Frantz: Davis’ departure no surprise

I’m still scratching my head over the reaction to the Baron Davis-to-the-Clippers news last week. How on earth could anyone in Warrior-land be surprised by Davis’ decision to bolt? After all, when Don Nelson is shown on national television actually packing Davis’ suitcase for him during the final two timeouts in Golden State’s second-to-last game of the season against Phoenix, it should have been something of a hint, right?

» You really have to hand it to Warriors general manager Chris Mullin, who plays ‘tit-for-tat’ like nobody’s business. With the Clippers reaching out and stealing Golden State’s best player from them, Mullin simply turned around, stuck his tongue out at Donald Sterling, and offered $90 million to L.A.’s best player. Now, if only Elton Brand can be persuaded to pull a Carlos Boozer and renege on his word to the Clippers. If Brand can somehow make a successful transition from power forward to point guard, Mullin will have pulled off a doozy.

» Seriously though, asking the talented Monta Ellis to lead this team from the point position would be like asking Warren Sapp to enter Dancing With the Stars: Dude may be good at a lot of things, but that ain’t likely to be one of ’em.

» The U.S. Olympic track team may have taken a major hit Saturday when America’s top sprinter, Tyson Gay, went down with a severe leg cramp while attempting to qualify in the 200 meters. Fortunately, the U.S. squad has unprecedented depth going into the Beijing Games. World-record holder Michael Phelps, who broke his own mark in the 200 on Friday, has offered to take Gay’s spot on the squad, provided International Olympic Committee officials agree to make the other competitors race 200 meters around the pool during his individual medley.

» Sources close to former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre, who just announced his retirement in March, say the NFL’s all-time passing leader may be interested in a comeback. Considering that the Packers have yet to conduct so much as their first training camp without the future Hall of Famer, an interesting question arises: Can a player be officially credited with a ‘comeback’ if he never actually completes his ‘retirement’?

» All kidding aside, if I’m former Cal QB Aaron Rodgers, I’m slashing Favre’s tires the moment he pulls into the players’ parking lot and then I’m demanding my outright release. It’s hard enough for a quarterback to escape the shadow of a retired legend, but it’s damn-near impossible when the guy is literally standing next to you in the locker room telling you you’re blocking some of his spotlight.

» Clear Channel Communications recently announced a new eight-year agreement with talk radio behemoth Rush Limbaugh worth an estimated $400 million. In a related story, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently suffered 400 million shock-induced, simultaneous heart attacks.

Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at bfrantz@sfexaminer.com.

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