Balls: Just give it up, Barry 

click to enlarge Barry Bonds was smiling plenty Monday at his Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame induction, but he still has an ax to grind with Major League Baseball. - MIKE KOOZMIN/SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner file photo
  • Barry Bonds was smiling plenty Monday at his Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame induction, but he still has an ax to grind with Major League Baseball.
By his standards, Barry Bonds couldn’t have been more charming than at his Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame induction Monday. Why, he even smiled once or twice.

But just when you thought Bonds had undergone a personality transplant, he was back to his bad, old self again.

As Sports Illustrated was the first to report, the bitter Bonds has filed a grievance with Major League Baseball that charges collusion among its teams. The ex-Giants con man contends that, rather than retire at 43 years of age, he should have received offers to make an even bigger joke of the record book after the 2007 season. The next step could be a lawsuit, which would dredge up baseball’s sordid past at a time when we’ve almost gotten over it.

If Bonds has forgotten why no team would touch him with a 10-foot bat at the time, then Balls isn’t about to devote space to remind him. Now stop your whining, get on your bicycle and start pedaling.

BUYER BEWARE? If Draymond Green wants to be a max-contract player, then he sure hasn’t played like one lately. Could that fact scare off buyers in the free-agent market this summer? Probably not. All it takes is one desperate team — his hometown Detroit Pistons, for instance — even if the Warriors are likely to match any offer.

At some point, though, the Warriors will need Green to be at his best if they’re serious about a championship parade. That may be as early as the next round, when Green likely will be paired against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, the postseason Most Valuable Player right now.

SAME OLD GRIZZLIES: The Memphis Grizzlies promoted coach Dave Joerger and hired former ESPN metrics geek John Hollinger to bring the team into the new millennium, but this looks like the same old team in the Western Conference semifinals. They’ve been outscored 159-63 from the 3-point arc in the series, or about 17 points per game.

At what point do you say, “If our opponents take and make a lot more than 3-pointers than we do, then we’re probably in trouble”?

JUST ASKIN’: So why did the Grizzlies fire coach Lionel Hollins in the first place?

THEY’VE GOT A MILLION OF ’EM: Deflategate gets funnier and funnier every day.

On Thursday, the New England Patriots insisted that locker room attendant Jim McNally had referred to himself as The Deflator because of his weight loss.


The Patriots also absolved McNally and partner John Jastremski of any blame in the matter. Except that they had suspended both indefinitely two weeks ago, and neither can be reinstated without NFL approval. And team owner Robert Kraft is prepared to take the league to court? Balls says take the NFL and give the points.

THE (REVISED) LIST: U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, insisted that there are more things to do in Memphis than appeared here recently. Balls is nothing if not fair, so it invited him to contribute to an updated list:

Mud Island River Park and Museum (his)

Peabody Ducks hunting (mine)

Gus’s Fried Chicken (his)

In-N-Out Burger (mine)

Bike trails (his)

Tony Allen’s Brick & Masonry (mine)

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