Last call for other sports before spring training 

Starting next week, this space will revert back to all baseball all the time, so let’s take one last quick whip through the world of sports in general and set a few things straight.

» Baron Davis needs to come clean and apologize to his god for whatever evil acts of his youth have led to this ungodly run of injuries as a GSW. Only someone who set kittens on fire as a 12-year-old gets stuck with karma this bad.

» Don Nelson is 66 going on 86, so he doesn’t exactly have the luxury of time when it comes to turning the Warriors into a playoff team. But this is the same fan base that gave Dora Dunleavy a three-year grace period. They’ll wait for Nellie, too.

» Stephen Jackson clearly has made some miserable choices, but he shouldn’t be lumped into the same ugly subset as always-in-trouble athletes such as Ron Artest, Tank Johnson and the Cincinnati Bengals. Only his family and teammates really know what kind of guy he is and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a teammate — past or present — who doesn’t rave about him. If the Warriors truly expect to put it all together and turn into a real team any time soon, Jackson needs to be a part of it. Just keep him away from the Gold Club.

» Phil Mickelson won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am going away, prompting at least one local scribe to declare Lefty as not only fully recovered from his epic collapse at last year’s U.S. Open, but ready to challenge Tiger Woods for golf supremacy. Wrong and wrong. Only when Mickelson stripes a drive on the 18th hole with a one-stroke lead at a major can he be declared mentally fit and only if Tiger gets hurt will anyone else occupy the top spot in the game for the next 15 years. Woods has more game, a stronger mind and more desire than Mickelson, plus he’s six years younger. And this is just a guess, but Tiger probably won’t let any sons of his run around looking exactly like his sisters, either.

» Mike Nolan needs to put his foot down and say no if the San Diego Chargers want to interview Norv Turner for their coaching job. You had your shot, Norv. Be thankful the Niners took you back after that vomit-inducing high-five with Jerry Jones and get back to work on making Alex Smith look like more than Danny White Lite.

» Dick Davey didn’t set any kittens on fire when he was a kid, but Santa Clara athletic director Dan Coonan might have. How else do you explain this: Not long after Coonan forced his hoops coach to resign in a poorly orchestrated precursor to hiring a big-name coach to elevate the program to Gonzaga levels, the Broncs busted the Zags’ 50-game home winning streak. Perfect.

Mychael Urban is the author of "Aces: The Last Season On The Mound With The Oakland A’s Big Three — Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito" and a writer for

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