Through 76 games this year, the Giants hardly resemble that team that paraded down Market Street on Halloween. A 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the Giants to 38-38. This is the first time since 2008 that they do not have a winning record at this point of the season.
The Giants will have to turn the tide without Pagan, their sparkplug at the top of the lineup. Pagan had not played since May 25 and received a cortisone injection and platelet-rich plasma injection in a bid to return to the field. He neared a return last week and went on a rehab assignment with the San Jose Giants, but while running out a ground ball, Pagan felt a pop behind his knee and crumpled to the ground before being carted off.
– Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News
Signing F Corey Maggette to a 5-year, $50M free-agent deal in July 2008.
Has there ever been a more meaningless/expensive stat-accumulator in NBA history?
Yep, it figures that Maggette, 28 when he signed, would serve some time with the Warriors in their dimmest–and most meaningless–era.
After losing Baron Davis to free agency, then swinging and missing wildly on Arenas (when he was about to re-sign with Washington) and Elton Brand (when he was about to sign with Philadelphia), Rowell instructed Mullin to sign anybody with a sell-able name… and that turned out to be a huge mistake.
– Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News
McDonald has all the tools to be an excellent blocker and a very productive pass-catcher. He’s not all that raw, he’s smart and I’d say he’s got the chops to take significant snaps in week one, though he’ll likely have to show his stuff in the preseason, first.
In my opinion, McDonald will see a good amount of snaps. I’d expect him to exceed the 589 snaps that Walker was in on. It’s been awhile since a 49ers rookie has seen that much action, but I think McDonald could even hit 700 or 750.
– James Brady, Niners Nation