The Grant Napear Show – June 6, 2012
Bip Roberts of CSN Bay Area talks about the ongoing struggles of Tim Lincecum, who has made a habit this year of having one really bad inning in each of his starts. Roberts speculates as to whether the problem is mental, mechanical, or even something else. Bip also discusses Aubrey Huff’s diminished role on the team since returning from the DL for anxiety, the team’s race to overcome the first-place Dodgers despite the loss of two major stars (Pablo Sandoval and Brian Wilson) to injury and how their locker room chemistry has helped them overcome diversity. Finally, Roberts raves about the acquisition of Melky Cabrera and the huge role he’s played in the early season as well as the resurgence of Barry Zito.
Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com weighs in on the future of Erik Spoelstra in Miami should the Heat not advance to the NBA Finals. He also talks about LeBron James’ performance in late-game situations, why we judge him so harshly regardless of what the statistics say, and why the casual fan loves to hate James and the Heat. This leads to a comparison between the respective work ethics of LeBron and Kobe Bryant, and why Kobe can get away with essentially making whatever decision he wants as a result of his drive during practice session. Sheridan continues by discussing the Western Conference Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, saying that the Spurs have a very slim chance of beating Oklahoma City for two straight games. The Spurs jumped out to a 2-0 series lead before Oklahoma City woke up and took the next three. Finally, Grant and Chris have a brief chat about the NBA Draft and who the Kings could be looking at with the number five pick.
John Smoltz of Turner Sports and MLB Network looks around the league now that we’re a week into June, touching on the struggles of Tim Lincecum as well as the Detroit Tigers.
Eric Branch of SFGate.com caught us up with the latest goings-on at 49ers headquarters now that offseason practices have begun, touching on Alex Smith’s work with a pitching coach, Jim Harbaugh’s comments about the team’s pursuit (or alleged lack thereof) of Peyton Manning, San Francisco’s overwhelming depth at the running back position, the upgrades at the wide receiver position, and how the team is handling the high expectations going into the upcoming season.