By Dave “Deuce” Mason
The “P” Word
Patience. Yes, that’s a repulsive word if you’re sports fan because WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO BE PATIENT.
OK, I’ll stop yelling.
Raiders fans hate this word because they haven’t sniffed the postseason in over a decade but right now; it’s a fair word.
Call me crazy but I’m willing to give Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie more time based on the fact that the Raiders were in cap hell when he took over and didn’t have many draft picks.
McKenzie worked in Green Bay with Super Bowl winning personnel men in John Schneider and Ted Thompson, and they speak so highly of him.
Sure, free agency got off to a rocky start with the Saffold debacle but it could be a blessing in disguise. Isn’t this the same signing most NFL pundits and fans ripped? You see so many NFL teams blow money when they have cap space yet McKenzie seems to take a methodical approach with free agency.
The big key is what they do in the draft. The Raiders have so many holes, and McKenzie knows it.
Be patient P-WORD”, Raider Nation.
What to Watch This Weekend–Kings @ Bulls-5 p.m. on Saturday-Yes, I know we’re in March and the Kings have 23 wins but this game has some compelling storylines.
Dunleavy vs. Cousins-These two guys don’t like each other and it stems back to last year when Cousins was ejected for throwing an elbow at Dunleavy.
The two got into it a couple of times during the Bulls loss to Sacramento in early February.
“He’s a clown, and he’s scared,” Cousins told the media after the game. “I wouldn’t even waste my time on him if I ever saw him outside of the gym. He’s a clown.”
Dunleavy told the Chicago Tribune that he didn’t have a response but he had plenty to say about the “clown” comment.
“I would like to respond but clowns can’t talk,” Dunleavy said. “So I’ll mime or make him some animal balloons or something. Oh, man. That’s the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black. Honestly, I’ve never been called that before. I guess there’s a first time for everything.”
Jimmer Revenge Game? He hasn’t received a ton of playing time for the Bulls yet received a standing ovation from the fans in Chicago win he entered the game late in the 4th quarter of the Bulls win over the Rockets on Thursday.
I’m sure he’ll be itching to light up his former team on Saturday afternoon.
Player to watch: Joakim Noah-I love watching this guy play because he never stops working. He’s great defensively, runs the floor and he’s an exceptional passer.
Big guys who can pass the ball are a joy to watch and he’s averaging nearly five assists per game.
He’s also awesome because he hates the “MVP” chants that he’s getting from Bulls fans.
“I don’t like it. No, I don’t like it,” Noah told Bulls.com. “Because our MVP is not playing. We have one MVP and that’s Derrick Rose. It’s not about MVPs, it’s about rings, and one day I hope that we can get one here. That’s all I want. I don’t care about none of that stuff.”
Stat you should know: Noah has three triple-doubles on the year and was one assist away on Thursday with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
His three triple-doubles puts him in a tie for 2nd or most triple-doubles in the NBA. The other guys? Kevin Durant and Steph Curry.
What To Drink (Responsibly): Go to the store and pick up 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA. It’s from a brewery in San Francisco and you can’t go wrong with a six-pack of anything they produce.
Jersey Watch Update: 8-0. My latest victim was Michael Carter-Williams who failed to get 20 and 10 in Wednesday game against the Kings.
I would’ve had to buy his jersey but my predictions have been rock solid. Check out the rest of my jersey watch victims here: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/03/05/deuces-blog-jersey-watch-2014/
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