Archive for May 2009

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Gary Sheffield

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets were involved in four video replays this past week, and all of them went their way. There’s some speculation that the umps were really just checking the scores of the NBA playoff games, though. They tried to stop the game on Wednesday to review whether the Nationals were an actual major league team to catch some Lakers-Nuggets highlights but thought the better of it. The Mets went 5-1 this week and snuck into first place, and they also helped the Yankees by beating the Red Sox twice over the weekend. Even though the Yanks only went 3-3 (and couldn’t return the favor to the Mets by losing their series to the Phillies), they also slid up to a half game out of first this week. Both teams have been ravaged by injuries, and the Mets are contemplating activating Bud Harrelson, Willie Montanez and Don Hahn over the weekend.


Gary Sheffield: He may have been on the surly and selfish side his whole career, and admitted to using steroids, so it’s hard to root …

Knicks Rumors & News

The Knicks drafted Trevor Ariza in the second round in the 2004 NBA Draft. He spent just one season at UCLA. Ariza averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game as a Freshman. His quickness and athletiscm quickly made him one of the best perimeter defenders in the Pac-10. At 19 years old he played 80 games in his rookie season averaging 5.9 points in 17 minutes per game. However, in his second season he lost playing time to rookie David Lee and head coach Larry Brownwanted to acquire Steve Francis. Ariza was traded along with Penny Hardawayto the Orlando Magic for Francis. There has been speculation that if Ariza was never dealt then Renaldo Balkman would have not been drafted in 2006. Also spending $30 million to sign Jared Jeffries, may not of happened either if Ariza was allowed to blossum.

By landing Francis it made the Knicks backcourt (Stephon Marbury) the highest-paid in the NBA. Francis was owed $49 million for the next three seasons. The 29-year old had career averages of 20.1 points, 6.4 assists, and six …

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Postell or Redd?

Knicks Rumors & News


Knicks select Lavor Postell at at 39

Milwaukee Bucs select Michael Redd at 43

It is hard to blame the Knicks for not selecting Redd because so many other teams passed him up. He turned out to be one of the best 2nd round picks this decade. The Knicks chose Donnell Harvey in the first round who was traded with John Wallace to the Dallas Mavericks for Erick Strickland and Pete Mickael. Yet another tade that did not work out for GM Scott Layden.

Lavor Postell played four seasons at St.Johns averaging a career high 14.3 points in his senior season. He also led the team in rebounding (6.9) and performed well at the Chiacgo predraft camp which caused his draft stock to rise. He was named All-Big East 2nd team and finished 15th all-time in school history in points scored.

Postell played three seasons for the Knicks and appeared in just 61 games. He averaged 3.2 points in 7.3 minutes per game in his career. The 6’6″ Georgia native was buried on the bench backing up Allan Houston and …

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

From the Scrapheap to the Top of the Heap

Mets Rumors & News

Livan Hernandez was signed to battle for the fifth starter slot. Gary Sheffield was signed to be a pinch-hitter. Omir Santos was signed probably because the Mets thought he was somebody else. But all three have been instrumental in keeping the Mets near the top of the division standings.

With Oliver Perez, Brian Schneider, Carlos Delgado, Alex Cora, Jose Reyes and Ryan Church (and don’t forget about Billy Wagner; well, maybe we should) all on the disabled list, and Carlos Beltran, Ramon Martinez (what a great job of fielding he’s been doing lately), J.J. Putz and Frankie Rodriguez battling one injury or another, the performances of Hernandez, Sheffield and Santos have been nothing short of a miracle for the Mets.

Hernandez threw the team’s first complete game last night, so forget about being the fifth starter, he may now be their second best starter. He’s 4-1 with a 4.28 ERA. The team has a 6-3 record in his nine starts this season, and he’s giving the Mets …

2002 NBA Draft: Knicks could have drafted Amare

Knicks Rumors & News

2002 NBA Draft

Knicks select Nene at 7

Suns select Amare Stoudemire at 9

Honorable mention: Wizards select Caron Butler at 10

Nene turned out to become one of the better players the Knicks drafted in the first round but he did not play one game for the franchise. His draft rights were traded along with Marcus Camby to the Denver Nuggets for Antonio McDyess and the draft rights to Frank Williams. Acquiring McDyess was risky because he suffered a severe knee injury forced him to miss 72 games during the 01-02 season. However in a three year span before that he averaged 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds in 67 games per season.

McDyess did not start his Knicks tenure on a high note as he  injured that same knee in a preseason game. He appeared in only 18 games before he was involved in a eight-player trade with that Phoenix suns that brought in Stephon Marbury. McDyess has battled back through injuries and over the past five years has appeared in 76 games per season. His 9.8 rebounds per …

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Knicks Rumors & News


Knicks select Michael Sweetney at 9

New Orleans selects David West at 18

The 2003 NBA Draft was very top heavy with the likes of Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade chosen in the top five. The Knicks missed out on all these players and selected a player worse than Darko Milicic.

