Giants' Posey: 'Highly likely' season is over

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Giants' Posey: 'Highly likely' season is over

May 27, 2011
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Buster Posey announced that it is "highly likely" he will miss the remainder of the 2011 season on a conference call with reporters Friday."I think we'll know more once we do some surgery," Posey said. "I think it's highly likely I probably won't be back (this season), from what I'm hearing."Notably on the conference call, Posey made it clear he is still committed to playing catcher when he does return.
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He also offered a plea for MLB and the players' union to look at ways to better protect catchers during plays at the plate.Posey and the Giants are still gathering information on the injury, and it has not been decided whether or not surgery will be performed.
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Uh-oh: Is Kyle Shanahan going to be Harbaugh-tastic in his timing?

Uh-oh: Is Kyle Shanahan going to be Harbaugh-tastic in his timing?

Until now, Kyle Shanahan’s hiring by the San Fracisco 49ers looked great because of his two-and-a-half predecessors – the last days of Jim Harbaugh, the misplaced concept of Jim Tomsula and the couldn’t-make-chicken-marsala-out-of-old-Kleenex problems surrounding Chip Kelly.

But now, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has told us all that Shanahan has a gift we in the Bay Area know all too well. Specifically, that Shanahan took too long to call plays to the Super Bowl the Falcons vomited up to the New England Patriots.

Now who does that remind you of, over and over again?

Yes, some things are evergreen, and too many options in this overly technological age seems to be one of them. Data in is helpful, but command going out is what bells the cow. Ryan said Shanahan was, well, almost Harbaugh-tastic in his timing.

“Kyle’s play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in,” Ryan told Bleacher Report. “As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you’re talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, ‘There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.’ You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

“With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You’re not being aggressive not running it there.”

And the reason this matters is because the Atlanta Shanahan had multiple good options on every play. In San Francsco, at least in the short term, he’ll be dealing with minimal options. That could speed up his choices, as in “What the hell, we don’t have Julio Jones.” But it could also mean more delays, as in, “Okay, him . . . no, maybe not . . . no, he just screwed up that play last series . . . oh, damn it, time out!”

In short, it’s growing pains season here, children. On the field, on the sidelines, and maybe even in Kyle Shanahan’s head.

Adam Silver's view: If invited, Warriors should go to the White House

Adam Silver's view: If invited, Warriors should go to the White House

The Golden State Warriors are the reigning NBA champions.

As a result, one would assume they will be invited to the White House for a celebration with Donald Trump.

Just before last month's NBA Draft, Blazers guard C.J. McCollum sat down with Adam Silver and asked the Commissioner about a potential Warriors visit to our nation's capital.

"I definitely don't think it should be a league decision," Silver said in a video posted to The Players' Tribune. "I don't think we should be directing teams or players to go to the White House.

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"It's my view that if invited, our teams should go to the White House. Regardless of people's personal political views, I think that these instiutions are bigger than any individual politician; any individual elected official.

"And it concerns me that something like going to the White House after winning a championship -- something that's been a great tradition -- would become one that is partisan."

From a Monte Poole article on June 13:

"Steve Kerr made up his mind seven months ago, within hours, if not minutes, of Donald Trump being elected president. And some of his Warriors players were not far behind. Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com last November that if the Warriors were to win the NBA Finals, he would not accept an invitation to visit the White House.

"Those were Kerr’s feelings then, but he felt it would be presumptuous to express them publicly during the middle of a season. Now that the Warriors have the championship, taking out the Cavaliers in five games, don’t expect that to change."

But perhaps Kerr has changed his mind?

In a podcast with Tim Kawakami in late June, Kerr was singing a different tune:

"The biggest thing for me is it’s about the players. This is a visit that’s about the team. We have not met about it because we haven’t been invited.

"But I would want to make sure the players gave this really a lot of thought. Everybody knows I’ve been a very outspoken critic of Trump’s and as a result maybe we won’t get the invitation.

"I do think it is very important to consider a potential invitation because I think it could have really positive ramifications if we did go. And it’s a different way to look at it. I, like many of our players, am very offended by some of Trump’s words and actions.

"On the other hand, I do think there’s something to respecting the office, respecting our institutions, our government. And I think it can make a statement in a time where there is so much divide and everybody seems to be angry with each other."

Silver agrees with Kerr's view.

"I will say -- even though I think teams should make decisions as organizations, that I would also respect an individual player's decision not to go."

After winning the title in 2015, the Warriors accepted Barack Obama's invitation and visited the White House on Feb. 4, 2016.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller