The Golden State Warriors staged a comeback for the ages, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals. The Warriors' dream season could have ended at any point in the last three games but the Warriors staved off elimination and now advance to the NBA Finals -- for the second year in a row against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sal and Steiny discuss some different aspects of the series, including the changing Warriors' fan base, how terrific the officiating was for Game 7, the Sharks' being overshadowed despite participating in their first Stanley Cup Final, and plenty more.
Warriors TV analyst Jim Barnett joins us for a conversation recorded in Oakland at Pacific Coast Brewing Company.
Jim talks about how he started as a television analyst after playing in the NBA and how became the Warriors analyst.
Steph Curry has been a transformative figure for the Warriors and in the league. Jim has seen it first hand. Jim talks about how Steph really is behind the scenes and how much is demanded of him.
Our discussion reveals how Warriors decided to keep Jim as TV analyst after public outcry when it was announced he would be replaced.
Jim is always a good conversationalist and we think you'll enjoy our funny, frank, and informative discussion with him.
The Golden State Warriors have responded in a big way to every obstacle and challenge put in front of them over the past two years ... and Wednesday's Game 2 vs. Oklahoma City was no different.
The Warriors, behind (who else?) Stephen Curry, tied up the best-of-7 Western Conference final 1-1, and now we head to Oklahoma. Perhaps as discussed as the game itself, is this: Why didn't Warriors' fans try to cushion Curry's dive into the stands?
Sal and Steiny not only break down Curry's dive, they attempt to assign blame and non-blame to the near catastrophic event. Were those real Warriors' fans? Who is sitting in those seats? Just how much has the Warriors' fan base changed in recent years. We discuss.
Castaneda and Steinmetz also talk about the poor bastard who is going to have to replace the legendary Vin Scully.
We don't want to do every single show about the Warriors, but when Stephen Curry does the kind of thing he did on Monday night, how the hell are you not going to talk about them/him?
Curry was absolutely, positively electric in the Warriors' 132-125 overtime win against the Blazers, and there's really nothing else to say. Only there's tons to say and Sal and Steiny say it.
Curry came back from injury and scored 40 points, including 17 points in the extra period. The guy is ridiculous and it never gets old talking about the guy. One thing that does get old is fans complaining about officials. Get over it already, Sal and Steiny say.
BTW, what's going on with Jake Peavy and Matt Cain? Yikes!
Sal and Steiny also recognize Equipto, who was part of the Frisco 5.
The Warriors are winning without Stephen Curry in the playoffs but that's not the only big thing going on in the Bay Area these days. How about this: The Sal and Steiny Podcast has a sponsor!
And get this: The sponsor is the Pacific Coast Brewing Company in Oakland CA.
Sal and Steiny are pumped to be a part of this great place -- terrific food and drink, dynamite atmosphere and attentive staff. We couldn't be more excited and we'll be hosting some future podcasts there.
On this show, we talk about how the Warriors continue to roll, even without Stephen Curry. The Warriors lead the Blazers 2-0, with Game 3 set for Saturday May 7. There are rumors Curry could return from his knee injury for that game.
Speaking of returning, the Giants are said to be interested in signing Tim Lincecum, one of the biggest fan favorites in Bay Area history. Sal tell you the secret behind Lincecum's popularity.
Oh, and lastly, if you think Bay Area traffic is getting worse, you're right -- and in a big way. Castaneda teases his traffic feature on KTVU, which has some remarkable facts about what's going on with Bay Area transportation.
Another week, another Stephen Curry injury. This one -- a sprained right knee -- was worse than the last injury -- sprained right ankle. Nevertheless, the Warriors, their fans and Curry all got tremendous news on Monday, that he suffered only a Grade 1 MCL sprain and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
In other words, the Warriors' title hopes live on. But now, the wait begins for when Curry returns and whether his teammates can hold the course.
The Raiders are talking about moving again, this time to Las Vegas and the Giants' season has started. Steinmetz and Castaneda address those things as well as take a moment to recognize some of the greatest musicians who have unfortunately passed recently.
And don't hug your dog!
It's a pretty simple topic for Sal and Steiny: Do we have ourselves a sports calamity in the making with the Stephen Curry injury. If you missed it, Curry sat out Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Houston Rockets and the timetable for his return is ...
That's it. We don't know. We also don't know at this point what the exact nature of the injury is. Is it an ankle? Is it a foot? Is it both? The next few days are going to be pretty anxious ones for Golden State fans. And how far can the Warriors go if they have to play without Curry?
Despite a little bit of controversy, the first open-air urinals opened in Dolores Park, in San Francisco recently. Steinmetz thinks these urinals are a wonderful idea and he wishes they would have been around back when.
The boys took a week off last week because Sal Castaneda took a little va-cay to the Hawaiian Islands and what he found there was more than waves, sunsets and sand. Sal noticed that the Warriors are huge in Honolulu -- He saw them on televisions at sports bars and at the world famous Duke's and all over the island.
Castaneda and Steinmetz also talk about whether the Warriors' popularity is taking away from the Giants and other teams around the Bay Area. And while we're talking about the Warriors, what's going to happen to Harrison Barnes. Is he going to be around next season? That question has become the backdrop to this historic season.
The closer it gets to April 1, the closer it gets that Colin Kaepernick will remain a 49er. Are you interested in the day-to-day drama or is it more like: Wake me when it's over. Lastly, Sal takes a "Bay Area slang" quiz.
The Golden State Warriors won their 45th consecutive regular-season game at Oracle Arena on Monday night. That is the longest home winning streak in NBA history. So, could you make the case that Oracle is the most difficult NBA arena for any team to play in? At least right here, right now?
Well, whether you think so or not ... crazy that the Warriors want to leave this place in Oakland that has been so tremendous for them. Oh, well. The Warriors are still winning but they don't seem to be doing so in spectacular fashion. That's an issue because the bar has been raised so high.
So, are the Warriors bored, are they in a malaise or is this more than that? Sal and Steiny try to figure it all out.
The boys also talk about how out in the cold the 49ers are, and how the Raiders are the team on a big-time ascent. Also, we tip our caps to Chip Vaughan and Alex Savidge, who had a harrowing experience on live TV today.
Stephen Curry was absolutely spectacular this week, hitting a buzzer-beater to beat Oklahoma City -- but there was oh so much more. Curry has scored 40-plus points in three straight game, and the Warriors have an absolutely incredible 53-5 record.
They are the talk of the sports world and people can't get enough of them ... and him. Except, apparently, Oscar Robertson. Recently Robertson made comments that were critical of the defense that is being played in the NBA nowadays, and how some of that incompetence helps Curry.
Sal and Steiny talk about Robertson's comments and what motivates someone from his generation, and with his stature, to criticize the best player in the game today? Or did he really criticize Curry when you examine his words?
It also appears as though Coliin Kaepernick has played his last game for the San Francisco 49ers ... or has he?
Super Bowl 50 is over, and the Bay Area is back to normal. Sal and Steiny talk about the Super Bowl and various aspects of it. Castaneda, who also moonlights at KTVU-TV, had an incredible schedule during the week, going back and forth from Oakland to San Francisco to such a degree it forced him to miss a lot of parties.
So, how did San Francisco do? Was it an unmitigated success or was it the nightmare some envisioned? And if there were those who weren't into the Super Bowl being in the Bay ... why not?
Of course, the boys also talk about the Warriors, who are just a joke at this point. They're heading into the All-Star break with a 48-4 record -- only the best first half of an NBA season of all-time. They're incredible and the guys talk about them.
The Golden State Warriors absolutely drilled the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls recently, and while all that was well and good, the real test comes Monday when the San Antonio Spurs come to Oracle.
The Warriors and Spurs are dominating the field right now, and Monday's game is the biggest in the NBA this season ... by far.
Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz open up talking about the Warriors, their game against the Spurs and how it's become tricky to talk about them these days. From there, the guys talk about the announcement that the proposed new arena in San Francisco will open in 2019 -- at the earliest. That's now a two-year delay from the team's original target date of an arena at Piers 30/32.
As for the 49ers, let's put it this way: Chip Kelly's first press conference as coach went a little better than Jim Tomsula's went.
The Oakland Raiders are staying in Oakland -- for at least another season. With the St. Louis Rams heading to Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers expected to follow, the Raiders find themselves "stuck" in the East Bay.
What a tremendous place to be stuck.
Castaneda and Steinmetz discuss whether or not the NFL news is good news or bad news for Raider Nation and what the options are that lie ahead. Raiders owner Mark Davis said he's now in the business of finding the Raiders a new home, but the reality is, he doesn't have a lot of places to go.
As for the 49ers, they're in the process of hiring a new coach, but we now know it's not going to be Hue Jackson, who is heading to Cleveland. Sal and Steiny discuss who is going to be the next coach of the 49ers.
After a short holiday break, Castaneda and Steinmetz got back into it with talk about one of the most incredible teams of our lifetime -- the Golden State Warriors. Is that hyperbole? Perhaps, but the Warriors are 33-2, which is the best start in the history of the NBA after 35 games.
But do Warriors fans have a little something to worry about with Stephen Curry being banged-up? He's got a bum wheel right now and he's playing through some pain. What's going to happen?
Sal and Steiny also talk about San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York, who fired Jim Tomsula earlier in the week. York spoke for the first time publicly in 11 months on Monday, Jan. 4, and it was quite intriguing. The boys talk about it all.
On the most recent Sal and Steiny podcast, the boys talk about an interesting column by San Francisco Chronicle columns Scott Ostler. In that story, Ostler suggests that the York Family -- which owns the 49ers -- might be tempted to sell now that the team has hit upon such hard times.
For sure, the 49ers are struggling right now, with a 4-9 record and a stadium that is rarely full. But is Larry Ellison really a legit option? Sal and Steiny talk about how realistic it is that the 49ers might be sold ... and, if so, when.
The Warriors' winning streak to start the season is now over at 24, so where do they go from here? Is 73 wins -- which would be the most in NBA history -- within their sights? The season, in essence, is just getting started for Golden State even though it feels like it's been going on for a while now.
The Sal and Steiny show took it on the road this past weekend, and brought that experience to Podcast No. 48. Sal and Steiny spent some time at the Chiefs-Raiders tailgate and game on Sunday and got lots of perspective on Oakland's football team.
The Raiders had a tough loss to the Chiefs, but there seems to be an understanding that this team is trending upward. One team we don't have to worry about trending upwards is the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors are now 22-0, for goodness sakes. That's the best start in any professional sport of all time. Are you kidding me? Steinmetz, who covered the Warriors for well over a decade, got to thinking about how everything changed for the Warriors when they finally traded Monta Ellis.
Trading Ellis, Steinmetz says, allowed Curry to become the star he is today.
Lastly, what the hell was Jed York thinking by his snide tweet after the 49ers' win over the Chicago Bears -- a win that gave the 49ers a 4-8 record? Oh, brother.
When it comes to sports hotbeds, few places are on fire like Oakland, California. If you do just a little bit of homework, you'll find that few cities have produced the quality and quantity of sports stars like "The Town."
Paul Brekke-Meisner is an Oakland native, and he's written a book called
The Golden State Warriors have been playing basketball for three weeks and they still haven't lost a game yet. Sal and Steiny take another dive inside the Warriors, perhaps professional sports' most exciting team, and try to figure out just when this team might lose.
Steinmetz thinks the Warriors are playing differently this year -- with Curry playing more off the ball than on it. The result is that Curry is having a better year than last year, Draymond Green is now the team's primary playmaker and their offense is better than ever.
The boys also talk about the Raiders' Aldon Smith, who was suspended for a year, the 49ers' future and why the "Big Game" isn't very much of a big game anymore -- even though it should be. And we're all very glad to hear that Bay Area icon Pat McCormick is alive and well.
The Oakland Raiders may have lost a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they're looking good these days. Gone are the days when you're waiting for something to go wrong for the Raiders. This team can play, and on top of it, they're fun. The future is very bright.
Pretty amazing that right now Oakland is home to two of the most exciting teams in all of professional sports. The Warriors, of course, speak for themselves, but the Raiders are on the come in a big way with stars such as Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Khalil Mack and Aldon Smith.
While some East Bay resident are fretting over the potential departure of these two teams, Castaneda and Steinmetz say: Relax. These teams aren't going anywhere quickly, and if and when they do leave, they won't be taking teams this exciting to their new destinations.
Sal and Steiny also talk about the Blaine Gabbert-led 49ers victory. Is this the end for Colin Kaepernick? How can it not be?
The Golden State Warriors are ridiculous right now and Steph Curry is sheer lunacy. Seriously, if you've been watching the Warriors the first five games of this season, you know what we're talking about.
Castaneda has watched Warriors basketball for decades and Steinmetz is an NBA media fossil, and both are blown away at how great this team is playing right now. These are historic basketball times in the Bay Area. The Golden State Warriors are the best team in basketball and they have the best, most exciting, player in the league on their team.
Surreal, if you go way back with this team.
Did we mention the 49ers are in disarray? Well, they are and we certainly talk about that, too. Colin Kaepernick is going to the bench, and apparently his teammates have lost belief and confidence in him.
Where the heck do the 49ers go from here?
Castaneda also gives an update/assessment of the crab situation. He thinks there's trouble brewing in the Bay.
The Golden State Warriors are the defending NBA champions, and on Tuesday night they received their championship rings and raised the banner. It was an incredible night for the team and their fans, and Sal and Steiny talked about it in Podcast No. 43.
Steinmetz says the Warriors are gaming the system with their approach right now, exploiting the 3-point shot like no other team in NBA history. Castaneda says he can't believe that the Warriors now play the most entertaining style of basketball after years and years and years of indistinguishable losing.
The guys also talk about whether they'd rather have Stephen Curry or Anthony Davis, and both think it's pretty obvious.
Greg Papa is still very young, but he's approaching icon status when it comes to our generation's play-by-play men. Papa has done so much over the course of his career that it's tricky where to start. What he's doing now or what he did then?
We'll take the easy route and wing it, which means Sal and Steiny aren't going to the notes. Papa is the Oakland Raiders play-by-play announcer, and he had the honor and privilege to learn the game under one of the NFL's greatest minds and personalities: former Raiders owner Al Davis.
When Papa was just 21, he was the Indiana Pacers play-by-play man. He's done play by play for the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's, among others.
Papa has done way more, but just take a listen to the podcast -- taped live at Drake's Dealership in Oakland, by the way. We think you'll enjoy it, particularly the deeply personal memories of the late Al Davis.
In what can only be described as an historic podcast, Sal Castaneda and Matt Steinmetz did their first on-site show. In front of a live audience at Drake's Dealership in Oakland, the boys welcomed Marc Spears, one of the best basketball writers in the country.
Spears is an Oakland resident and is a fixture at Golden State Warriors games at Oracle Arena. He's as tapped in as any NBA media member out there, and that is obvious when you read any of Spears' stuff.
If you love good, solid hoops talk, this is the podcast for you. Spears talks in-depth about the Warriors, and which team has the best chance to knock them off in the 2015-16 season. Enjoy!
The media is the worst.
Maybe not all of the media but certainly the sports media. Well maybe not all of the sports media but a portion of it.
Castaneda and Steinmetz talk about how things have changed -- used to be the media endeavored to never be a part of the story. Now the media NEEDS to be part of the story. Stephen A. Smith does his thing with Kevin Durant and Richard Sherman blocks Adam Schefter. Who cares, you know?
The boys also get into sports, and more specifically the Golden State Warriors, who started the exhibition season this week. Steinmetz talks about the wonder of Stephen Curry, yet realizes there's a segment of people who don't view him like Warriors' fans do.
The 49ers suffered one of their worst losses in history this past Sunday, losing 47-7 to the Arizona Cardinals. That makes them 1-2 on the season, and Castaneda and Steinmetz have a theory: They think a certain segment of fans are itching for the team to perform poorly -- so that Jed York gets some comeuppance.
Also, look at those Raiders, not just 1-2 but seemingly sitting with potential superstars in Derek Carr, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. How good is this team.
And then there's the defending NBA champion Warriors. Were they one of the greatest teams in history last season or did they get virtually every break in the book? There seem to be different camps.