Forget the San Andreas and Hayward faults, it’s the candor quotient of Bay Area coaches and general managers that’s keeping sports fans on shaky ground.
A week after Mark Jackson said he “truly believes Andris Biedrins can get his confidence back,” the Warriors are meeting this week with Tyson Chandler in hopes of luring the free-agent center away from the Dallas Mavericks. Golden State would likely have to waive Biedrins under the NBA’s new amnesty clause to clear salary cap space to sign Chandler. Pastor Jackson always keeps the faith, but it’s equally important to keep your options open.
Following the Raiders’ dreadful performance in Miami, Hue Jackson said he takes full blame for the loss. “I didn’t prepare this team as well as I can.” Funny, I don’t remember Hue missing all those blocks, tackles and coverage assignments against the Dolphins. Do you think the coach had a different message for his team after watching the game with them on Monday? Jackson’s underachieving bullies better get their nasty on in Green Bay this week, or the coach will have an even harder time selling his well-worn mea culpa excuse.
When asked about the extent of Patrick Willis’ hamstring injury, Jim Harbaugh cryptically answered, “I would not be able to tell you that. I am not in Patrick’s body.” As to the prospect of giving his Pro Bowl linebacker some time off to heal, the 49ers coach said, “The trainers and Patrick will make that decision.” With all due respect to the Niners’ head athletic trainer, Jeff Ferguson, Harbaugh will have just a teeny bit of influence on when Willis returns to action.
Billy Beane says the A’s are not shopping any players. But the general manager said nearly every Oakland pitcher has drawn interest at baseball’s winter meetings. No truth to the rumor that Beane has been seen walking around Dallas with a “For Sale” sign on A’s baseball cards pinned to his sport coat.
And then there’s Bruce Bochy, who finally acknowledged what most Giants insiders surmised. Buster Posey will be playing some first base next season, to keep his bat in the lineup when he’s not behind the plate. When asked whether he’s comfortable with an offense made up of essentially the same hitters that scored the fewest runs in the league, likely minus Carlos Beltran, in 2012, the Giants skipper said, “Yes, I am.”
Wait a minute … somebody call the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park … I think I just felt a tremor.
KGO (810 AM) Sports Director Rich Walcoff can be heard weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. on the KGO morning news. He can be reached at RichWalcoff@gmail.com.