May 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) celebrates at the end of the game against the Denver Nuggets, winning game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 92-88 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 10/24: Warriors the New Showtime, More on Lincecum's Deal, Nieto Right At Home

Warriors the New Showtime?

Are the Golden State Warriors worthy of the moniker “The New Showtime”?

Sports Illustrated’s NBA season preview features four different covers, one of which features Warriors guard Stephen Curry, that “Showtime” headline and the subheadline “Steph Curry and Golden State are more than entertainers — they’re true contenders.”

The Warriors may have a shot to win the West, but should they be compared to the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s?

– Eric Pincus, Los Angeles Times

 More on Lincecum’s Deal

Those issues aside, Lincecum increasingly sounded more open to staying in San Francisco and said his bond with the fans would impact his decision. His determination to stay seemed to rise with his performance.

Although Lincecum’s final 2013 numbers were not great – a 4.37 ERA and 1.315 WHIP – they marked a significant improvement over 2012. He also struck out 193 in 197 2/3 innings in 2013, threw a no-hitter in San Diego and finally looked comfortable pitching with decreased velocity.

Lincecum’s ERA was inflated some by a bullpen that allowed 13 of his 20 inherited runners to score, or 65 percent. The league average was 28 percent.

Lincecum also made a commitment to study hitters before games, which catcher Buster Posey implored him to do. Even Lincecum’s strained relationship with Posey improved, with both going out of their way to compliment the other.

– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Sharks’ Nieto Right At Home

A year ago, Matt Nieto was playing left wing for Boston University. Tuesday, he was back on campus as a rookie who has been skating a regular third-line shift with the Sharks.

San Jose uses Agganis Arena, the BU home rink, for its practices when here to face the Boston Bruins. San Jose uses the visitors quarters here, but after his 45-minute skate, Nieto headed to the home bench where some of his college teammates and coaches were waiting.

– David Pollak, San Jose Mercury News

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