Welcome to Tom Talks. You ask, I answer. Let’s go to the phone.
▪ TOM, WILL FROM ROCK HILL.
Love the alliteration. What’s your question?
I WANT TO KNOW AS MUCH ABOUT GOLF PHENOM JORDAN SPIETH AS I CAN. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU HAVEN’T SHARED?
There’s a gift shop off the first fairway at Augusta National Golf Club. The place is tiny, and you need a credential to get in. At the counter in front of me Sunday were two guys. One of them was quiet and courteous and stood to one side. The other was big and loud and took up space the way some people apparently are put on earth to do. The line grew but the big guy was flirting with the woman behind the counter or happy to be in the credentialed gift shop or both, talking as if he were paid by the word. When he finally left, I told the woman who waited on him that she could have charged rent. Another woman walked up and whispered, “That was Jordan Spieth’s dad.” I thought, “No”, because I want to think Spieth’s family is as cool as he is. “The loud guy?” “Oh, no,” the woman quickly said. “The quiet one.” Thus does the legend grow.
▪ TOM, BRENDA FROM BUIES CREEK. WHO DO YOU LIKE IN THE NBA PLAYOFFS?
Brenda, I love the NBA playoffs. I think you have to be there, at least once, to appreciate the intensity of the games and the impact of every play. The Charlotte Bobcats were swept last season. But to be in Miami, in American Airlines Arena, when the Heat and Bobcats came out for game 1 was one of my favorite sports moments of the year. I thought the playoffs were a coming out for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Watching him, and talking to Lebron James about him, you could tell he was on the way.
▪ YOU MORON. I DIDN’T ASK YOU IF YOU LIKED THE PLAYOFFS. I ASKED WHO YOU LIKE.
Oh, OK Brenda, if that’s your real name and you didn’t steal it from some 1950s sitcom. I could make fun of Buies Creek but that’s where Mike Minter coaches and I like the place. Speaking of like, I like Cleveland in the East. I respect Atlanta. That ensemble cast pushed them to the league’s second best record, a record seven games better than Cleveland’s. But all season I thought the Cavaliers simmered. The playoffs would be their time. The team with LeBron tends to beat the team without him.
It’s tough to pick against San Antonio in the West. But a loss on the season’s final day to New Orleans dropped the Spurs from a 2 seed to a 6. They open the playoffs against the Clippers and almost certainly will draw Houston in the second round. Golden State gets New Orleans and probably Portland, Portland or Memphis. I like the Warriors to come out of the West.
Cleveland-Golden State and LeBron-Stephen Curry is must see NBA TV. This has been a season of entertaining and even joyous basketball, and the Warriors play it better than anybody. In a series every fan ought to remember, Golden State wins in seven.
▪ TOM, DICK FROM DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTE.
Thanks for not calling it Uptown.
▪ YOU’RE WELCOME. YOU REALLY THINK CURRY HIT 77 3s IN A ROW IN PRACTICE THIS WEEK?
After hearing the ESPN.com report I tried to think of something I’ve done 77 times in a row. All I could come up with was using my turn signal, tipping more than 20 percent and defending Led Zeppelin’s depth and greatness to the non-believers. Golden State’s social media coordinator confirmed ESPN.com’s report. But what if they said Curry made 100 3-pointers in a row? Would you believe that? What if they said that Curry made 200? Would you believe that? What if they said Curry made 907? Would you believe it? There has to be a limit. But 77 isn’t it. I believe.
▪ TOM, AL FROM AQUADALE.
Is that a town or an aquarium? Where is it?
▪ IT’S IN N.C., ABOUT 5 MILES FROM MAMA NOI’S PIZZA. DO YOU BELIEVE THE CAROLINA PANTHERS ARE IN POSITION TO TAKE ANYBODY THEY WANT IN THE NFL DRAFT AND DON’T HAVE TO SELECT AN OFFENSIVE TACKLE?
▪ WHO DO YOU THINK THEY’LL TAKE?
An offensive tackle.
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