The Warriors’ Klay Thompson is so hot, he showers at halftime. So hot that he wears potholders to pet his dog Rocco when he gets home. In the last dozen games, he averaged 27.3 points per game on 57 percent shooting from 3-pointland. That’s beyond Stephen Curry hot, if you can believe it.
So what has gotten into Thompson this month?
Could be the words of teammate Andre Iguodala.
As you might recall, it was Iguodala who raised some eyebrows when he spit out the F-word at Thompson before the season. You know, as in focus. The veteran suggested that Thompson had started to burn out mentally around the All-Star break last season, a trend that carried into the playoffs. He expected an improved Thompson to show up later in the season.
At the time, Thompson respectfully disagreed with the assessment, but the words of a respected voice had to sting a bit. The timing of his recent play is too much of a coincidence to believe that he hasn’t taken the words to heart.
“I don’t think I’m looking too far into the future, as far as the playoffs or the next game,” Thompson admitted. “I’m just trying to take it one day at a time, as clichéd as that sounds. In my five years, I’ve learned that you have to live in the present.”
If the Warriors won it all with Thompson at less than his best a year ago, what can they do with him in lights-out mode? That’s a scary thought, indeed.
CONNECT THE DOTS: Mystery Team A traded former first-rounder Marreese Speights for a pair of second-round draft picks, one who never played an NBA game, the other who barely played at all.
One year later, the same team gave away Iguodala, Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic in return for Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson.
Now you know why the Philadelphia 76ers are the most dog breath organization in professional sports this decade, although there’s a certain team in Santa Clara that may overtake them before long …
APRIL FOOLS: Remember when then 49ers coach Jim Tomsula uttered these words about Colin Kaepernick early last season: “I’ve had no thoughts of him not being our quarterback. He’s our quarterback”?
Well, five months later, Kaepernick is still their quarterback for no other reason than Tomsula and especially general manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York were too (pick one) naive/stubborn/stupid to do the right thing.
Kaepernick should have been benched after a downright pathetic 47-7 loss against the Arizona Cardinals, one in which he threw not one but two pick-sixes in the first quarter. Instead, he was allowed to start against the Green Bay Packers in Week 4 and promptly tore his left labrum in another one-sided loss.
Now the Niners can’t release Kaepernick before the April 1 deadline without the wrath of the players’ association. The malcontent QB would have to pass a physical examination first, and he’s still not healthy enough for that to happen. So the organization will have no choice but to pick up his $11.9 million tab for next season, all because three stooges got it wrong again.
LOOK WHO’S TALKIN’: Company man Chip Kelly said the Niners were right to sit on their their $50-something million and not to overspend in the free agent market. Which was all well and good until you considered that this was the same Philadelphia Eagles genius who offered first-round picks in 2015 and 2016, a second-round pick in 2015 plus any quarterback and any defensive player on the roster in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft (Marcus Mariota) even though the kid had never played a single down of professional football.
WISHFUL THINKING: Last week Alex Rodriguez claimed the 2017 season would be his last, and if the New York Yankee wasn’t such a chronic liar, Balls could almost believe him.
A-Fraud needs only 27 home runs to catch Babe Ruth on the career list. He’s also 75 short of Barry Bonds, the all-time leader. If within striking distance of the top, he’ll play as long as it takes to get to get there. Some desperate team would want him for marketing purposes alone.
“It’s hard to think about Babe Ruth and [me] in the same sentence,” Rodriguez fessed up to the Yes Network recently. “I don’t care what the numbers say — there’s only one Babe Ruth. … Even if you don’t like baseball, Babe Ruth is such an iconic name that crosses over not only domestically but all over the world.”
Even when A-Fraud has played his final game, we won’t see the last of him, unfortunately. It’s even money that he’ll hook up with Bonds and his hometown Miami Marlins eventually, because Major League Baseball can’t reward cheaters and low-lifes enough.
READY TO ROLL: Good news for the Giants — Brandon Crawford’s hair looks to be in midseason form, and his .357 batting average isn’t bad, either.
As for the Athletics, their defense is still “putrid,” as even mild-mannered skipper Bob Melvin called it the other day. Balls expects Marcus Semien Bobblehands Day to be added to the promotional schedule.
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