Warriors fans have endured so much. I understand their excitement and impatience to take the huge Howard leap, figuring that Jackson’s immense people skills as a coach could make it all work. But has anyone considered that if Jackson has to spend extra time coddling Howard, then the coach will have less time to work on all the other stuff that made the Warriors so effective last season?
Golden State can build itself into a true title contender by 2015 or 2016 with the correct decision-making. Visiting a conceivable Nightmare on Dwight Street would not be one of those correct decisions.
- Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
As the Giants are learning, the search for rock bottom can be elusive. Homer Bailey’s no-hitter was not their final indignity Tuesday night. As they were licking their wounds, they fell into last place in the National League West when the Dodgers won.
The Giants’ quest to find the floor of despair must continue after they lost again Wednesday night, a 3-2, 11-inning defeat that in some ways was more irritating than the no-hitter because they worked so many innings and wasted so many opportunities.
- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
Yes, the Raiders have issues — and it might get uglier before the dark clouds clear — but general manager Reggie McKenzie is a major plus. He has accepted one of the roughest assignments in pro football. For all of the innovative wonder we saw from Al Davis over the decades, he left this team an antiquated mess, and McKenzie’s reconstruction project touches every level of the franchise. No matter the record this season, McKenzie would be wise to stick with Dennis Allen and stay the course. There’s plenty of pressure on Allen to improve on last year’s troubling 4-12 campaign, but let’s get real: three or fewer wins is a possibility.
- Marc Sessler, NFL.com
From all of us at Golden Gate Sports: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!