THE BOTTOM LINE
BOB'S MEDICAL UPDATE
First of all, I am on the road to recovery after some not so pleasant days. I was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia (not good for talk show hosts) and hypokalemia, which a low level of potassium in my blood. To answer the question of many, there is no timetable for my return (I sound like a coach or athlete lying to the media), but, seriously, there is no timetable right now. To repeat from last week, I have been overwhelmed with the emails of concern, which have accelarated in recent days. I have promised not to overdo my computer time for the next few days, but, I will provide some occasional words of wisdom.
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014
*WARRIORS 113, SUNS 107: if the playoffs began today, the Suns would be on the outside looking in. The Suns dropped into an eighth place tie with Grizzlies, but the Grizzlies already have won the season series, the first tie-breaker ... on Sunday night, the Suns left their game in the locker room at halftme. The Suns led 61-56 at intermission, and still led 73-69, before the Warriors bombed them with 16-0 and 21-2 runs to take a 94-77 lead heading into the final quarter. The Suns did come within four points in the final minute ... the Suns are now 17-15 without Eric Bledsoe, who remains out following arthroscopic knee surgery. He may play on Monday night against the Clippers.
*SUN DEVILS, WILDCATS GET FIRST ROUND BYES: Arizona State, thanks to Cal's last-second win over Colorado, is the three seed in the Pac 12 Tournament. ASU will play on Thurdsday at 8:30 p.m. against Wednesday night's Stanford-Washington State winner. The UA, top seeded, will play on Thursday at noon against Wednesday's Washington-Utah winner.
*MENDENHALL TO RETIRE: Rashard Mendenhall has opted to reitre at the age of 26, according to various reports.
*CARDINALS, COLLEDGE TO PART WAYS: Daryn Colledge tweeted on Saturday night that the Cardinals will release him on Tuesday, the first day of free agent.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014
*OREGON 64, UA 57: the UA was destroyed from behind the arc, and, for one of the few times this season, was outhustled ... the UA led 50-45 until Oregon went on a 14-1 run to take control ... Oregon had a 30-6 edge in three point field goals (Oregon made 10 of 19 while the UA just two of 11) ... Oregon has won seven straight to end the regular seson.
*OREGON STATE 78, ASU 76 (OVERTIME): ASU blew a chance to avoid playing on the first night of the Pac 12 Conference tournament by falling for a seventh time in nine Pac 12 road games ... ASU had won its previous three overtime games this season ... Jahii Carson finished with 24 points, but Jordan Bachynski and Jermaine Marshall failed to show at the offensive end. Bachynski finished with nine points on just six shots while Marshall finished with two points on one of 12 from the field, the one make sending the game into ovvertime ... ASU continued its season-long problem of rebounding. Oregon State finished with 21 offensive rebounds while ASU had just 20 defensive rebounds.
*PAC 12 ROUNDUP: UCLA dropped to 0-4 in the second half of Pac 12 road trips, shocked late Saturday night 73-58 at Washington State. UCLA entered the game shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc - UCLA, on Saturday, shot 33 percent from the field and 22 percent from behind the arc. The Bruins previous season low for points was 63 ... California missed its last 10 field goal attempts but still managed to beat Colorado 66-65 in overtime. The Buffaloes are 7-7 since Spencer Dinwiddie was injured at Washington ... Stanford, fighting for its NCAA Tournament survival, held on for a 61-60 win as Utah continued its season long stretch of stupidity at the end of close games ....Washington beat USC 82-75 senior C.J. Wilcox scoring 24 points in his final home game.
*PAC 12 GRAPEVINE: the UA today received a verbal committment from seven foot Serbian recruit Dusan Ristic, who is projected to be a first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft ... UCLA, not surprisingly, will lose Kyle Anderson to the NBA Draft. What is surprising is mounting speculation that Jordan Adams will also leave early. Anderson is a lottery pick. Adams is far from a lottery pick.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014
HEADLINES ACROSS AMERICA*
*JACKSON SAYS NO TO THE KNICKS: Phil Jackson is not interested in coaching the Knicks, who, reportedly, recently inquired. Apparently, it is breaking news that the smartest man in sports doesn't want to coach the Knicks. This non-story is another example of Stephan A. Smith needing to see himself on television. By the way, for the real story on Phil Jackson, check out Sam Amick's recent Q&A with the Zen Master at nba.usatodaycom.
