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49ers' Mike McGlinchey not finished learning from retired Joe Staley

49ers' Mike McGlinchey not finished learning from retired Joe Staley

Mike McGlinchey, the 49ers' 2018 first-round draft pick, got an immediate opportunity to learn from one of the NFL’s best offensive tackles in Joe Staley. Now that the franchise icon has hung up his cleats after 13 seasons in San Francisco, McGlinchey hopes he still can learn from Staley.

"Hopefully, [Staley] will be up [from his home in San Diego] helping us out with the Niners as much as possible," McGlinchey told ESPN's Jordan Schultz on Instagram Live (h/t 49ersWebZone). "I'm still definitely going to lean on him and send him things that I'm thinking about. He still does want to be involved with football, but it's to the point where your body's not letting you play anymore.”

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Staley broke down the extent of his injury issues earlier this offseason, including a “deteriorating” neck condition that doctors told him would require surgery were he to continue playing in the NFL.

The longtime left tackle is one of the most revered 49ers players of the 21st century, and McGlinchey knows there is plenty left to be learned from the six-time Pro Bowl selection.

"He's still a great football mind, the way that he prepared his whole career," McGlinchey said. "I mean, he separated himself because of that kind of stuff, and so he's got countless lessons that you can learn from forever.

"He has become one of my best friends, and rarely is our conversation just about football," McGlinchey added.

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Trent Williams, acquired from Washington last month to try to fill that hole at left tackle, is another multiple Pro Bowl player who can help guide McGlinchey. That said, don’t expect Staley to just fade into the shadows and not be involved with the organization in some capacity in the coming years.

49ers, Levi's Stadium could lose $208 million if NFL plays without fans

49ers, Levi's Stadium could lose $208 million if NFL plays without fans

Although California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday that sports could return to the state in early June, he maintained that will have to be without fans in the seats.

Forbes estimated what NFL teams could lose in stadium revenue if the entire season is played without fans, and the 49ers could lose the sixth-most income, a staggering $208 million. All estimates were based on 2018 league revenues.

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42 percent of a team's normal earnings is a sizable chunk, but for comparison, the Dallas Cowboys could be losing $621 million, or 65 percent of that 2018 mark.

The top five ahead of the 49ers shakes out like this: Dallas, the New England Patriots, New York Giants, Houston Texans and New York Jets.

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The NFL as a whole could lose $5.5 billion in stadium revenue, which likely would have serious ramifications on the salary cap and free agency.

Both the players and owners would feel the hit, as the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in March yields the NFLPA 47 percent of football-related income for 2020, and 48 percent for 2021.

NFL teams have begun reopening facilities, although the 49ers are not among them.

Unfortunately, there’s likely little chance of California having spectators at professional sporting events in 2020 given the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Even as light is appearing at the end of the tunnel, the financial consequences could be severe for leagues across the country.

Toni Kukoc believes Kevin Durant is NBA's best player, not LeBron James

Toni Kukoc believes Kevin Durant is NBA's best player, not LeBron James

For two years, Kevin Durant and LeBron James stood atop the NBA as the league’s two best players, facing off in both the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals. 

Although KD’s Warriors ran through the Cleveland Cavaliers in both series, LeBron’s miraculous performance in 2016 and overall track record still has many fans anointing him as the league’s best player. But former Chicago Bulls star Toni Kukoc is one of the few arguing for Durant’s status as the NBA’s top talent.

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“Plenty of times LeBron is mistaken as a point guard,” Kukoc wrote in a Reddit AMA on Saturday. “Which is awesome. Kevin Durant, to me in my personal opinion, is the best player in the NBA. He can easily bring the ball up the floor. That’s a style that the triangle offense allowed that any one of us could run the point or be a post person or fill the corners. It’s not requirement to have a point guard, you can have skill players with 3 or 4 guys on the same team playing multiple positions.”

Kukoc’s game definitely is more closely mirrored by Durant, who had a similarly lanky build.

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KD’s offensive game might be the closest thing to limitless the league has ever seen, but the way LeBron James essentially owned one of the league’s two conferences for nearly a decade is something that only has been replicated by dynasties led by Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

Plus, only time will tell whether KD fully can ascend back to that elite level from tearing his Achilles during the 2019 NBA Finals.