James Neal’s phone has been blowing up after every Golden Knights game, filled with messages from former teammates who are following Vegas’ unprecedented success.
“Oh, I hear it,” he said. “I definitely hear it. Guys are chirping a little bit. But it’s all good.”
“That’s right,” said Neal, with a laugh.
After three straight losses, the sky is figuratively falling in Gainesville. Jim McElwain is out, and the fun of a coaching search in the social media age — Steve Spurrier was spotted tubing down the Ichetucknee River with Bob Stoops and Chip Kelly, talking about the Florida job — begins.
The Falcons’ offense is officially in disarray. They don’t know when to pass or run, or whom should do the pass-catching or running. Steve Sarkisian’s play-calling has caused Matt Ryan to regress. It’s good that Dan Quinn’s young, fast defense keeps playing better. They’ll find a way to score enough to squeak by the low-flying Jets.
Both you and Giannis always make it clear that there are other players on the team. How is he received by his teammates?
Most of the guys who have been here the longest with him have seen him grow and seen him work. I think it makes it easy for them to be around him because of that. I think they also understand how talented he is and what he does to help the game become easy for them. He causes a lot of problems [for other teams], he gets a lot of attention, and it’s just a matter of if you can catch and shoot and make an open shot, you’re going to benefit from that. I think we have some guys who can do that.