Urban: All-Star justice for Sandoval, Bochy


Urban: All-Star justice for Sandoval, Bochy

JULY 7, 2011


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Mychael Urban

First, let us laud Michael Sandoval's intrepid reporting. He has absolutely no formal journalistic training, but clearly the man knows how to cultivate, work and harvest intimate relationships with strong sources. His scoop, delivered as most are the days, via Twitter, was a thing of beauty.Now let's get to the news: Pablo Sandoval is an All-Star. What does it mean? Very little that we didn't already know. It simply confirms that pretty much everything continues to break right for Bruce Bochy in the baseball world, and that if you give the game enough time, things usually work themselves out to everyone's general satisfaction.As the GiantsNational League All-Star manager, Bochy really wanted Sandoval to be on the team, but the injury that cost Sandoval a month made it a hair too sketchy for the Skipper to name him last Sunday. Not that Bochy is afraid of a little backlash, but that would have been inviting too much.But look at what's happened in seven short days.
Guys started dropping out of the Midsummer Classic with minor injuries as if playing in it is a hassle instead of an honor. Can't go, man. Slept on my pinkie wrong.Or maybe these guys just didn't want to wilt in the stifling heat of Phoenix, where temperatures have been as high as 119 recently. Sure, the game will be played with the Chase Field roof closed, but you have to step outside at some point, and I think we all know that A-Rod needs everything just so to be as his very best for Cameron.Meanwhile, Sandoval's hitting streak gained steam to the point that it's almost expected for him to bang something off the nearest wall every time he steps into the box.
He's very much playing like an All-Star, he was snubbed a couple of years ago, and he's a great personality for MLB to showcase: an over-sized kid with a cute nickname who swings the bat like a beast.So boom. No backlash for Bochy, delayed justice for Sandoval and everyone's happy. Except A-Rod. Don't think for a second that Saturday's Derek Jeter Show didn't hack him off to no end.

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.