What do you think of new Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro?

Leading Off: Kings top list of sports questions

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Some questions:

• Hasn't the tumult of the battle for possession of the Kings been replaced by hard realizations that the team will be starting over next season with a new coach and general manager – both unproven – playing in the same cruddy gym, and with many large issues relative to a new downtown arena still to be definitively addressed?

• Are the Giants well-built enough to overcome their first serious injury problems (excluding Buster Posey's 2011 leg disaster) since their two-titles-in-three-years run?

• Is anyone else convinced that a more physically fit Pablo Sandoval would be less susceptible to injury? Does anyone else think the Panda – lovable though he is – could be traded before his overtaxed body wears out?

• How much pressure is on the 49ers' organization to produce consistently good teams and fill their new $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara?

• Remember when Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were the fresh, intensely competitive faces of pro golf, banging away at each other on the course and sniping at each other just enough to provide some catty fun? Have you noticed how many massively talented younger guys are winning majors now?

• Could people who predicted Tim Lincecum's pitching brilliance would be glowing but, sadly, short-lived be correct, or could he fool us all and regain the quirky mastery that endeared him to Giants fans?

What to watch

Baseball, Giants vs. Padres, 12:45 p.m., CSNBA: If you don't have tickets to the game at AT&T Park, a long lunch break is in order.

Today's poll

What do you think of new Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro?

• He was the right hire.

• He won't succeed.

• Let's wait and see.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field, or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Tuesday's results

Can Sacramento support major professional basketball and baseball teams?

• Yes: 66%

• No: 34%

Total votes: 193

Call The Bee's Brian Blomster, (916) 326-5512. Follow him on Twitter @b_blomster.

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