Attles Weighs in on the Warriors

Attles Weighs in on the Warriors


Alvin Attles is finishing his 50th seasonwith the Warriors organization, and theres no other person alive whos beenwith an NBA organization longer.He was a Warrior back in 1962 when the team moved fromPhiladelphia to San Francisco; he coached the Warriors to their only West Coasttitle in 1975; and he was in the gymnasium on Dec. 1, 1997, when LatrellSprewell choked P.J. Carlesimo.Attles has seen firsthand much of the Warriors history,and yet always has been deliberate and reserved about what he has to say aboutit. So when Attles weighs in on the Warriors, it's a little like the old E.F. Hutton commercial.On Thursday night, Attles was a guest on Comcast SportsNet Bay Areas Chronicle Live show, when he was asked a question by host GregPapa about Warriors owner Chris Cohan putting the team up for sale.Papas question followed comments by former Warrior RickBarry, who talked of a loyal fan base that deserved better.Said Attles: You cant speak for someone who wants tosell the team, thats his business. He has to make the decision. But there aresome things that are happening that really he had no control over. People left,but as Rick said maybe a change is whats necessary obviously it must bebecause hes looking to sell the team.(Former Warriors owner) Franklin Meuli told me somethingyears ago. He said an owner is only a caretaker. He only takes it for a periodof time, then someone else takes it so Im sure thats what the thinking isnow.Cohan announced on March 22 that he had hired GalatiotoSports Partners to help him sell the team. Cohan purchased 75 percent of theWarriors in October 1994 from Jim Fitzgerald and Bob Finnane, which made Cohanthe sole owner of the team.
-- Matt Steinmetz

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.

A very bad helmet toss.

As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.

Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the #McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.

Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.

Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.

"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.