Darting here and there ...

Û Alex Smith just can't seem to escape the large shadow of Joe Montana, even when he's traded all the way to Kansas City.

Û And that says nothing of the shadows of Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac. What is it about exiled 49ers QBs winding up with the Chiefs?

Û Smith can only hope his new opportunity in K.C. turns out as well as it did for Joe, Steve and Elvis. But playing for a team that went 2-14 and lost twice to the Raiders doesn't portend paradise.

Û That said, Smith should do just fine as long as Andy Reid doesn't start pounding on his shoulder pads before games.

Û Outstanding timing by the 49ers dealing Smith, too, what with both Luke and Josh McCown available as potential free agent backups. (Kidding!)

Û Another guy who's available: Vince Young, the guy who was supposed to become Colin Kaepernick seven years ago. Young was out of work last season.

Û Line I Wish Was Mine Dept., courtesy of Jeff Jardine of the Modesto Bee: 49ers now have 15 picks, eh? Hope they have overdraft protection.

Û Our two cents on Darrelle Revis -- too many millions.

Û It's believed Stephen Curry scored from all five New York boroughs on Wednesday night. That Staten Island shot might have been the toughest.

Û OK, being facetious there, but this one's no lie: Curry outscored the rest of his team, 54-51.

Û Curry scoring 92 points over two games restimulates the wonder of Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 in one -- without the benefit of the 3-point shot.


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Û Buried in the stories and totally ignored on all the TV recaps: Raymond Felton blocked a Curry jumper with the score tied 105-all and 1:28 left. It only won the game. The Warriors didn't score again.

Û Charles Jenkins' fresh chance in Philadelphia so far: two minutes in one game. And Jeremy Tyler's new beginning? Hadn't played one second for Atlanta.

Û We still don't get the one-game David Lee suspension for a little shove in response to Roy Hibbert's initial harder shove. You get an equal penalty to the perpetrator just for defending yourself?

Û Speaking of harsh penalties, the NCAA did its best to turn Saint Mary's into Ain't Mary's on Friday.

Û We confess that we don't understand all the violations against the Gaels, but the sanctions seem entirely too severe for a good, upstanding coach such as Randy Bennett, who has never struck us as the masterminding cheater type.

Û For one thing, a masterminding cheater type would have bolted for a more high-profile job long before now. Bennett surely has had plenty of opportunities but stayed in Moraga.

Û Well, if nothing else, the focus on Saint Mary's takes the heat off Mike Montgomery for now.

Û Mark Mastrov, the 24 Hour Fitness founder who tried to buy the Warriors, has now put in his bid to purchase the Sacramento Kings. It should be an interesting battle with that Microsoft group bidding to move the team to Seattle, but we're rooting for the Castro Valley guy.

Û Maybe Mastrov should challenge the Seattle bidders to a game of HORSE for the team. He probably wouldn't even need Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to assist.

Û Through nearly three weeks of spring training, the most compelling story line between our two Bay Area teams might still be Tim Lincecum's haircut. No news good news?

Û Pablo Sandoval must cackle when he hears folks around the Angels horrified that Mike Trout gained 8 pounds in the offseason.

Û Love it that a player with the Chicago Cubs is going to be getting a World Series ring. Dude's name is Nate Schierholtz.

Û Happy to see Brandon McCarthy back on a mound again, even if it's not with the A's. His pitches -- and his tweets -- are looking as sharp as ever.

Û Finally, Dennis Rodman for Secretary of State? Why not? Who was the last American visitor who made the North Koreans so giddy?

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