*CARDINALS SIGN CARLSON: the Cardinals today signed tight end John Carlson, released this week by the Vikings. Carlson joins Rob Houlser as the only veteran tight ends on the roster. This signing also ends speculation the Cardinals would be interested in local product and ASU alum Zach Miller, who is expected to be released before Tuesday by the Seahawks.
*SUNS LEFTOVER: the Suns comeback last night over the Thunder was the fourth time this season they have rallied from down at least 16 points to win at home.
*"IF CUT BY COWBOYS, STAR PASS RUSHER CAN CHASE RING:" this USA Today headline says what most believe - DeMarcus Ware can not legitimally chase a ring if he remains with the Cowboys.
*ROSTER MOVES: the Seahawks management team of Pete Carroll and John Schneider have made 1,105 transactions since joining forces in 2010, so reports the Wall Sreet Journal.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
*SUNS 128, THUNDER 122: the Suns ended a streak of 11 straight losses to the Thunder ... the Suns scored 40 points in the third quarter to go from down 96-80 to ahead 101-98 heading in the final quarter. The Thunder took a 118-116 lead, but the Suns, led by Goran Dragic, scored eight of the next 10 points to regain control ... Gerald Green finished with a career high 41 points on a variety of three-point field goals and spectacular dunks. Green scored 25 points in the third quarter ... the Suns benefitted tremendous from Russell Westbrook launching bad shots, in essence freezing out Kevin Durant.
*UCLA 91, WASHINGTON 82: Jordan Adams scored a career-high 31 points on 11 of 15 from the field in another non-defensive Pac 12 game ... both teams shot above 50 percent - UCLA 54.2% and Washington, in the loss, 55.4% ... the game was the ESPN-Pac 12 finale this season for Dave Pasch and Bill Walton - "what a long, strange trip it's been."
*DBACKS TO FACE KERSHAW-RYU: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly all but officially announced today that Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start in Australia. Earlier this week, Kirk Gibson declared the Dbacks starters will be Patrick Corbin and Trevor Cahill, who has pitched well the last two seasons against the Dodgers.
*BLEDSOE TAKING IT SLOW: Eric Bledsoe certainly has not rushed it back following arthroscopic surgery. Is that because the Suns have told him to take it easy, or because the player, a free agent to be in the off-season, has opted to make sure he is ready to go?
*DANSBY HIGHLY RANKED: Karlos Dansby can become an unrestricted free agent next Tuesday at 8 a.m. Dansby is ranked the top free agent inside linebacker by Sports Illustrated and was ranked as the number three overall free agent in a Thursday USA Today Story. The Cardinals must re-sign Dansby, who was the team's best player in 2013.
*LOTT FIRED: The Cardinals firing of long-time strength and conditioning coach John Lott was not surprising. However, Lott is highly thought by several veteran players, which might be of some concern moving forward. Larry Fitzgerald is a big fan of Lott.
*ASU ON THE ROAD: ASU's road issues (now 2-6 on the Pac 12 road with one win over USC) are not surprising. The Sun Devils are a bad rebounding team and far too reliant on perimeter shooting.
*SAD: Oregon basketball coach Dana Altman "walked around campus on Monday and Tuesday pleading with students to show up" for the Ducks game against ASU.
*A MISTAKE: Tucson Rincon High School has named former NFL star Andre Rison as its head football coach. Incredibly, the administration hired someone who pleaded guilty in April 2012 after failing to pay more than $300,000 in child support, a felony. RIson is on five-years probation (we credit Scott Bordow, Arizona Republic columnist, for the criminal information).
OUT OF HIS MIND: Mike Woodson still thinks he's "the guy for the job" as Knicks head coach.