Archive for January 2010


Friday, January 29th, 2010
Jets Rumors & NewsKnicks Rumors & News

The dream is over. This year’s version of the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets certainly doesn’t look like “the same old Jets,” though. They’re more like the 1973 Ya Gotta Believe Mets, arriving out of nowhere to come oh-so-close to a championship. They’re a team we’ll look back on with positive feelings and one worth celebrating. They went further than anyone imagined, and have a future that certainly looks bright, with a successful coach and franchise quarterback in place (though Mark Sanchez now needs surgery on one knee and will be rehabbing the other – maybe he really is the reincarnation of Joe Namath). The whole weekend was pretty much a nightmare for New York sports, though: the Rangers were embarrassed by Montreal on Saturday night, 6-0, the Knicks were humiliated by Dallas, 128-78, the Nets lost to Utah, 116-83, the Islanders lost to New Jersey (ok, one local team won, but one of them had to) and, of course, the Jets were knocked out of playoffs.

Unfortunately, I can think …

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

David Lee got snubbed

The Eastern conference reserves were named today: Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Al Horford, Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson.

What name does not belong: Al Horford

Horford in his third season is averaging career highs in points (13.6), rebounds (9.8) and field goal percentage (57.5). The Hawks have the third best record in the East but it does not justify him being selected over David Lee.

Horford has 7 games of 20+ points in 44 games, Lee has 8 games this month.

Horford has 1 game of at least 17 boards (which came against the Knicks) , Lee has 6 games.

Horford has 0 games of at least 7 assists, Lee has 4 games.

While Horford blocks more shots, Lee averages more points, rebounds, steals, assists and has a higher free throw percentage. He may be playing out of position but statistically, Lee is one of the most effective centers in the East.

Also it is worth noting Tim Duncan had 27 rebounds vs. the Hawks yesterday. “I put it on myself, part of it” Al Horford said. “I …

Mets Rumors & News

We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

On December 20th, 1996, John Olerud was traded to the Mets for Robert Person. It was one of the greatest trades in franchise history (New York’s, not Toronto’s). The big first baseman was cool and calm, had a sweet, graceful swing and rode the 7 train to Shea (and refrained from …

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

David Lee has made his All-Star case

The Knicks have not drafted a player who turned out to be in all-star since Mark Jackson in 1989. New York has not been represented at the All-Star game since 2001. The last American born white player to make it was Brad Miller in 2003 and 2004. The NBA will release the reserve players on Thursday, and reserve squad will consist of two guards, two forwards, one center, and two wildcards from both the East and West.

David Lee is 7th in points (19.4), 4th in field goal percentage (55.4), 3rd in rebounds (11.4) and leads all NBA centers with assists per game (3.4). In 12 games this month he is averaging 20.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

There is just one 20-10 player in the East and that is Chris Bosh, but Lee is approaching 20 points per game which would make him the second. Lee has been labeled as a system guy but he has shown versatility with a jumper, post moves and attacking the basket.

Here are my reserves:

Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson, Bosh, Gerald …

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
Rangers Rumors & News

The only good thing you can say about last night’s game was at least the Rangers didn’t embarrass themselves. After 156+ scoreless minutes, Artem Anisimov came through with a goal, and we all let out a sigh of relief. But, as usual, the Blueshirts fell to the Penguins (0-4 against them this season). It looks like they’re back to the days of if Henrik Lundqvist makes one mistake and Marian Gaborik doesn’t score, the Rangers don’t have a chance (where have you gone, Marian? Ranger fans turn their lonely eyes to you).

Like clockwork, after the Rangers teased us with those 6-2 and 8-2 victories, they followed them up with the “Carcillo Incident” game, the complete shellacking in Montreal and last night’s “well, we played better” game. They may slip into the playoffs, but it’s doubtful there will be any “getting on a roll” or “turning it around” or “finding themselves” this season. A little successful stretch is always followed by a disaster, or at least a losing …

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Week 14 Pickups

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Week 14 (Jan. 25-31)

Teams playing four games: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio

Teams playing three games: Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Toronto, Utah, Washington

Goran Dragic (Suns): Dragic scored a season-high 20 points last Friday. He also had 4 steals with 3 three-pointers and should receive more minutes with Leandro Barbosa sidelined with an injured wrist.

Marco Belinelli (Raptors)- Belinelli has scored at least 14 points in three of his past four games. He has 5 three-pointers in this span as well.

Daniel Gibson (Cavs)- Gisbson started his first game of the season vs. the Thunder last Friday due to the injuries of Mo Williams and Delonte West. He finished with 13 points, 3 three-pointers, 2 blocks and one steal. He also made the game-winning three-pointer.

