A little of this, and a lot of that …
» Looks like the Barry Bonds-to-the-A’s rumor mill is humming along at full speed once again. Word is Barry would agree to terms in Oakland only if he gets the Canseco-McGwire wing of the clubhouse in the hopes of finding a leftover vial or two underneath the unswept lockers.
» Facing charges of perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from his statements to a grand jury that he had never knowingly used steroids, Bonds stepped in to face a federal judge for the first time last week. He walked on four pitches.
» Heading into Sunday’s game with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Warriors had won 11 of their last 13 games following the inexplicable 0-6 start, displaying balance, team chemistry and a willingness to crash the boards that they never showed all of last season. They’ve gotten terrific production from Monta Ellis, Kelenna Azubuike and Al Harrington among others, all in support of Baron Davis, who has been spectacular. But the numbers being put up by Stephen Jackson since his return are the ones that should stand out the most at Oracle Arena — and I’m not talking about his 22 points per game.
In the seven games Jackson was out on suspension, the Warriors gave up 116 points per game. In the 12 games since, that number has been slashed to 102. The offense has been consistent, averaging 109 points with Jackson out and 110 since his return, but it’s been the defensive intensity that has been the key to Golden State ‘s remarkable about-face. This is not to say Jackson is doing it all on his own, but a differential of 14 points allowed per game cannot be mere coincidence in evaluating who is truly the most valuable Warrior on this deep roster.
» I wasn’t there to see it — and I have no verifiable proof — but what do you wanna bet that ex-Wolverines star Jim Harbaugh, fresh off of Stanford’s Big Game win, broke off a quick call to Michigan athletic director Bill Martin, just to say “You see that?”
» Speaking of Michigan’s coaching vacancy, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano became the second big name to turn down the Wolverines in the last week, following LSU’s Les Miles. You know, it’s starting to look like this Ann Arbor chick has millions of dollars to give away, but no takers. Maybe it’s not such a crazy idea for Harbaugh to make a follow-up call.
» You’ll have to forgive 49ers coach Mike Nolan for mistakenly calling his injured quarterback “Adam” instead of “Alex” Smith during an interview last week. Adam is, of course, known as the “father of modern economics” and with Alex discovering a legal way to steal millions of dollars, well — you can understand Nolan’s confusion.
» Paging De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur … please pick upa white courtesy phone. Bob Ladouceur, please. A woman named Ann Arbor is on the line.