Michael Sweetney excelled in his junior year at Georgetown averaging 22.8 points and 10.4 rebounds. The 6’8″ 260 pounder was the only player in the nation to rank in the top 20 in scoring and rebounding that year. He avearged 3.2 blocks which was ninth in the nation. He  was named First Team All-Big East in two straight seasons. However, his tenure with the Knicks lasted just one season as he appeared in 77 games. The DC native ran the court poorly and did not develop a mid-range jumper. His lack of athleticism and bad conditioning did not translate well in the NBA. Because of this Sweetney was one of the pieces traded to the Chiacgo Bulls for C Eddy Curry. Sweetney lasted …

Monday, May 25th, 2009

What the Mets Did on Their Vacation

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets went on a 10-game vacation and along the way they invented new ways to balk, hit like crazy, forgot how to hit, staged heroic comebacks, stole bases left and right then ran the bases like the 1962 Mets, made enough errors in one game to last a month, played the greatest ninth inning ever, saw their ace will the team to victory while being the toughest player on the field, spent three days with an umpire whose neck alone weighs more than Ramon Castro and suffered more injuries than Evel Knievel. Did we learn anything about the Mets on this road trip? Well, maybe that they’re manic depressive. The highs were sky-high and lows were beyond embarrassing. And almost every member of the team is injured in some from or another.

In the first three games in San Francisco, there were come-from-behind wins, stolen bases galore, offensive explosions and well-pitched games. They were winning in ways that were not Met-like – at least not 2007/08 …

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Stuff About the Mets

Mets Rumors & News

Here are some random thoughts as the Mets head into the buzzsaw of Boston.

Will we all have a good laugh about the Mets’ shoddy play and buffoonery of the past week (or the whole first quarter of the season really)? When the season’s over, will we look back and laugh at Ryan Church missing third base? “I laughed so hard I cracked a rib at that one.” Will we have a nice chuckle at Daniel Murphy falling down game after game out in left field? “Didn’t the Mets know they had a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman right under their nose?” Will we guffaw at Mike Pelfrey’s balk-fest? Will we chortle at the dozens of baserunning mistakes the team has made, costing them a few games in the standings? Will the Mets turn things around so we can look back fondly and lovingly at their blundering ways? Umm, probably not, but god, let’s hope so.

Murphy is already a better first baseman than left fielder. Was he really worse …

Frye or Granger

Knicks Rumors & News


New York Knicks select Channing Frye at 8

Indiana Pacers select Danny Granger at 17

The New York Knicks had three first round picks in the 2005 NBA Draft. Their first pick Channing Frye turned out to be there worst one. He did enjoy a productive rookie season averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 in rebounds  in 24.2 minutes per game. However, the next season his points, rebounds, blocks and FG% per game all decreased. The main reason for the sophomore slump was the career season from C Eddy Curry who averaged 19.5 points and seven rebounds a game.  Frye’s tenure lasted just two seasons with the Knicks as he was traded to the Portland Trailblazers for PF Zach Randolph.

Danny Granger was one of the best picks in the 05 NBA Draft. The 6’9″ wing player has shown his versatility with the ability to defend, pass and shoot. He has evolved into one of the top offensive threats in the game. The 08-09 Most Improved Player averaged 25.8 points per game which was fifth in the NBA. He made 182 …

Hot Stove Player of the Week: Mark Teixeira

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees are red hot, with a nine-game winning streak that included three walk-off wins in a row over the weekend. And they’re having so much fun, that they’ll be starring in a 1970s-like summer replacement series, The Yankees’ Summertime Funtime Razzle Dazzle Variety Hour, which will co-star Charo. The Mets’ season, on the other hand, is  going right down the toilet. And speaking of toilets, here’s a tip of the cap to the Mets fan of the week. This faithful Met follower got her arm stuck in a toilet at Citi Field trying to retrieve her gold tooth, which fell in the commode. The Mets finally have working toilets in their stadium, but the fans don’t know how to use them. How did her tooth fall in there anyway? Maybe she caught a case of the yips from Mike Pelfrey. A plumber stated, “People have probably been getting their hands stuck in toilets as long as there have been toilets.” If I had a …

Thursday, May 21st, 2009
Knicks Rumors & News

Leading up to the draft i will be discussing some of the recent Knicks draft blunders. This one occured during the 2006 NBA Draft.

The Knicks select Renaldo Balkman at pick 20

The Phoenix Suns select Rajon Rondo at pick 21 (Traded to Celtics during the draft)

This had to be one of the worst draft blunders in recent Knicks draft history. Renaldo Balkman was not even listed in the draft media guide and was traded to the Denver Nuggets last July. His tenure with the Knicks lasted just two seasons as he averaged 4.2 points in 15 minutes. The reason he was drafted so high was because Isiah Thomas (ex-President of Team Operations) liked his athleticism and hustle play on both ends of the floor. Balkman, had a strong showing at the Orlando pre draft camp which helped his stock to rise. However, besides running the floor well he did possess any other intangibles. He lacked a perimeter shot and played power forward in college which would not translate well in the NBA.

No other team …

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
Knicks Rumors & News

The New York Knicks did not move up during the draft lottery and will be selecting eigth in next month’s NBA Draft. The franchise had a 2.8 percent chance of landing the top overall pick in the draft, a 3.26 percent of getting the No. 2 overall pick and a 3.87 percent chance of moving up to the No. 3 spot. Here is at look some players the Knicks could select on June 25th.

Stephen Curry (Davidson)- The Junior guard led the nation in scoring at 28.6 points per game. He played the point last season and averaged 5.6 assists. The 21-year old showed not only can he create his own shot off the dribble but also for his teammates. Curry is a high-IQ guard who showed he can play both the point and shooting guard. He would provide depth and a  pure shooter in Head Coach Mike D’Antonio’s spread offense. There are many ways Curry can be involved in the offense such as pick and roll sets or running …

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