On the eve of the first Major League Baseball game played atAT&T Park in 2012, the focus was not on the field, but on Matt Cain.After receiving a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed 112.5million from 2013 through 2017, Matt Cain was flanked by general manger BrianSabean, CEO Larry Baer and manager Bruce Bochy at a press conference Mondayafternoon.This is the way its supposed to turn out, Sabean said. We love him and heloves us.Before the extension, Cain was set to hit free agency after the 2012 season,but is now guaranteed to keep his title as the longest tenured active Giant forat least another six seasons.Were extremely excited about knowing were going to be here through 2017,Cain said. Cains contract also includes a full no-trade clause, which the right-handersaid he appreciated because it shows him that the Giants want him to stay inSan Francisco.After watching Cain throw over 200 innings in each of the past five years,Sabean said there was no question about the Giants desire to retain their first-rounddraft pick in 2002.This kid has literally gotten better each year, Sabean said.Bochy expressed relief that his teams strength the starting rotation wouldstay in tact for the time being.We have one of the elite pitchers in the game, Bochy said of Cain. To havehim another five years, we know were very fortunate.Bochy also commended Cain on his leadership skills and ability to move past thenumerous starts in which the Giants have failed to score runs behind him,leading to his 69-73 career record.Hes a leader that leads by example, Bochy said. Hes been through toughluck with the wins and losses but never points a finger.Sabean said that vice president of baseball operations BobbyEvans represented the team in negotiations, while he dubbed himself The Wizardof Oz.You just keep grinding to that ultimate figure, Sabean said. But it wasntcontentious. There was no knock down, drag out about it.
First, there was #ChinaKlay.
Now, there is #FakeKlay.
In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.
A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.
"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."
So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.
OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.
So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.
“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.
“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”
Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.
They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.
That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.
“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”
Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.
“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.
“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”
The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.
“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.