Checking the Wire 2/23/09


Kawkami wonders if the fans will continue to flock to the Oracle.

In case you haven't heard, Monta Ellis is sitting out the next 1-2 weeks to rest his ankle.

Steinmetz thinks Ellis came back too early and should rest up for next year.

Adam Lauridsen takes a look at the future if Ellis doesn't return to his pre-moped self.

Ratto debates Don Nelson's hall of fame chances.


Matt Barrows checks in with some 40 times from the combine for OLBs and DLs.

Matt Maiocco was stuck in Chicago last nigtht so he emptied his notebook.

Kevin Lynch's observations of the Combine from Sunday.

Mike Sando gets 49ers first round prediction from Rob Rang, but if you've read Barrows and Maiocco lately you'd see the holes in his logic.

Niners Nation looks at the possible big backs in the draft that could be the thunder missing from Gore's lightning.


Javon Walker's contract could be dead man walking soon.

Jerry Mac wonders, "Who's next?"

Andre Smith or Michael Crabtree with the first pick?


Bruce Jenkins thinks the AL West is a two team race and it's closer than you thought.

Susan Slusser has some Garciaparra rumors.


Baggs has an amateur scouting report on the guys vieing to start at 3rd next season. Also, the Giants are expecting good things from thier $9 mil man.

McCovey Chronicles ponders recently released Andy Marte.

A lot going on this spring for Jonathan Sanchez.


Mike Florio from goes over the Matt Cassel trade market.

Cal's women's basketball rebounding mark is no more.

Ann Killion, "Answering letters on bikes, bongs."

Scott Ostler says Bay Area teams could use other teams' problem players.

Nancy Gay profiles a Spartan at the combine.