The Grant Napear Show – November 30, 2011
Today was the first day that the Kings’ staff was available to the media, and Paul Westphal came back to Grant’s show after the lockout and had plenty to catch up on. Westphal discussed the changes in the Kings’ coaching staff, his expectations of DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, and Jimmer Fredette; he also gave some thoughts on the team’s free agency options.
Later on, rookie running back Kendall Hunter of the 49ers talked about what OU/Oklahoma State means to the state of Oklahoma as a former Cowboy. Kendall said adjusting to the NFL has been difficult but educational in all aspects of the game.
After a rant about Bobby Valentine’s hiring as the new manager of the Red Sox, Greg Gumbel of CBS Sports previewed Sunday’s Raiders/Dolphins matchup, where he will be on the call for CBS with Dan Dierdorf. Greg spoke on the Dolphins’ recent turnaround, saying that Tony Sparano has his guys playing hard, even when they were winless. He also broke down Matt Moore’s performance in replacing the injured Chad Henne and what the Raiders will have to do to win on the road.
In another entertaining edition of his weekly segment, Charles Davis discussed the Pac-12 championship game this weekend in Eugene, pitting UCLA vs. the Oregon Ducks. Charles broke down what led the Bruins to the title game, despite a season that got head coach Rick Neuheisel fired. Charles and Grant also swapped tales of things they’ve seen throughout the years in their respective professions before discussing the NFL’s shortsighted scheduling this season.