The NBA regular practice season is only days away, and you know what that means, boys and girls.
That’s right — more weak, dumb, incessant, tiresome Warriors envy.
Yo, Klay Thompson, it’s your turn …
“He’s not leading [spit],” some knucklehead named Jason Terry whined about the All-Star guard earlier this week. “If he doesn’t make shots, how effective is he? Go watch Klay Thompson versus James Harden from last year and see what James did to him. … Let’s see what happens this time around.”
Who in the heck is Terry, anyway? And why should anyone give a rat’s red end what he has to say about anything?
The record book says Terry is a 39-year-old, washed-up fossil who will be out of work soon. He plays at 16 rpm for the Milwaukee Bucks, one of the most irrelevant franchises in pro sports. If not for that goofy headband of his, one couldn’t tell him from the next jamoke.
Terry has never played in an All-Star Game, never won a major individual award. Check that. He was Player of the Week. Once. Eleven years ago. Only seven players have bricked more shots in NBA history, which explains why he considers former Houston Rockets teammate Harden to be an A-side player.
Now let’s go watch Thompson versus Harden from last year and see what Thompson did to him in round one of the playoffs …
While hobbled teammate Stephen Curry was a non-factor, Thompson was the best all-round player on the court. He stepped up to average 23.4 points per game, shot 44 percent from beyond the arc and 45 percent overall. Harden shot only 31 and 41 percent, respectively, and lot of the bricks came with Thompson in his face. The so-called Beard averaged a few more points (26.6) in the matchup, but only because he hoisted 34 more total shots.
So, yeah, Thompson is a B-side player, all right. B-side like the Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” and the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” and David Bowie’s “Suffragette City.”
Terry? He isn’t even on the charts.
NO LOVE LOST: The results of the annual NBA general managers survey are in, and there aren’t many surprises.
The Warriors have the best team and homecourt advantage, LeBron James is the best and most versatile player, Gregg Popovich is the best coach and so on, the GMs say.
But who were the six guys who didn’t believe the Warriors made the best off-season moves? Did anyone else add a future Hall of Famer like Kevin Durant? Will any newbie have a bigger impact on his team?
There wouldn’t be some jealous GMs out there, too, would there?
TIME TO FIRE AWAY: The Raiders’ defense is the absolute worst in pro football, but there are two simple steps to improve it.
So long, Ken Norton Jr. Nice to know ya.
In nearly 1.5 seasons as coordinator, Norton has been in over his head. The guy is slow to make adjustments schematically and personnel-wise. Could be the reason why he was one of the last Pete Carroll disciples to get his own gig in the league.
Then Jack Del Rio can call the shots on a full-time basis while the AFC West title is still to be had.
Whether Del Rio is a head coach who can take the Raiders from Point B to Point C is open to debate. Balls is certain of this much, though — Captain Jack knows defense. As a player and coach, he made his career there. Sure, the group is flawed, but he can’t help but improve their focus and chemistry at the very least. The front office can hire a long-term replacement later.
Just change, baby.
THE LIST: Can’t-miss picks against the spread for Week 7 of the NFL season. Or your money back.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+3 points).
New England Patriots (-7 1/2) at Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Santa Clara (+2)
Last week: 1-2. Season 7-11 (.389).
JUST SAYIN’: Raiders owner Mark Davis has dreams of a Las Vegas wedding. So did Mia Goth and Shia LaBeouf, but they didn’t have to pay a $550-million relocation fee.
Pathetic Chicago Cubs fans feared the worst when the Los Angeles Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. C’mon, admit it. For their sake, doesn’t a part of you hope the Cubbies blow up again. …
The Dodgers say the Clayton Kershaw injury turned around their season. Fine. Then Giants ace Madison Bumgarner won’t show up until the All-Star break next year.
The NHL season is off to a rousing start, what with so much young talent and so many goals scored. Yep, if commish Gary Bettman and his merry band of men knew how to market the product, it sure could go places.
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE … Peter Puck?
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