John Madden confronted a justifiable IN-YOUR-FACE to a clearly flustered Steve Bitker on KCBS Friday morning.
Good for the coach.
Talking about the now-concluded Warriors season, Bitker, towing a company line about how the Warriors will have more fun and pack the new arena in SF, (I'm paraphrasing), was put in his place by Madden.
Madden thought it was a sham that despite the Warriors packing the Oakland/Oracle Arena, they'd be moving across the bay, (we'll see), to SF. Bitker was incredulous. So was Madden.
Madden seemed pissed off. "How do you, (Bitker), know they'll be a 'success in SF--What about Oakland?"
Bitker finally acknowledged "your allegiance to Oakland, John." Gees, thanks Steve for your insight.
I like Madden. I like the fact that he bitch-slapped Bitker ON THE AIR. While the other SF Media sports lemmings dare lament the fact that Oakland and the Eastbay have SOLD OUT the building, made it the loudest arena in the NBA, etc, Madden, of all people, called out Bitzie, who should know better.
Madden doesn't do this for shock. He's irritated and so am I in case you can't tell. I realize, as did Bitzie, that the proposed move to the city is all about money and location but Oakland deserves better. It's Oakland and the ROARCLE fans that are taken for granted by the Warriors owners. Do any Bay Area writers or broadcasters talk about this? Madden got it right. Too bad the writers and some broadcasters are clueless.
More Madden: "You know, Oakland needs a win. " Coach, you couldn't have said it any better.
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