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The Grant Napear Show – March 9, 2012

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Today on the Grant Napear Show, with Spring Training in full swing, baseball was a big topic of conversation. Along with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, Grant discussed the Kings and any movement fans may see as the trade deadline approaches. He also reviewed possibilities for Sacramento to obtain another professional sports team, whether it be hockey, baseball, or football. Grant took calls about trades fans would like to see happen, Tyreke Evans, the Kings matchup with the Mavericks, the A’s, Giants, and if Sacramento could be a possible destination for a Major League Baseball team. Grant interviewed Ray Ratto and Mark Followill.

Ray Ratto from Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area joined the show today to talk about his article regarding the Kings staying in Sacramento, as well as whether the A’s will stay in Oakland. Ray was skeptical about an “iron clad” deal for the Kings to get a new Entertainment and Sports Complex in Sacramento. He believes that when somebody says “iron clad,” it doesn’t always mean a guarantee, and that if somebody wants to find a loophole in the deal, they will.

Next, Grant asked Ray about the Golden State Warriors’ new ownership. Ray said that Joe Lacob is “too hands-on” for an owner, and that owners should stay out of the sports side of the team. He also discussed a possible deal with the Orlando Magic to obtain Dwight Howard. Ray said that a move for Dwight Howard involving Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry isn’t feasible because Howard doesn’t want to play for Golden State, and the Warriors can’t afford to give up what it would take to get Howard for only six-weeks.

Ray talked about what is going on with the A’s in Oakland. He believes that nothing will happen with the A’s in the short-term, because of the current mess going on with the New York Mets, and the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ray said that Major League Baseball has greater concerns than the A’s and Giants current battle over territorial rights to San Jose. He also said that that the A’s aren’t interesting and don’t appeal to Bay Area baseball fans because the ownership’s concerns aren’t with the product on the field, but with moving the team. However, Ray thinks the A’s will be fun to watch if Yoenis Cespedes, Manny Ramirez and Jemile Weeks can produce.

Finally, Ray and Grant discussed the San Francisco Giants, what to expect from them this season, and how high Ray is. Ray chalked up a lot of last year’s issues to bad luck and a World Series hangover. Season-ending injuries to Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez were especially damaging for the Giants because those were the two players the Giants could not replace. On top of that, Pablo Sandoval was the only player that improved for San Francisco, with everyone else staying even or getting drastically worse.

Dallas Mavericks’ television play-by-play voice, Mark Followill talked about the Mavericks and their up-and-down season. Mark discussed the importance of starting out strong in a block of games. The Mavericks struggled coming out of the all-star break, and have gone 2-5 in their first 7 games of a 9 game stretch. Mark discussed what teams have the Mavs’ number and what team they don’t want to see in the playoffs. He said that the Los Angeles Lakers would be tough, and the Memphis Grizzlies are a team that the Mavs can’t seem to figure out.

As far as the trade deadline, Mark said he doesn’t see the Mavs making any major moves. Despite losing guys like Tyson Chandler in free agency, Mark Cuban and the Mavericks are doing the best they can to not break up a championship team.

Next, Grant and Mark talked about the Kings and Lakers, and the discrepancy between each team’s home and road records. Mark talked about how the Kings have beat the Thunder and Lakers in Sacramento this season, and how the Lakers blew two games on the road against the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.

Finally, Mark talked about the Longhorn Network and the controversy surrounding the launch of the network. He discussed how ESPN paying gargantuan amounts of money to get the network started caused a lot of friction among schools, and was a key factor in Texas A&M moving from the Big 12 to the SEC. After that he spoke about the Dallas Cowboys and whether Jerry Jones will take a shot at trying to obtain Peyton Manning. Mark pointed out that Jones is a big fan of Tony Romo, and that the Cowboys have bigger, more glaring issues than quarterback.

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