far too common-place for us to ignore it. The fans lose, the team loses and the city loses when this continues. Don't you agree?
Show up to work if and when you please. Collect a paycheck each year in the multi-millions of dollars. Disregard your teammates, your team, the city you represent and the league that makes it all possible for you. Embarrass those who count on you. Disrespect the leadership that brought you where you are. Disgrace the very people who cover for your unacceptable, inexcusable and irrational behavior. And then, disparage and demean those whose livelihood is based on your input. Yeah. I'm talking about one Brooklyn Nets player in the NBA. Kyrie Irving. But wait, there's more! It's in today's podcast.
He was rookie of the year, a five time all-star and has two championships under his belt, Steve Sax has quite a bit too say and one heck of a lot of not only great stories but stories of some of the all-time greats that were his teammates. We talk teams, coaches, Tommy Lasorda and Tony LaRussa, west coast, east coast. The game, the players and the batting today have changed a lot and we share observations and frustrations. Mattingly and Gibson and Ryan were all experiences on the field with Steve, and so many more. We laugh and lament the game. I know you'll enjoy the discussion so join us for a little learning, a little history and a lot of fun.
Now how about that? In spite of the picks over the last few years, in spite of the talent of the other teams in the division, and in spite of the star power of much bigger names, the Phoenix Suns are going to end up one of the upper echelon teams going into the playoffs this year. Hmmm. Should have been the Kings but they can't seem to figure it out. In spite of a new GM, and some great talent on the floor. Go figure. Phoenix blunders their draft picks, and still has a strong team. Sacramento take note for next year.