Darting here and there . . .

-- Weren't the Spurs supposed to be too old to be running circles around a team like Miami? Amazing what happens when a team actually passes the ball with intent.

-- Hopefully Steve Kerr and the Warriors are taking notes on San Antonio if they're serious about ball movement being a major key to the next level.

-- It's not LeBron James' fault. But blaming him is so much more fun than taking it out on Mario Chalmers and The Birdman. Supporting cast is simply not supporting the King.

-- Rick Barry said on KNBR that watching San Antonio on offense is like watching a symphony. Can't disagree, particularly when Kawhi Leonard is working the cymbals.

-- Barry was in fine form ripping the Warriors' hiring of Brian Scalabrine as a big-man assistant and thinks his old teammate, Clifford Ray, would be a perfect fit for Kerr's staff. Again, can't disagree.

-- Just let us know when Gregg Popovich's post-championship press conference starts. Don't want to miss that one, if for no other reason than to compare and contrast with Darryl Sutter's for quirkiness.

-- Patty Mills will be the first player who entered the league out of Saint Mary's to win an NBA championship ring when the Spurs inevitably finish this off. Well earned, too, which makes it all the sweeter to see.

-- Mark Jackson, soon to be courted by the Cleveland Cavaliers? One player certainly would be in favor of it, his old buddy Jarrett Jack.


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-- To think, the Sharks had four pops to stop what the L.A. Kings have wrought in the NHL playoffs. OK, we know, still unthinkable.

-- It has to sting more than a bit that the Dean Lombardi/Sutter tandem is going to have two Stanley Cups on the mantle while the Sharks' trophy case remains bare.

-- Move Joe Thornton? Only if it yields a top-flight defender or goaltender. Otherwise, why bother? Rather have Joe.

-- That dude who drove his 1955 Chevy truck from San Francisco to Brazil to watch his native Netherlands play Spain was more than handsomely rewarded.

-- Spain, of course, was our World Cup pick. Think we need to take a mulligan. Heck, we'll just take the Dutch team that smashed them, with that dynamic duo of Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben.

-- Neck hurts. Too much shaking of the head the past few days over those Yoenis Cespedes throws, particularly that airmail wonder to home plate that nailed Howie Kendrick. Clemente-like.

-- Now if Cespedes can just learn to play more balls cleanly on the first bounce, he'll really be onto something Clemente-like.

-- Derek Jeter will always be remembered by A's fans for The Flip, but he's also a .340 lifetime hitter at the Coliseum (his third highest in A.L. stadiums). He also needed five hits this weekend for 200 in his career against Oakland. So, this we celebrate?

-- The five players taken ahead of Jeter in the 1992 draft: Phil Nevin, Paul Shuey, B.J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds, Chad Mottola. And right after Jeter, San Francisco took Calvin Murray. Think the Giants would have taken Jeter if their positions were flopped?

-- We ran into Bob Welch less than two years ago at the Coliseum, and he seemed happy, healthy and as hyper as usual. Still hard to fathom that he's gone.

-- Something that baseball might never see again: A season like Welch had in 1990: 27-6, and he did it in just 35 starts.

-- Nothing but respect for California Chrome despite not being able to close the Triple Crown deal. But Steve Coburn's classless post-race outburst, even if some his points were valid, severely tarnished a great story. Always listen to the wife: Shut your big yap.

-- Martin Kaymer running away with the U.S. Open should really spice up those weekend golf ratings, especially with no Phil Mickelson in sight. Zzzzzzz. Tiger really, really needs to get well soon.

-- Compounding matters: Chris Berman calling the Open for ESPN with Mike Tirico off handling the World Cup. Golf, to put it mildly, is not Boomer's bag.

-- Finally, forget re-signing Jim Harbaugh. We want Sarah Harbaugh after the "stop dad pants" commercial. Bravo, Sarah!

Contact Carl Steward at csteward@bayareanewsgroup.com. More darting on Twitter @stewardsfolly.