Urban: Cain 'deserves' to light up Giants

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Urban: Cain 'deserves' to light up Giants

Sept. 7, 2011

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Matt Cain made his 200th career start Wednesday, and it ended like far too many before it.He was great. He lost.RECAP: Cain's strong start wasted in Giants' 3-1 loss
As usual, he said all the right things afterward. He always does. But if you pinned the poor guy down and riddled him with some sort of truth serum, here's what you'd be likely to hear:Look, guys, I'm tired of taking the fall on these in the name of being a good teammate. I've got my Willie Mac Award. Now I want wins. So the next time I tell you my latest seven-inning, three-hit loss should have been an eight-inning, one-hit victory -- if only I'd made better pitches here and there -- go ahead and slap me in the side of the neck and call me a dragon.Why a dragon? I have no idea. Maybe because I feel like breathing fire right now. My career record is four games under .500, and my career ERA is under 3.40. I know baseball isn't supposed to be fair, but I also know that what goes around usually comes around in this game.Tell me. Please. When is what's gone around going to come around? I'm sick -- violently ill, in fact -- of waiting.Wouldn't it be nice to hear him finally let loose like that in public? In front of the microphones and notebooks that crowd him after each disheartening loss? Who knows? It might be cathartic in a sense. It sure couldn't hurt.Bruce Bochy, in a radio interview last week, said fans would be surprised to hear some of the things Cain says in the dugout when his latest effort is going wasted. Said Tim Lincecum lets loose, too. They go off, said the skip. They rant and rip.Good for them. Their teammates deserve it.Cain certainly doesn't deserve what he's gotten in Orange and Black, and Wednesday was merely the latest, galling example.

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.