The Warriors have questions to answer.
The Warriors have lost back-to-back games following Kevin Durant going down with a sprained MCL. The Warriors were running with German efficiency before KD went down, but now must face the stretch run of the season with a thin bench and no bigs. Jason thinks there’s trouble in Oakland, and believes the Warriors title hopes are on life support. In his opinion, if their poor play continues, it will only be a matter of time before Draymond Green detonates the locker room.
Chris thinks it’s too early to bury the Warriors, despite the loss of Durant. He still sees them coming out of the West, and pointed out they still have three All-Stars still in the fold. He looks for the Dubs to regroup after a long road trip and be in good shape for the playoffs.
Is Colin Kaepernick abandoning his principles by announcing he’ll stand for the anthem?
Colin Kaepernick has announced that he’ll stand for the national anthem this coming season. It’s clear that Kaepernick’s announcement is aimed at teams that could potentially have interest in his services. Critics say foregoing his public social stance in the interest of staying employed shows he was never really that committed to begin with.
Chris disagrees, and believes that the attention Kaepernick drew to social justice issues was impactful and important. He doesn’t think Kaep is abandoning his convictions because he wants to keep playing in the NFL.
Jason thinks Kaepernick already missed his biggest opportunity to become a historic figure for social change when he didn’t walk away from the NFL last year to focus on it. At this point, it doesn’t matter because the moment has passed.
Derrick Rose doesn’t want to run the Triangle.
Phil Jackson wants the Knicks to completely commit to running the Triangle, and Derrick Rose has already publicly voiced his displeasure with the move. Chris thinks the only way the complete shift to the Triangle can possibly work is if Phil Jackson coaches it, and that’s not happening.
Jason isn’t surprised Rose, or any other ball-centric point guard is turned off by the idea of running the Triangle. He pointed out that it has historically been a place where point guards become persona non-grata. Either way, the Knicks are a disaster, and this latest dysfunction over the direction of the offense with 20 games to go is just more evidence.
Phil Jackson’s rings are losing their luster by the minute in New York.
Marcus Thompson – Warriors beat writer for Bay Area News Group and author of Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry joins the show to discuss reports of locker room dissension in the Bay Area; why Draymond Green is still a team leader for the Warriors despite public speculation; and If the Golden State would have been better off re-signing last year’s team instead of signing Durant.
Alex Marvez – Fox NFL Insider reports from the NFL combine to discuss the league buzz around Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon; if Leonard Fournette is hurting his stock by tipping the scales; if there’s a market for Kaepernick; and potential landing spots for Brandon Marshall following his release from the Jets.