Archive for May 20th, 2008

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Kiwi: Where should he play?

Giants Rumors & News

Between now and Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, I’m sure we will spend lots of time discussing this. Since Yahoo! Sports brought it up, though, let’s talk about where Mathias Kiwanuka plays if Michael Strahan retires.

It would seem natural that Kiwanuka, drafted as a defensive end, would move back to his natural position if Strahan hangs up his spikes.

Not so fast, though. This is what defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo had to say on the topic of Kiwanuka.

“If Michael does retire, I think we’ll try to leave Kiwi at linebacker. That was the original plan and he was growing into the position. Of course, in case of injuries, guys move around. And in our defense, he might be on the line now and then, but I would like to keep him as a linebacker.”

If Strahan retires and Kiwanuka goes back to end, it’s a move I certainly would understand. I hope it doesn’t happen, though.

Despite his early struggles last season I maintain that Kiwanuka …

Nets Feelin’ ‘Melo

Nets Rumors & News

It’s tough for New Yorkers to think about hoops at this time of year. After all, the season ended for the Knicks and Nets months ago, and baseball mania has once again swept over the city – a sign of summer just around the corner.

Nevertheless, today is a significant day for both N.Y. locals, as the NBA will hold its draft lottery tonight to determine the order of the June 26th draft. And while the Knicks have stolen the majority of headlines recently (first with the hiring of Donnie Walsh and the dismissal of Isiah Thomas, then with the hiring of coach Mike D’Antoni), the Nets may be the team poised to make the bigger splash, if a report in the New York Post is to be believed.

According to the Post, Nets GM Kiki Vandeweghe is wasting no time remodeling his roster, and he’s turning to some familiar faces in the process. League sources have indicated that the Denver Nuggets have …

Pedro Healthy, Mulls Retirement

Mets Rumors & News

Yep, you read that right. Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez took a big step toward returning from an injured hamstring yesterday, and on the same day talked candidly with the Daily News about the possibility of retirement following the 2008 season.

Pedro’s 78-year-old father, Pablo, is battling a form of brain cancer, and according to Pedro, his father’s illness is weighing on him. “I haven’t been there for them,” Pedro told the News. “I just realized that between last year and this year I haven’t been there for my family, my parents…After this season, I’m going to go back home and think about it and I’m going to decide.”

Clearly Pedro has left a window open for his return in ’09, and as recently as this past Spring Training he was contemplating extending his contract beyond the season. Still, the article paints a grim picture of Pablo Martinez’s failing health, and you can hardly fault Pedro for feeling conflicted. After all, following his …

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