Archive for May 29th, 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.

Winner

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 …

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