The Grant Napear Show – January 12, 2012

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Grant delivered today’s show from Houston where the Kings await tomorrow night’s matchup against the Rockets. Right away, coach Keith Smart recapped his first few games as head coach after replacing Paul Westphal, pointing out a few of the things he’s learned about his personnel since taking over. Coach said it’s still a learning process that is not aided by the immediacy of his promotion. Smart offered some words on the development of Isaiah Thomas, the struggles of John Salmons, and the league-wide dip in shooting percentages during the early stages of the season.

Leading off the second hour, Brad Swoopes talks about the Common Good Classic basketball tournament this weekend at Antelope High School.

In candid interview to finish the four o’clock hour, former Raiders coach Hue Jackson talked about being dismissed as coach of the Raiders and what went wrong during the 2011-12 NFL season.

After another archive-worthy rant on overweight passengers/fans/seat occupiers, newly-minted GM of the Raiders Reggie McKenzie laid out his plan to build Oakland into a powerhouse franchise again. McKenzie said he knows what it takes to turn around a struggling franchise and sometimes tough decisions have to be made but that consistency is the key. He also discussed what he learned from the Packers in his time with their organization.

Lastly, Kenny Albert joined the show from San Francisco, where he is preparing to call Saturday’s NFC Divisional showdown between the 49ers and the visiting Saints. Kenny said the 49ers have been winning tough games all year but still hasn’t faced anything quite like the Saints; he also explained why his broadcasting crew has a unique advantage on the competition when it comes to interacting with Jim Harbaugh. Kenny finished up with some thoughts on the relationship between Alex Smith and Harbaugh.

Summary by Nate Goodyear

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