Giants' Zito 'frustrated' by unnamed sources

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Giants' Zito 'frustrated' by unnamed sources

March 2, 2010
URBAN ARCHIVEGIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The executives at Showtime are surely pleased with Barry Zito.The Giants, according to a column in Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle that cites only unnamed sources, are not. So, two days after drawing the ire of manager Bruce Bochy by walking five of the 13 batters he faced in his Cactus Legue debut, Zito spent a good portion of his afternoon trying to sort through the latest in a long line of unsavory episodes since he signed his massive free-agent contract with the Giants before the 2007 season."Crazy," is how Zito described it to CSNBayArea.com.
The column essentially claims that Zito has fallen completely out of favor within the organization, not only in danger of losing his spot in the starting rotation, but also in danger of losing his job. The Giants are so "exasperated" with Zito, the column asserts, that they might release him and eat the 64.5 million he's owed for the remainder of his contract. Oh, and they're said to be hacked off because he reported to camp out of shape.It's reality-TV gold, a nasty little melodrama certain to be part of Showtime's premier episode in the series that follows the world champions on their quest to defend the crown.But how much of it is reality?Nobody's quite sure. Zito, who was called into Bochy's office for a closed-door meeting upon his arrival at Scottsdale Stadium on Wednesday, certainly isn't."Obviously it was a shock," Zito told CSNBayArea.com of seeing the column. "I'd love to know who these sources are, but I know enough about the media to know that we'll probably never know who they are. It's a little frustrating, because I pride myself on being accountable. I have a bad game? I'll wear it. I deserve to. No excuses. Left off the playoff roster? I wore it. Kept working, didn't complain, was a good teammate. I had nobody to blame but myself. I'm not going to hide from anything I do, good or bad. Unfortunately, not everyone's as big on accountability as other people."So all I can go on is what people tell me face-to-face, and everybody I've spoken to with the Giants seems as surprised by all of this stuff as I am."Bochy told Zito that he'd never heard anyone bring up the possibility of releasing him, and before the Giants' night game against the Diamondbacks, Bochy shot down any suggestion that the team is concerned with Zito's physical condition."Not at all, not at all," Bochy said. "The guy's never missed a start in his career because of injury. We know how hard Barry works. That's not a question in my mind."Zito told CSNBayArea.com that the contention that he's out of shape was the most troubling aspect of the report. The rest, he said, is "out of my control.""All I can control is how I pitch, and I didn't pitch well the other day," Zito said that. "But it's what? March 2? I've been in the big leagues a long time now. I know what adjustments I need to make, how to get ready to make my 30, 32 starts during the regular season, and that's where my attention need to be. My spot in the rotation, all the other stuff, I told Boch, 'That's your call. I can't control those decisions. He basically told me he had no idea where this whole thing came from."Nobody does except these unnamed sources, I guess."

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND – As the Warriors on Monday night celebrated their 200th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, All-Star guard Klay Thompson gave 19,596 fans an evening they’ll never forget.

Thompson scored 60 points, a career-high for him and the most any player has scored in the NBA this season, to carry the Warriors to a 142-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Thompson scored 17 points in the opening period, 23 in the second – for 40, representing a career-high for points in a half – and closed out his night with 20 in the third quarter.

So hot was Thompson that only no other teammate exceeded 20 points. Kevin Durant totaled 20, Stephen Curry had 13 and Ian Clark finished with 11.

Curry posted a season-high 11 assists, and Draymond Green recorded 10 as the Warriors were credited with 45 helpers overall.

With a 116-83 lead after three quarters, Warriors coach Steve Kerr went to his reserves for the entire fourth quarter.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Thompson, who took possession in the first half and locked it up in third quarter.

Thompson’s line: 60 points (21-of-33 from the field, 8-of-14 from deep, 10-of-11 from the free throw line). He played 29 minutes and finished plus-37 for the night.

TURNING POINT:
When a Monta Ellis layup pulled the Pacers within seven (46-39) with 8:14 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 24-3 run to go up 70-42 with 2:34 remaining in the half.

They went into intermission with an 80-50 lead, and Indiana got no closer than xx for the rest of the game.

The Warriors trailed for all of 12 seconds (in the first five minutes) in the game.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

Pacers: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

ROSTER NOTE:
Rookie C Damian Jones is on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors travel to Los Angeles, where on Wednesday night they face the Clippers at Staples Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.

Klay fourth player in Warriors history to score 60 in game

Klay fourth player in Warriors history to score 60 in game

OAKLAND – Warriors guard Klay Thompson needed only three quarters to fire in 60 points Monday night against, achieving not only a career-high but also the highest-scoring performance in the NBA this season.

Thompson’s effort eclipsed the previous season-high of 51 by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who needed overtime on Oct. 28 to reach that total.

Thompson joined Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and Joe Fulks as the only Warriors every to reach the 60-point level in a single game.

Thompson managed the feat in only 29 minutes, during which he was 21-of-33 from the field, including 8-of-14 from 3-point distance. He was 10-of-11 from the line.

Scoring 17 points in the first quarter, 23 in the second and 20 in the third, Thompson became the first Warrior to reach 60 since Rick Barry on March 26, 1974 against Portland.

During the past 20 years only former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, with 62, scored more points in three quarters.