J.J Hickson (Cavs)- Hickson had one of his better games in recent weeks against the Lakers last Thursday with 11 points and 14 rebounds. He followed that game up …

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Devils Rumors & NewsIslanders Rumors & News

I’m not a Jets fan, but Rex Ryan has everyone in this city so inspired and pumped up, even I’d run through a wall for him. In fact, I tried to do just that. Unfortunately, I slipped on a bag of Funyuns and flew through the plate-glass window in my living room. Now I have cuts and bruises all over my face and body, one of my ears was sliced off, my wife is furious at me and it’s really, really cold in our living room. Ryan’s infectious motivating style is being packaged into a new self-help, confidence-building program, with books and DVDS – The Rex Ryan Method: Swaggering, Boasting and Eating Your Way to a Newer, More Confident You. Here are his three top keys to turning yourself into a more successful person:

       1. Declare yourself the favorite in any situation; and then make yourself a nice, big sandwich.

       2. Declare that you will be invited to the White House and meet the President; he will …

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Fantasy Basketball: Players to trade for

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Stephen Curry (Warriors)- Tyreke Evans has been playing like the Rookie of the Year but Curry has elevated his game In 8 games this month he is averaging career highs in points (17.1), rebounds (4.6), threes (2.3) and minutes (36) per game. On the season he is shooting 45% from the field and 1.9 steals per game.

Martell Webster (Trailblazers)- Webster is averaging 18.8 points, 3.5 threes, .9 blocks in 39 minutes per game this month. He also is shooting 49% from the field in eight games.

Boris Diaw (Bobcats)- Diaw is playing better after struggling last month. In nine games in January he is averaging 11 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5 assists 1.2 blocks and 1.1 threes per game.

Mike Miller (Wizards)- Miller has been injured plagued all season but when healthy is a multi-category threat. This past Monday he scored 13 points with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and one block.

Andrew Bogut (Bucks)- Bogut has blocked 6 shots twice this month and has 14 blocks over his past 4 games. He has at least 11 rebounds in every …

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Rangers Rumors & News

We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

After starring in Juniors and one year in the minors, New York Ranger left winger Steve Vickers burst onto the NHL scene in the 1972-’73 season by scoring 30 goals and winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the rookie of the year. He netted 30 or more goals in his first four seasons, with a career high of 4…

Monday, January 18th, 2010
Rangers Rumors & News

Wade Redden’s fighting. Chris Drury’s scoring. They totaled six goals. In one game. They’re relentless. They swarm to the net. They’re physical. They stand up for themselves. Who are these guys? Are they the Rangers? Or are they imposters? Ok, we now know they can play a game like they did vs. Montreal and even one such as last week’s contest against the Devils. But then they squeeze in a couple of snoozers in St. Louis and against Ottawa. They have multiple personalities. They have an identity crisis. Not every team is consistent night in and night out, but this is ridiculous.

The Rangers are a team filled with a mix of young and old, and part of the learning curve for inexperienced players is learning to be consistent on a nightly basis, and for the crusty vets on the team, let’s face it, they periodically, and sadly, can’t be bothered to try every single game at this stage of their careers (I don’t think I need to name …

Week 13 Pickups

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Week 13 (Jan. 18-24)

Teams playing four games: Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Toronto, Washington
Teams playing three games: Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Memphis, New York, San Antonio
Teams playing two games: Utah

Carlos Delfino (Bucks)- Delfino scored a season-high 26 points vs. the Jazz last Friday. He also had 6 three-pointers, 4 rebounds and 4 steals in 39 minutes. With Michael Redd out for the season look for Delfino to have games like these.

Derrick Brown (Bobcats)- Brown had a breakout game vs. the Suns last Friday scoring 18 points with 2 steals. He was also 8-8 from the foul line and should bolster a weak Bobcats bench.

Cartier Martin (Warriors)- Martin has played 34 minutes in each of last two games for the injury plagued Warriors. If he receives consistent playing time he can be a cheap source for points and threes.

Chris Wilcox (Pistons)- Wilcox …

Friday, January 15th, 2010
Devils Rumors & NewsIslanders Rumors & News

Confidence. The Jets have it. In fact, the Jets are so confident after whooping Cincinnati’s butt on Saturday, that Rex Ryan feels his team should not only be the favorite in the Super Bowl but also in the NBA playoffs. The first-year coach has his players believing that they can accomplish anything. He’s dispatched Dustin Keller to solve the Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien conundrum. The offensive line is drafting a health-care bill that will make everyone happy. And Bart Scott will be stepping in to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol. To paraphrase Yogi Berra: Sports are 90% mental, the other half is physical. And the Jets are not having any problems with the mental aspect of the game right now (nor the physical side either). Some feel there may be a little too much braggadocio in Jet land, but so far it’s working. Sitting at the other end of the confidence meter is the Nets. They do nothing but lose, and can’t even sniff a victory. Do …

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