Archive for February 23rd, 2009

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Rangers Rumors & News

The Tom Renney era is over. The Rangers coach was given the ax today (along with assistant Perry Pearn). Out of all the people responsible for the disaster that the 2008-09 Blueshirts have become, Renney is probably the least culpable. I’d put James Dolan (does even know he owns the team?), Glen Sather and the players all ahead of the now-former coach on the who’s-to-blame list.

Renney brought respectability back to the Rangers after they missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons. In his three full seasons as coach, Renney guided the team to the postseason all three years. Sather blundered his way through free agency the last few years, with the regrettable signings of Scott Gomez, Chris Drury and Wade Redden, not to mention smaller mistakes like Patrick Rissmiller (remember him?).  The team president is the one who saddled Renney with the poorly constructed squad that doesn’t have enough players that can score or enough defensive-style players to play a defensive-style game.

Renney surely has made mistakes, and is …

Week 18 pickups


Teams with four games: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah


Beno Udrih(Kings)- Udrih has scored 18 points in three straight games while averaging 5.6 assists and a  steal per game in that span. He is shooting 47% from the field and and 84% from the foul line this season.  The former first round pick is playing a season high 33 minutes this month.

Kyle Waver (Thunder)- Weaver has started 10 straight games and scored a season high 19 points against the Warriors last Saturday. Over his past three games he is averaging four rebounds, three assists and a three. He has played at least 30 minutes in seven of his past nine games.

Honorable mention: Courtney Lee (Magic)


Luke Walton (Lakers)- Walton tied a season high with 14 points against the Hornets last Friday. Over his past three games he is averaging 5.6 rebounds, five assists and 1.3 threes. He has been in the …

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