Archive for March 5th, 2008

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
Knicks Rumors & News

Stephon Marbury made his long awaited return to the Garden Wednesday night before his Knicks hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was Marbury’s first appearance at the Garden since his ankle surgery on January 22.

Marbury expressed his desire to return in a Knicks uniform next season but indicated that he was slightly bothered by Isiah Thomas’ comments, or lack thereof, regarding his future in New York.


“It bothered me, it bothered me a lot,” said Marbury, who seemed glum in his first remarks to the media since Jan. 16. “But like I said, I know where my heart is at and I know what I want to do, so I can’t speak on what someone else is saying or how they feel. For me, I want to be back here more than anything.”

Thomas insinuated last week that the team would be looking for a third ball-handler to share backcourt duties with Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson next season, despite Marbury and his expiring contract. He his slated to receive $21 million.  Thomas has also refused to comment on …

Alou Will Miss Four-To-Six Weeks

Mets Rumors & News

Mets geriatric Moises Alou will miss four-to-six weeks following surgery to correct a hernia.

Earlier today, the Mets announced that Alou had traveled to New York to have team doctors examine a “groin injury.” One would have to think the diagnosis of a hernia is just about your worst case scenario.

As MetsBlog’s D.J. Short aptly states, “if you are somehow surprised by this, you haven’t been around very long…”

Alou, at age 41, remains a fearsome hitter, however, he simply is never healthy. At the rate the Mets are going, it seems the hot-hitting Angel Pagan is a lock to break camp with the big club, however, would anyone be surprised to see Fernando Martinez crack the opening day roster as well?

Truly a miserable start for the 2008 Mets.

Mets Rumors & News

According to, the Mets and Tigers are discussing a trade involving Mets reliever Jorge Sosa and Tigers utilityman Marcus Thames.

 My guess is that the Mets feel like they have enough arms in the bullpen that Sosa has become expendable. Either that or they realize that Willie Randolph burnt out Sosa like the end of a Red Auerbach cigar.

Thames would make a great partner to platoon Ryan Church with. The Mets have been looking for somebody to counter the weak hitting of Church against left handed pitching. Thames batted .310 against lefties last year while Church hit a dismal .229. Thames may also fill the role of the Mets backup first baseman if Carlos Delgado goes down with an injury.

Yankees Rumors & News

Some great news for Yankees legend Bobby Murcer today. As we mentioned last week, Murcer went in for a biopsy on a mass in his brain after an MRI revealed an “area that doctors [were] concerned about.”

The biopsy revealed scar tissue at the spot of Murcer’s December ’06 brain surgery and showed no signs of cancer.

Great, great news.

Jet$ Vet$ Unhappy With Gang Green

Jets Rumors & News

According to the Daily News’ Rich Cimini, while Gang Green’s offseason spending spree has invigorated its fan base, not everyone in Jets Land is happy with the front office.

“When do I get mine?” wondered one returning veteran player, under the condition of anonymity.

“You pay guys you don’t even know, and the guys in the locker room – the guys that have your back – you don’t give a damn about them.”

But money isn’t the only motivating factor here. It sounds like some players aren’t happy to see the departures of Jonathan Vilma and Dewayne Robertson (though the DT remains on the roster for now), two players who never were able to adjust to Eric Mangini’s 3-4 defense.

“They’re getting rid of the young guys and bringing in old guys,” the player said. “I don’t know what they’re doing.”

The same player told Cimini he was “envious” of Vilma for getting traded away from the Jets.

This is a great example of why players don’t run franchises. Doubtlessly not every one …

Mets Rumors & News

When Ruben Gotay hurt his ankle on Monday, the initial thought is that it was a fracture.  After an x-ray was done, which came back negative, doctors scheduled an MRI because of irregularity in his bone.  The MRI also came up negative, it was determined the irregularity was from a prior injury.

The Mets still aren’t convinced. 

Yesterday, they sent the results to New York to be reviewed.  Odds are the results will still come back negative, but you can’t fault the Mets erring on the side of caution when it comes to their utility infielder.

Gotay is listed as day-to-day, but depending on the severity of the sprain, he could miss extended time.  Health definitely hasn’t been in the Mets corner this spring.  Add Gotay to the list of Mets (Endy Chavez, Luis Castillo, Carlos Delgado, Michael Abreu, Marlon Anderson, and Ryan Church), who are currently missing times because of injuries.

Sure, the Mets are banged up right now, but we’re still almost four weeks from Opening Day, so I wouldn’t be too alarmed.  …

Islanders Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

As if the trade deadline wasn’t enough of an indication, the Rangers cemented Tuesday night that they are a team going nowhere. After a frustrating shootout loss to the Islanders, I am only more exasperated by the words of Journal News’ reporter Sam Weinman prior to the contest. Via Sam’s LoHud blog:

It’s very easy to look at this game against a slumping Islanders team featuring their backup goalie and think it’s a lock for the Rangers. Most of you are too smart to think that, but the rest of you should know these games rarely play out according to plan.

I do think the Rangers are a tougher, more disciplined team than they were when they lost three straight to the Isles to start the year. But the important part to remember is that with the playoffs looking less and less likely for the Islanders, it is games like tonight they will use to define their season.

Bottom line, it was only yesterday that HSNY’s trusty …

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