The Grant Napear Show – March 13, 2012
Tuesday’s show came live from Power Balance Pavilion in anticipation of tonight’s game between the Kings and their geographic rival, the Golden State Warriors.
Grant led off the show by challenging the 49ers’ signing of Randy Moss, saying that he’s happy that Moss didn’t sign with his team (the Giants) because he could never root for a guy like Moss that puts himself above the team. Grant cites that Moss was a cancer at every stop, including with the Raiders, Vikings, Patriots, and Titans.
Fan reaction to the Moss signing was abundant, with calls coming in arguing both sides of the issue. Throughout the show, Grant offered commentary on all the signings that came across the wire on an opening day of NFL Free Agency that saw the Redskins sign three wide receivers and Brandon Marshall get shipped from the Dolphins to the Bears.
At the end of hour two, Matt Steinmetz, the Warriors’ beat writer for CSN Bay Area, joined the show to discuss the trade rumors that have been swirling around Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, and David Lee (amongst other names). Steinmetz tells us whether he thinks the Warriors are going to pull the trigger on a deal for a big name like Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. He closes out the segment by shedding some light on Stephen Curry’s recurring ankle issues and whether the Warriors could get a decent value in return for Curry.
Grant’s rant today centered around Carmelo Anthony’s continued displeasure in New York since returning from injury and pretty much single-handedly bringing “Linsanity” to a screeching halt for the Knicks. Carmelo has been vocal about his difficulty in adjusting to Jeremy Lin’s style of play and Mike D’Antoni’s coaching adjustments since Lin took over as starting point guard.
Midway through the five o’clock hour, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area recaps the 49ers’ signing of Randy Moss, explaining why it was a low-risk move despite the reputation of Moss as a locker room cancer. Maiocco then went on to shed some light on what’s been holding up the re-signing of Alex Smith and what the 49ers need to do to make the leap to being a Super Bowl contender.
Right before the six o’clock hour, news broke that the Warriors traded Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. Grant, as well as most of the callers, were perplexed as to what would cause the Warriors to make such a lopsided deal including their best player. The breaking news carried the remainder of Grant’s portion of the show up until six o’clock and carried over when Jason Ross took over for the final half hour.
For the final thirty minutes, the phone lines were jammed with callers wanting to offer opinions on the Monta Ellis trade. Warriors fans were unanimous in their distaste for the deal.
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