Archive for March 24th, 2007


Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Wang On DL, Pettitte Resumes Throwing

Yankees Rumors & News

Via the AP:

New York Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, a 19-game winner last season, will start the season on the disabled list with a right hamstring pull.

Wang, who had been under consideration to start Opening Day April 2 against Tampa Bay, is expected to be sidelined at least a month.

“You’re talking late April,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday. “You don’t want stuff like that to happen, but unfortunately it does happen. When they happen, you handle it.”…Cashman said there are no plans to look outside the organization to fill the roster spot. Candidates include Jeff Karstens and Darrell Rasner….Another potential Opening Day starter, left-hander Andy Pettitte, has resumed throwing after being sidelined Monday by back spasms.

Cashman said he expects Pettitte to be ready for the start of the season.

Giants’ Roller Coaster Continues

Giants Rumors & News

So remember that report that the Texans had matched the Giants’ offer sheet for Houston FB Vonta Leach? Well, they haven’t.

And remember that report that the Al Wilson trade was dead? Well, it isn’t.

It still seems as if the Texans will end up retaining Leach, however apparently someone in their PR staff sent out the press release prematurely.

As for Wilson, reports indicate that he did indeed fail his physical in New York yesterday. While a deal seems unlikely at this point, Wilson’s agent is insisting that talks aren’t dead…yet. Stay tuned.

Knicks Sign Kentucky’s Morris

Knicks Rumors & News

Less than a week ago, 6-11 Kentucky power forward Randolph Morris was playing for coach Tubby Smith against Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. Today Tubby is the new head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and Morris is a New York Knick.

Due to a provision in the NBA’s CBA (collective bargaining agreement), Morris played at Kentucky as an NBA free agent after going undrafted in 2005. According to the Journal News’ Mike Dougherty, several teams were pursuing Morris, who averaged 16.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks this season.

In essence, the Knicks have exploited a loophole here, allowing them to pick up a first-round calibre athlete in a year in which the team might have to swap first rounders with the Chicago Bulls (as part of the Eddy Curry trade). There’s isn’t much not to like about this move.

Jets Could Play More 4-3

Jets Rumors & News

On his blog today, Rich Cimini of the Daily News notes that the Jets appear to be stockpiling defensive ends, and informs us that “some industry insiders believe it’s because the Jets are planning to play more 4-3 fronts next season.”

As they point out on thejetsblog.com, in addition to adding to the defense’s depth and versatility, additional time in the 4-3 scheme could play to the strengths of a couple of players who excelled there, namely Shawn Ellis and Jonathan Vilma.

From Bad To Worse

Giants Rumors & News

Via Ernie Palladino’s Giants Journal:

Just when you thought the bad news was over, it got worse. The Texans just announced they matched the Giants’ four-year, $8 million offer sheet for Houston’s restricted free agent fullback Vonta Leach.

Wilson Deal Dead

Giants Rumors & News

This morning, the Star-Ledger reported that the Giants were engaged in trade talks with the Denver Broncos for Pro Bowl linebacker Al Wilson, who would reportedly play outside linebacker for Big Blue while Antonio Pierce remained in the middle.

By this afternoon, the Denver Post had confirmed that the Broncos were shipping Wilson to New York, with Giants 101 reporting that DE Justin Tuck could be sent to Denver along with a swap of first rounders.

Now comes word that the deal is dead. Multiple sources had reported that Wilson was at Giants Stadium today to take his physical – the last hurdle in trade talks. The implication would seem to be that the physical did not go well, however it’s possible that other factors scuttled the deal. We’ll update here when we know more.

Can Glen Grunwald Save the Knicks?

Knicks Rumors & News

I wouldn’t be surprised if there are diehard Knicks fans out there who don’t know who this man is, nor would I blame them. This is Glen Grunwald, senior vice president of basketball operations, and the man behind the scenes whom Isiah Thomas brought in to basically serve as general manager while Thomas took over as coach. Grunwald served as Zeke’s right-hand man in Toronto before taking over as GM when Thomas left the franchise in 1998.

In Newsday today, Ken Berger takes a closer look at the man behind the curtain. While the Knicks are trapped in salary cap purgatory for at least the next two years, Berger offers a glimmer of hope for the future:

In Toronto, when Thomas was running a basketball team for the first time only a year after he’d retired, Grunwald was the voice of reason – the guy who talked him out of rash moves and kept him grounded.

Thomas could have used Grunwald his first three years as the Knicks’ president. Which is why, …

Surprise! DLee Returns

Knicks Rumors & News

Via The Star-Ledger:

A mere 10 days ago, David Lee came back from an examination administered by an orthopedist in Indianapolis and was told he would need another three to four weeks to recover from the stress reaction in his right leg.

As surprising as that diagnosis was, Lee had another surprise last night, suiting up and playing 10 scoreless minutes in a 92-86 loss to the Trail Blazers, despite still feeling pain in the leg.

It seems that Lee is under the impression that he can do no further harm to the leg and will simply have to play with pain while it heals. Coming so soon after the timetable was extended, this latest development is somewhat curious. Newsday correctly wonders “is Lee being rushed back, or rushing himself, because the Knicks are in the midst of a playoff push?”

If the Knicks are indeed to make the playoffs, they will have to win games like last night – an embarrassing setback to the Portland Trailblazers. As …

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