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Frost: Keep Off the Field

Frost: Keep Off the Field

Feb. 23, 2010GIANTS PAGE
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SCOTTSDALE,Ariz. Tuesday marked the first full-squad workout for the Giants, and the dayfeatured a few other firsts, too.Greeting playerswalking up the steps from the clubhouse to the field early in the morning was asign that read, FROST: KEEP OFF THE FIELD.Thats right,frost. The recent rain left the outfield soaked, and the very cold night frozeit over. Also, the standing water on the tarp froze overnight, creating theunique-to-baseball sight of mounds of ice ringing the infield after the tarpwas removed.So practice wasdelayed by 30 minutes or so, and as far as anyone can remember its the Giantsfirst-ever frost delay.The sun isfinally back, though, and to the delight of about 45 fans, who showed up on thefirst day of spring for which the gates at Scottsdale Stadium were open to thepublic, the workout went off as planned.Theres not awhole lot to see, quite frankly. Drills, drills and more drills mostly. Butthat monotony is nothing to the die-hards here compared to the monotony of along winter without baseball. The lifers who showed up Tuesday were here moreto hear the sweet sounds of the game and get a first look at their boys thanthey were interested in the state of Alex Hinshaws breaking ball.Hinshaw, by theway, is quickly becoming one of my favorite Giants. Kevin Frandsen, too. Likeso many of their teammates, theyve got personality galore, and nicer, moreaccessible players youll have a hard time finding.Did a ton ofinterviews for various TV packages youll be seeing over the next couple ofweeks, and the best interview of the day might have been our long chat with newhitting coach Hensley Muelens.Bam Bam isunder the microscope as the man charged with transforming the offense, but hesure is comfortable with the role. Eloquent -- in five languages -- andengaging, he seems like a nice fit for a team that features a blend ofestablished veterans and youngsters on the rise.The other firsttoday was manager Bruce Bochys first team-wide address, delivered before theworkout, behind closed doors. I havent heard how it went as I write this post,but Im sure Ill have something on it later today in one of my flip-cam homevideos. --MychaelUrbanWhat's your take? Email Mychael and let him know. He may use it in his weekly Mailbag.

Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

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Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor. 

The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.

Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back. 

But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.

“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.

FOX Sports was first to report the news.

Skal Labissiere showing signs of growth: 'The NBA is still super new to me'

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Skal Labissiere showing signs of growth: 'The NBA is still super new to me'

The 2017-18 Sacramento Kings season is about development and finding a core to build around. De’Aaron Fox is already showing signs that he is the long-term answer at the point guard position, but the Kings need more than an army of one.

Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson and Willie Cauley-Stein are being given a chance to play rotational minutes early in the season, and flying under the radar is second-year big, Skal Labissiere.

Early in the season, Dave Joerger has relied heavily on veteran Zach Randolph for big minutes at the power forward position, but Labissiere is quietly building momentum. Three games is an extremely small sample size by any standard, but Labissiere is heading in the right direction.

“Whatever coach wants me to do, that’s what I’m going to do out there,” Labissiere told NBC Sports California’s Kayte Christensen after the game. “I’m just going to go out there and play hard and help this team get a win.”

In 23.7 minutes per game so far this season, Labissiere is averaging 11 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, .7 steals and .7 blocks. If he were playing starter minutes, those numbers project substantially higher.

Labissiere burst on the scene in Sacramento after the DeMarcus Cousins trade during All-Star weekend last season. Before getting an opportunity in the rotation, he spent plenty of time in Reno and behind the scenes working on his game with the Kings’ coaching staff. He played 33 total games during the 2016-17 season, including 26 straight to finish the year.

“I’m still trying to get comfortable, I’m still learning,” Labissiere said. “The NBA is still super new to me, I haven’t even played a full season yet. As a group, we’re still learning each other. I think by mid-year, we’ll be fine.”

The 21-year-old Haitian-born big came into the league with a sweet jumper, but he’s added more range in year two. He hit his first 3-pointer Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets, but throughout camp you could see him shooting with the guards and there are plenty of sets where he’ll get opportunities as the season pushes forward.

In addition to adding the long ball to his arsenal, Labissiere has also worked to improve his playmaking ability. He’s averaging 3.7 assists per 36 minutes and that number has a chance to improve as the team’s chemistry on the court improves.

“The offense runs through the bigs, so we have to be able to make plays for the guards,” Labissiere said. “I’ve been watching a lot of tape trying to figure out where the help is coming from, where I can pass the ball, who I can pass the ball to. That’s one thing I’ve been working on.”

Labissiere still has plenty to learn. He’s struggled with turnovers early in the season and he needs to add strength to hold his position in the post. But his offensive game is advanced and it won’t be long before the Kings turn to him more and more as a weapon.

Sacramento has plenty of young breakout candidates entering the season, but few have the ceiling of Labissiere. The early returns are promising.