Archive for June 2009


Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Knicks Rumors & News

The Knicks plan to meet with Mavericks PG Jason Kidd tomorrow on the opening day of the free agency period. The Mavs can pay him any amount to the league maximum to retain his services ($8 million). The two ways the  Knicks can acquire him is through offering the mid-level exception of $5-$6 million dollars or a sign-and-trade. The team has commodities such as Nate Robinson and David Lee who are on the block.

Kidd, played with the New Jersey Nets for 6 1/2 seasons while leading them to the finals in back to back years. He would be an upgrade over PG Chris Duon and provide the team with heart and playoff experience. In his 14th year he missed one regular season game and he finished fifth in assists (8.7) and third in steals (1.98). The future Hall of Fame point guard has won two gold medals (2000 and 2008) and is known for making his teammates play at a higher level. A scouting director said his value now lies …

Monday, June 29th, 2009

New York Knicks Draft Grade

Knicks Rumors & News

Jordan Hill (Arizona-8th overall)- With Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio, Johnny Flynn and Stephen Curry all off the board the Knicks selected Hill. The 6’10″ junior  forward averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats last season. He played for three different coaches at Arizona but improved his scoring and rebounding each season. Donnie Walsh  was high on his athletiscm, ability to run the floor and block shots. Drafting Hill also provides insurance if the Knicks make a sign and trade with David Lee.

Toney Douglas (Florida State-29th overall)- The Knicks purchased this pick from the Lakers for $3 million dollars.  Douglas was a All-America Third Team selection and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The 6’2″ guard averaged 21. 8 points (led the ACC). The senior also guided the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade and into the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history. He also provides the Knicks insurance if they decide to make a sign and …

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Players who can be dealt on draft day

Marcus Camby (Clippers)- The Clippers are expected to draft Blake Griffin with the first overall pick. With Zach Randolph and Chris Kaman owed a total of $66 million dollars it makes the expiring contract of Camby expendable. By drafting the 6’10″ Griffin it adds more size to the the Clipper frontcourt. The Ex-Knick will make $7.6 million next season and Donnie Walsh should look into bringing him back. Even though he missed 22 games last season the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year pulled down 11.1 rebounds and blocked 2.1 shots per game. The Knicks have ranked last in the league in blocks the past two seasons.

David Lee (Knicks)- Lee has been rumored to being dealt to Portland, Memphis, Detroit and Oklahoma City. Possible scenarios include Lee being dealt in a sign and trade to acquire Ricky Rubio. Lee had a breakout season for the Knicks last season leading the league in double-doubles while averaging 16 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. However, Lee is looking to sign a long term deal worth $7-9 million dollars …

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Knicks Rumors & News

ESPN radio and Alan Hahn of Newsday are reporting the Knicks bought the Timberwolves 28th overall pick for three million dollars. The Knicks now have two picks in the first round (8 and 28). Donnie Walsh could be adding picks to move up in the draft. There is a possibility they could trade into the top 5 or use the 28th pick and cash to move into the teens. If they decide to stand pat they should look at these players if they are available: Jeff Teague, Patty Mills, Chase Budinger, Toney Douglas, Danny Green, Tyler Hansbourough and Darren Collinson.

What do the Knicks do now?

Knicks Rumors & News

The Knicks were looking to acquire the Wizards 5th overall pick but they traded that to the Timerwolves yesterday. Donnie Walsh said there is a 95 percent chance the Knicks will not make a move before the NBA Draft. The Daily News speculates if Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry and Tyreke Evans are all off the board the Knicks could look at Duke SG Gerald Henderson with the 8th selection. However, they should be looking at Johnny Flynn, Jrue Holliday and Brandon Jennings instead.

What makes Henderson appealing is his high basketball IQ and strong character traits. His father played in the NBA for 13 seasons including a one year stint with the Knicks. The 21-year old worked out for the Knicks back on June 10th. What turned me off about Henderson is he struggled during the NCAA Tournament  knocking down just 1-out-of 11 three pointers in three games. He shot 1-14 in a 23 point loss to Villanova, which marked his final collegiate game.

Possible scenarios:

1. Instead they draft  Flynn, Holiday, Jennings, Demar Derozan, Jordan Hill (If Curry and Evans are gone)

2. …

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
Rangers Rumors & News

Ranger great Brian Leetch was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame today (along with other first-time-eligible players Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille). And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer, classier guy. Leetch played parts of 17 seasons for the Blueshirts, serving as captain from 1997-2000, and finished his career with Toronto and Boston (we don’t need to get into that now). He was one of the best American-born hockey players ever to play the game, and was also one of the greatest defensemen ever to lace up the skates in the NHL.

His list of awards and accomplishments is long: Of course he’s a Stanley Cup winner, Conn Smythe Trophy winner (first and still only American to win that award), two-time Norris Trophy winner (’92 & ’97), Calder Trophy winner (’89), two-time First Team NHL All-Star (’92 & ’97), three-time Second Team NHL All-Star and he played in nine All-Star games. He is one of only five defensemen in NHL history to record over 100 points …

Knicks Rumors & News

The New York Knicks have a discussed a blockbuster draft trade with the Washington Wizards. Rumors have swirled that the Knicks would acquire the Wizards fifth pick and be able to keep there own selection (eighth). The Knicks covet Stephen Curry and there is no guarantee he will be there at eight. Wilson Chandler, would likely be involved in the deal as he has showed his potential last season. The 6’8″ swing-man had a breakout season averaging 14.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks. He is also just 22-years old and is under contract for the next three seasons.

