The Grant Napear Show – June 15, 2012
With Friday’s episode being the last broadcast before Father’s Day, Grant posed the challenge to his listeners to call in with their best sports memory involving their fathers. The tales did not disappoint and the phone lines were packed for every segment that wasn’t filled with an interview.
Scot Pollard joined the show and led off with a story about his favorite sports memory with his father. Pollard, and Kansas alum, then broke down the positives and negatives of NBA Draft prospect and now former Jayhawk Thomas Robinson, likening him in some ways to and undersized Amare Stoudemire. Scot says due to Robinson being only 6’7″ in bare feet, he’ll have to capitalize on his tremendous work ethic to succeed as a power forward in the NBA as his outside game isn’t strong enough to play the small forward position. The former King then gives his take on a few more prospects, UNC’s Harrison Barnes and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State University.
Grant’s Rant during today’s annual Father’s Day episode was about the memories that his listeners had relayed through the early parts of the show and how none of them mentioned whether the team won or lost – because it’s the memory that’s most important, and most people don’t even remember the outcome.
Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com broke down the finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder and last night’s questionable non-foul call on LeBron James while defending Kevin Durant on the final Thunder possession of the ballgame. Scott and Grant then discussed the possible departure of the Kings from Sacramento after NBA reporter David Aldridge posed a question about it to David Stern at a recent press conference.
Kentucky basketball play-by-play voice Tom Leach was the next in a long line of college voices to help educate Kings fans on some of the team’s potential draftees with this year’s number five pick. Wing player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and versatile big man Terrence Jones were both hot topics of conversation. Each would bring their own unique strengths to Sacramento and Leach runs down the list of the positives for each of the two.
Golf analyst Damon Hack of SI.com checked in regarding the U.S. Open, leading off by pointing to the noteworthy performance of two amateurs in the tournament – seventeen-year-old Beau Hossler and fourteen-year-old Andy Zhang. Hack then touched on the struggles of Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson.
Grant replayed an interview from six years ago with his late father, Bert. The interview has become a Father’s Day tradition and has been a favorite of listeners since its original airing.