Gutierrez: A's Crisp was safe, Melvin shows fire

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Gutierrez: A's Crisp was safe, Melvin shows fire

June 12, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comA few notes and observations from the A's 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday...- Coco Crisp was safe. Yup, the CSN California feed of the game showed a shot from center field that had Crisp dragging his foot across first base a split-second before Brent Morel's throw from third base arrived into Mark Teahen's glove. First-base umpire Brian O'Nara had relatively the same view. So why did he delay the call? Keep in mind, Crisp being called safe would have only loaded the bases for Cliff Pennington with two out in the ninth.RELATED: A's Insider gallery -- Error costs A's again

- Good to see some fire from Bob Melvin. The A's interim manager jumped O'Nara when he made the ill-fated call. And if you can read lips, you know he wasn't exactly inviting out for tea and crumpets. Players have to know their skipper has their back, and four games into his tenure, Melvin showed them exactly that with his going after O'Nara. Even if everyone knew it was all for nothing.- First, the lack of offense hurt the A's. Then, their starting pitching began to falter. Sunday, it was the defense. Scott Sizemore's throwing error in the seventh inning, when he tried to make a spectacular, inning-ending double play but instead threw the ball into right field, was Oakland's American League-leading 50th error of the season. Which leads to...- Absolutely digging the A's taking infield practice before the game. If not to merely get a feel for the field, but to get a feel for each other. The A's have so many new faces of late, it can only help. And yes, former manager Bob Geren was a proponent of infield practice. He just didn't employ it all that much.- And this from A's historian David Feldman: Oakland going 1-9 in Boston, Baltimore and Chicago equals its worst-ever 10-game roadie, which the A's did in 1981 and 2008. Plus, in dropping 12 of their last 13, the A's are on their worst stretch since going 1-14 in 2008.

Report: Vivek Ranadive thinks Buddy Hield has Steph Curry potential

Report: Vivek Ranadive thinks Buddy Hield has Steph Curry potential

Programming note: Watch Vlade Divac's press conference today at 12:30pm streaming live right here.

On Sunday night, the Kings agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans.

As part of the deal, New Orleans is sending Buddy Hield to Sacramento.

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive believes Hield has Steph Curry potential, according to ESPN's Baxter Holmes.

Ranadive's feelings about Hield were reportedly a key driver in Sacramento's decision to hammer out a trade with New Orleans.

The Kings entered the 2016 draft with the eighth overall pick. They tried to trade up to take Hield, but the Pelicans selected the shooting guard sixth overall.

Hield is averaging 8.6 points and 1.4 assists per game this season, while shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from 3-point territory.

Steph Curry is the reigning two-time MVP and last year he became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.

Isaiah Thomas' reaction to DeMarcus Cousins trade includes an 'LOL'

Isaiah Thomas' reaction to DeMarcus Cousins trade includes an 'LOL'

Programming note: Watch Vlade Divac's press conference today at 12:30pm streaming live right here.

Although the deal is not yet official, the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans on Sunday night.

On Monday morning, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas reacted to the news:

Sacramento is sending Cousins and Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a first and second-round pick in the 2017 draft.

[RELATED: Report: Kings expected to waive Matt Barnes]

The Kings selected Thomas with the 60th pick in the 2011 draft.

In 2013-14, he averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game.

In July 2014, Sacramento traded Thomas to Phoenix for Alex Oriakhi and a trade exception.

The Suns shipped Thomas to Boston in February 2015.

This season, the 28-year old is averaging 29.9 points and 6.3 assists per contest.