However, the Knicks would rather trade ex-Wizard players Larry Hughes and Jared Jeffries. This past season the Wiz tried to trade for Hughes when he was on the Bulls for Mike James and Etan Thomas. They also inquired about Jeffries during the trade deadline. However, moving Jeffries will be difficult since he is owed $13.2 million dollars over the  next two seasons.

Hughes was productive in Washington averaging a career best 22 points during …

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

What Happened to the Mets Bullpen?

Mets Rumors & News

In the blink of an eye the Mets bullpen went from the best in the National League to a weakness on a team that is filled with weaknesses. The rotation has had trouble staying healthy, and each starter has traded turns being hot and cold. Fernando Nieve is now their best starter (ok, it’s really still Johan Santana, but it sound more dramatic the other way). The Mets’ punchless offense can’t rely on Brian Schneider to hit a three-run homer every game. And the team’s fielding has been horrible all season. The bullpen had been their one saving grace. But not anymore.

J.J. Putz was not effective at all before going on the DL, but since he’s been gone, Bobby Parnell has completely fallen apart. Parnell taking over the eighth-inning role seemed like an upgrade at the time, but it hasn’t exactly worked out like that, to put it mildly. What happened to him? He’s a one-pitch pitcher who’s struggling with that one pitch I guess is the answer. His …

Friday, June 19th, 2009

The Dog Ate the Mets’ Homework

Mets Rumors & News

Earlier in the season, when talking about injuries, Jerry Manuel said he wouldn’t worry about who’s not on the team but instead would only concentrate on who they have on the roster at the moment. We’ll just have to go to battle with who we have, he seemingly said. He wasn’t going to sit around waiting for Carlos Delgado to get back, because who knows if the first baseman will even return or what shape he’ll be in if he does. And last season, with the all the injuries the Mets had (granted, not as many as this year), Manuel and the rest of the team rarely ever brought it up or used the depleted roster as an excuse. But somewhere along the line, Manuel has changed. He brings up the injuries after almost every game and constantly references all the players on the disabled list and how the team is hoping and waiting for their return. It’s time for him to stop making excuses and mentioning the injured players day after …

Mets Rumors & News

What’s more humiliating: Losing a game on a dropped pop-up, losing 15-0 or losing two out of three to the 2009 Washington Nationals? After the apocalypse of facing the Red Sox and the Phillies, the Yankees and Mets turned to the apocalypse of facing each other, and it wasn’t pretty.  Both teams were awful on Friday, the Yanks had no answer for Fernando Nieve (Fernando Nieve?) on Saturday and the Mets got completely embarrasssed on Sunday. They both got a break in the schedule (and the drama) with the Nationals and Orioles. Or so they thought. When the dust settled it was one bad week for both teams. How many Luis Castillo drops, 15-0 games, blown saves and losing to last place teams can one fan take? With a week like this, how can we have a Player of the Week? So here’s another all-Schmuck edition.

Winner

Luis Castillo: Who else could it be? We’re obligated to put Castillo here. What went from one of the most boring, unmemorable, poorly played games turned into …

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

2009-2010 Fantasy NBA First round Draft

Fantasy

Here are a couple things to consider heading into next season:

1. Point guard is the most valuable position

2. Finding cheap rebounds and blocks is easy

3. Don’t be afraid to draft rookies

First Round

1. Chris Paul (Hornets)- During the regular season CP3 led the NBA in steals and assists. He also averaged a career high 22.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. He shot 50% from the field and 87% from the foul line. Paul can carry your team in assists and steals which are very important fantasy categories.

2. Lebron James (Cavs)-  Entering his sixth season LBJ had a typical year averaging 28.4 points (second in the NBA), pulling down 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. However, his fg% (49) , ft% (78) and three-pointers made (132) were career highs.

3. Dwayne Wade (Heat)- Wade posted a league high 30.2 points last season. After missing 60 games the past two seasons he missed just three last season. He posted career highs in steals (2.2) and blocks (1.3) per game. DWade became the …

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

The Amazin’ World of a Mets Fan

Mets Rumors & News

It would be unbelievable if it wasn’t so believable. When Luis Castillo dropped that pop-up on Friday, I was as stunned as every other Met fan. And when Johan Santana got completely hammered today, I may have been just as stunned (well, not really – do we need to start worrying about him now?). And listening to Tim McCarver sing on Saturday may have been the most stunning moment of all. If you thought the Phillies series was bad, that was a walk in the park compared to this weekend.

But when you’re a Mets fan that’s what you signed up for – dropped pop-ups to lose a game, players missing bases to lose games – losing in any way that is remotely possible. It’s the Washington Nationals who are on pace to be the worst team in baseball history and the Chicago Cubs who’ve gone over 100 years without winning a World Series, but it’s the Mets who are the perceived laughingstock of the league. From Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game to …

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