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The Grant Napear Show – December 13, 2011

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Another big show for the Grant Napear show today, with the NBA season inching closer the excitement is starting to build. Callers made it clear that they cannot wait to see what the Sacramento Kings will do this year.

Starting off the show, DeMarcus Cousins center for the Sacramento Kings joins the show to talk Kings Basketball. “I knew what to expect this year. I’m happy to come in and help the rookies out.” Cousins said when asked how things are different for him this year coming off his rookie year. When asked what did you change coming into this year? Cousins replied, “To be a leader at all times, and being consistent.” He went on to say “I’m trying to prove to everybody in the league that I’m an elite big man in the league” in response to his play vs. other top big men in the league. Cousins expands on the thought of having one year under his belt saying, “I am going to be a lot more focused, and cut down on arguing with the refs.” It is clear that Cousins seems ready for the year and excited to see where the Kings will go.

Next on the show Matt Maiocco with CSN comes on to share his thoughts on the NFL. Starting with his thoughts on 49er linebacker Patrick Willis and his injury saying “When they get out there this week we will see. If there is any grey area he will not play.” Looking ahead to this week’s matchup between the 49ers and he Steelers Maiocco feels that the Steelers are set up to give the 49ers problems, with their blitz, and if Ben Roethlisberger is ready to play it will be tough for the 49ers.

Next on the show, head coach of the Oakland Raiders Hue Jackson checks into his weekly installment. Sharing his thought on last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, Coach Jackson is disappointed in his team’s performance. He feels that his team has a lot to work out but they can make the right adjustments before this week’s matchup vs. the Lions.

Up next on the show was Brian Baldinger with the NFL Network to share his thoughts on all things NFL. Starting with Ben Roethlisberger and if he will be healthy enough to play Baldinger said, “He has come back from everything that has happened to him to date.” He went on to say, “They are going to put it in his hands and he is going to do what he has to do to get out there.” Switching gears and sharing his thoughts on NY Giants defensive end Jason Pierre Paul saying, “He is a more athletic Julius Peppers. His skill level is 2nd to only Peppers, 2 years from now he might be unstoppable. Talking about the hot button issue and the fact the James Harrison has been suspended for one game due to his helmet to helmet hit. Baldinger said, “Yes he should have been suspended, with the league trying to get rid of those hit it had to be done.”

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