That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary
Unlike Major League Baseball which the All-Star game in the last seven years means something if the American League or the National League wins the game, the winning league gets to host the World Series. It’s always great to open the World Series at home which is an advantage. MLB is very smart for doing that format because it means something. In the NBA which just completed their All-Star game last Sunday it doesn’t mean anything.
A high scoring game is what the fans want and everybody likes defense too, the average fan about 90 percent maybe more loves the 20 footers, the blocks by LeBron and they got what they wanted a big scoring game which was won by the East 163-155. In the NBA this was only an exhibition and it was good for the game.
The Warriors Stephen Curry had a double double in the game and Curry is a solid star and one of the best players in the league. If Curry was playing in New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago he would get more publicity. We all know who he is in the Bay Area but he’s not well known across the country. When people across the country are asked whose among the ten best players in the NBA his name doesn’t come up but that doesn’t mean he’s not one of the top ten players.
Although people don’t mention his name Curry is a great player and everyone in the Bay Area knows he plays for Golden State and it was good to see him getting the double double and nothing he does surprises me. He’s a terrific player espeically when he’s on which is all the time.
New arena for Warriors update: We in the Bay Area know that building a sports arena whether it’s for basketball or baseball in San Francisco is not an easy task. Look what happened to the 49ers they left San Francisco for little known Santa Clara. The Giants for example took many years to get approval to build Pacific Bell Park and they built it with private money.
The Warriors are in for a rude awakening in trying to get the arena built at piers 30-32 at the waterfront. Warrior owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber are realizing it’s not like in Los Angeles when you can build a new arena in downtown and you can find a space and make it happen.
For example the baseball Los Angeles Angels are not too happy with the city of Anaheim. Angels owner Artie Moreno doesn’t have an agreement with the city and their are strong rumors that the Angels might move to downtown L.A. The Angels would like to build the new stadium where the Staples Center is down there by Figueroa Street that would be a nightmare for traffic. The NFL also likes the Staples Center site in L.A.
I mention L.A. because I work half the summer in the Southland and it’s the largest area in California there’s room where you can build but in San Francisco it is almost like sacred land. Anybody who’s in real estate knows that anything in the city is very expensive. The environmentalists and many groups oppose the Warriors buidling an arena at the Embarcadero waterfront. Its a very, very, difficult area to build a new arena because of all the red tape and hoops they would have to jump through.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio voice for Oakland A’s baseball and does News and Commentary each week for Sportstalk radio