Bay Area Buzz 7/2: Dwight Worth the Risk, Giants Revert to Form, Raiders Regret Not Drafting Barkley?

Mar 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after the Sacramento Kings made a basket in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers defeated the Kings 103-98. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors’ Dwight Howard Chase Worth the Risk

Howard is not the most skilled center in the league, but he may be the best.

Moreover, his name is worthy of the marquee. Howard, a seven-time All-Star with a high global recognition, immediately raises the franchise profile.

And everything we’ve seen and learned of Lacob tells us his No. 1 priority is to build a brand.

If Howard wishes to leave Los Angeles and the Warriors and Lakers could strike a workable sign-and-trade deal — Bogut, Barnes or Thompson, and the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins are among rumored parts — Golden State could unveil some very impressive billboards.

- Monte Poole, San Jose Mercury News

Giants Revert to Form in Soggy Loss to Reds

Manager Bruce Bochy carried some great memories of last year’s Division Series into Great American Ball Park on Monday: Buster Posey’s grand slam off Mat Latos, Sergio Romo striking out Jay Bruce, “Affeldt getting hit with a ball and falling down the dugout steps.”

October’s triumph and laughter seem a world and a half away now. Nine losses in 11 games will do that to a team.

Monday night’s defeat was no contest, settled long before the umpires called it after six innings and a 1-hour, 28-minute rain delay. The Reds won 8-1 in their first crack at the Giants since San Francisco knocked then out of the 2012 postseason.

- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland Raiders Regret Not Drafting Matt Barkley? 

Flynn certainly has the potential to turn out to be a solid franchise quarterback, but he still has plenty to prove before that ever happens. With all of the uncertainty surrounding Flynn and Wilson, it’s understandable why Oakland would regret not jumping on Barkley earlier in the draft considering he has more potential as a franchise quarterback.

Obviously, it’s too early to tell before determining who will end up being the better quarterback, but it will be interesting to see if the Raiders do in fact regret missing out on Barkley.

- Dan Parzych, Rant Sports

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants

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